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by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Wade Dubielewicz was born on January 30, 1979 in the Canadian Province of Saskatchewan. Dubie, as he's fondly known throughout the locker room, picked up goaltending while playing on his older brother"s team at the age of four. The brother would rotate playing goalie and for one tournament it was Dubie's turn. The brothers won every game and Dubie was named goaltender of the tournament.

Twenty-four years later, Dubie backstopped the Islanders to one of the most improbable playoff berths in NHL history.

Dubie's favorite things:

Color: Blue
TV Show: MTV's the Challenge
NHL team growing up: Vancouver Canucks
NHL player growing up: Kirk McLean
Food: Penne Vodka
Movie: Gladiator
Magazine: People
Arena Outside Long Island: Hershey in the AHL
Brand of Skates: Bauer
Brand of Hockey Stick: Reebok-Koho
Pizza: Mushroom-pepperoni-onion
Non-North American city: Never been

Pop Culture Challenge

Do you own any pets? No
Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi
Batman or Superman? Superman
Like the Shootout? Great for the fans and hockey, but when your season hinges on it a red flag goes up
How old were you on your first date? 12
What's the best thing about being a goalie? You get to pick out cool gear and you don't have to skate (laughs).
Jets or Giants? Giants
Mets or Yankees? Mets?
What actor would play you in a movie? Joe Pesci or Orlando Bloom
If you could have dinner with two people who would they be? Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods
What event in history would you like to have been a part of? Stanley Cup Playoffs
If you had a billion dollars, what would be the first thing you would buy? I'd buy an NHL team and myself the starting goalie



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