The designs on the front of Devan Dubnyk
's mask have changed a lot over the past two seasons, but as he remodeled his look again after a trade to the Minnesota Wild
last month, the portrait of his 17-month-old son on the back remained a constant.
Whether Dubnyk needed perspective amid a nightmare season in 2013-14 that included time in the American Hockey League, inspiration to get back to the NHL, or a break from the mental grind of goaltending now that he is back, he could find it in his son, Nathaniel.
"To see him is the best part of your day so it doesn't matter what else is going on, you can forget about it," Dubnyk said. "In order to come to the rink focused every game you have to be able to let it go on the days between, otherwise you tire out mentally. So to have him there and see him helps, no matter how much other stuff is going on."