Michael DiPietro is only 19-years-old, but he’s already showing that he’s got a good head on his shoulders.
And a good helmet on his head.
The Canucks goalie prospect has a new mask that he’ll show off at the Young Stars Classic in Penticton next week.
Noted goalie mask artist, David Gunnarsson, gave fans a sneak peek of the artwork on Instagram on Tuesday. Apart from the usual stuff – a blue and green design featuring an orca, mountains, and his quintessential hockey nickname, “Deeps” – was the presence of the Humboldt Broncos logo.
“This bucket is a true storyteller,” Gunnarsson wrote on Instagram. “One thing Mike knew was he wanted to pay tribute to the Broncos on the mask.”
The Humboldt Broncos have remained in the hearts and minds of Canadians after the tragic bus crash last spring. Washington Capitals forward Chandler Stephenson recently brought the Stanley Cup to the small Saskatchewan town, in an effort to raise the community’s spirits.
The Broncos are currently preparing for the 2018-19 season, which begins for them at home on September 12.
DiPietro will report to main camp after Penticton, where he’ll likely suit up for a preseason game or two before heading back to junior in Ontario. Coming off a season that saw him win OHL Goaltender of the Year, DiPietro is the odds-on favourite to backstop Canada at the World Juniors in December.