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by Jesse D. Eisenberg / New York Islanders
Throughout October, the Islanders have participated in a number of programs to raise funds and awareness in support of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer month initiative. In Saturday night’s win over the Colorado Avalanche, most players rapped their game sticks with special “pink-ribbon” tape before auctioning them off to fans, and Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson defended the crease with an all-pink goalie stick.

Fellow goaltender Rick DiPietro upped the anti at Monday’s morning skate in Toronto, debuting a set of bright pink goalie pads, complete with a pink blocker and glove set.

“This whole month is breast cancer awareness month, and my wife’s aunt actually passed away from breast cancer so it’s something that we wanted to do,” said DiPietro. “Bauer’s done a great job accommodating me.”

The new equipment garnered a lot of attention at practice, and though the pads are certainly the most eye-catching of DiPietro’s pink arsenal, they’re not the only things the Isles goalie has planned for the month.

“I also wear the ribbon on my mask,” said DiPietro. “I’ve got some pink sticks coming as well.”

Weather or not you like the aesthetics of the new gear, fashion critiques will be happy to know that DiPietro is wearing the pads for a good cause.

“It gives us an opportunity to donate some money to charity by auctioning those things off,” said DiPietro, who plans on using several sets of the new pads throughout the month in order to raise as much money as possible.

As for when the pink gear will see its first game action, DiPietro added, “It all depends on how much time I get on the ice. Maybe about a week.”

Roloson Salutes Isles Greats with New Mask
Dwayne Roloson also debuted a new piece of equipment at the Islander’s morning skate on Monday Morning in Toronto. His new mask features former Islanders goalies Billy Smith and Glen “Chico” Resch on either side, with an Islanders logo on the forehead and his name on the chin.
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