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There’s Still Hope For You: 43 Year Old Laurie To Make 3rd NHL Appearance

Often you hear players talk about “defining” themselves and “carving a niche” that makes them an important player. You know, filling a “role.” Well, Rob Laurie may be the best at this. He’s become the NHL’s go-to emergency backup goaltender as he’ll play for the Minnesota Wild.

Story courtesy of Talking Baws

For the third time in his career and second time this season the Anaheim-based goaltender will suit up for an NHL team. First, it was for the Vancouver Canucks. Now, the Minnesota Wild.

Darcy Kuemper was hurt during the morning skate and later ruled out of action. This forced the Wild to sign the 43-year-old Laurie, formerly of the ECHL and a single appearance in the AHL. Laurie is also an experience roller-hockey goalie from his time spent playing for the Bullfrogs during the mid-90′s.

Must be pretty nice to become “the guy” for any team needing an emergency goalie in the entire state of California. He’s now dressed for Anaheim, Vancouver, and Minnesota. All while over the age of 42.

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Maybe one day I can be signed as an emergency player. I hereby vow to never let go of the dream ’till death takes me.

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Top 10 Tuesday: Best Goalie Masks

Unlike players, goalies have the ability to design their own equipment from the color and design on their pads, glove, and blocker to the painted design on their mask. NHL goalies have unlimited creative opportunity when it comes to painting their masks and this post is dedicated to the best ones:

10. Mike Richter:

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A simple, yet awesome design resides on Richter’s mask who was a Ranger his entire career.

9. Ilya Bryzgalov:

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Bryz waited a long time for his Oiler’s mask because he had to wait for his children to finish their artwork so he could put it on each side of his mask. Though he hardly got to wear the mask before he was traded, including his children’s artwork was both classy and creative.

8. Victor Fasth:

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The Anaheim Ducks paid tribute to the original Mighty Ducks in 2013 and Fasth rocked this epic throwback mask. Kind of makes a person wish the Ducks were still the Mighty Ducks.

7. Yann Danis:

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Though he didn’t play many games with the Oilers, Danis wore a mask that paid tribute to the former dynasty players of the Oilers. The mask features Gretzky, Messier, and Grant Fuhr.

6. Gerry Cheevers:

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After being struck in the mask by a puck at practice Cheevers drew black stitches where the puck had hit. He continued in this fashion creating one of the most memorable goalie masks of all times.

5. Ken Wregget:

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Playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Wregget chose the penguin from Batman Returns to be featured on his mask.

4. Carey Price:

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Price rocked this creepy, yet unforgettable mask during the 2011 Heritage Classic. The mask, featuring Price’s hair and ears on the sides was a tribute to Jacques Plante who’s mouth and eyes are featured on the front.

3. Andrew Raycroft:

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Raycroft’s classy Toronto Maple Leaf’s mask pays tribute to important past Leaf players.

2. Tukka Rask:

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Somewhat reminiscent of Cujo’s masks, Rask showcases a ferocious bear with a unique image of its claws on the Bruin’s logo. Paired with the gold cage, it’s hard not to love this epic design.

1. Curtis Joseph (Cujo):

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Courtesy of his nickname “Cujo”, Joseph showcased a depiction of a ferocious dog based on a Stephen King novel on each of his masks.