Roloson’s new mask pays homage to Islanders legends
Dwayne Roloson gives a shout out to Billy Smith and “Chico” Resch
New York goaltender Rick Dipietro stole most of the headlines by breaking out a new set of bright pink pads and matching gloves prior to Monday night’s game between the Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs.
As good as Dipietro’s cause is in raising money and awareness for the Hockey Fights Cancer month, for pure aesthetics his playing partner, Dwayne Roloson, was a better story – and not because of a sometimes spectacular 29-save performance in a 2-1 overtime win over Toronto.
Roloson also debuted a brand new orange and blue lid featuring tributes to Islanders greats Billy Smith on the right side, and Glen “Chico” Resch on the other.
And while there was no word on whether or not the Smith image struck fear into any opponent that dared come near the New York crease, Roloson’s shout out to the past is certain to strike a more positive chord with Islanders fans everywhere.
It’s also a nice continuation of a recent trend of tribute masks that, if the response here at InGoal Magazine is any indication, has been well received from goalies all over the world.
The list began with Los Angeles Kings No.1 Jonathan Quick doing his best Rogie Vachon impersonation in the season opener, a story that generated another 10,000+ page views in just over four hours after being picked up in Finland on Monday. It continued with the debut of Canucks backup Cory Schneider on Sunday, and a tribute mask to mark Vancouver’s 40 years in the NHL.
You can find more shots of Roloson’s great mask at the New York Islanders photostream.