EDITOR'S NOTE: Coyotes goalie Devan Dubnyk answered questions from fans on Friday on the team's official Twitter account:
"Hello everybody. This is Devan Dubnyk and I'm ready to start answering your questions so let's get started... #AskDubnyk"
Question from @TheDerrickHolt: If you weren't a hockey player, what would you be doing?
"It's tough to imagine doing anything but hockey. The easy choice would be golf but I'm no good at that."
Question from: @puckstopper: What jersey # will you wear? How about your mask concept?
"I'll be wearing #40. My mask will have Doc Holliday/Wyatt Earp themed giraffes on each side. It looks awesome!"
Question from: @DANger_Zone_16: what do you think about reuniting with Gagner?
"I'm very excited. Sam's a good friend and it's a big bonus for me to have him there with me on a new team."
Question from: @PHXSportsHub: How much of an advantage do you feel that your height gives you in net?
"It's definitely an advantage but only if I play strong positionally so I focus on doing that."
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Question from: @WedOct31: what nickname do you LIKE to be called ( have to get my sign ready )
"Any form of my last name, but it's always fun when friends come up with a unique nickname. We'll see if that happens."
Question from: @rieger_35: do you have any special pre game rituals, or walk into each game differently?
"I do have a routine. I'm not superstitious, in case I can't follow it, but there are too many things to list here."
Question from: @eddiemac3: what was your welcome to the NHL moment? Besides the draft.
"My NHL debut on Hockey Night in Canada in VAN. I came in off the bench down 4-0. Crowd was crazy & so were my nerves."
Question from: @NotVijuente: favourite pregame meal?
"I like chicken/salmon with veggies and pasta with Rose sauce."
Question from @chaseavelar: are you looking forward to a fresh start in Arizona?
"Very much so. Last year was a tough year. I'm excited to forget about it & there's no better place to do it than AZ."
Question from: @Jackie_22: favorite team growing up?
"I moved so much that I didn't really have a favorite team. I usually cheered for the home team wherever I was."
Question from: @azcoyotedog: would you ever consider playing goalie without a mask like in the old days?
"No way! Not to discredit bravery of past goalies but pucks get raised a little higher/easier now w/ the new sticks."
Question from: @toohottoyandle: what's your second fav sport?
"Golf. I try to play once a week & I'm excited to maybe play a little in the winter for the 1st time in my life."
Question from: @JeanneRuairi: hi Devan what is something you're looking forward to this season?
"I'm looking forward to a fresh start & the chance to play on a new, hardworking team that's always competitive."
Question from: @Mackaddie: Who was your goalie idol growing up?
"When I 1st started playing goal in Calgary, Fred Brathwaite was the Flames goalie. I watched him & he became my favorite."
Question from: @GrecekC: What do you like the most about the new team?
"The Coyotes are always competitive & I'm excited to work w/ Sean Burke. Everyone tells me he's one of the best coaches."
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Question from: @Woodguy55: thoughts on longer goalie stick?
"There was an adjustment period at first but overall I didn't mind it."
Question from: @TBog23: Besides Gagner, do you already know some of the guys on the team? If so, who?
"I know some of the guys. I just skated w/ Schlemko & Chipchura this week & I know Smitty & Yandle & Doaner a little bit."
Question from: @CrazyWicki: Why goalie?
"I was always defensive minded playing sports as a kid. For a reason I can't recall I just decided to play goal one year."
"Thanks to everybody who sent a question today. I'm sorry there wasn't enough time for me to get to more. See you in 2014-15 - Devan Dubnyk"