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Hutchinson has a new look in camp

A new mask, and a turn to the "dark side" for the 26-year old

by Mitchell Clinton @MClinton007 / WinnipegJets.com

It was a new look Michael Hutchinson that took to the ice in training camp today.

With a new two-year contract signed earlier in the summer, Hutchinson had a new mask designed and new dark equipment ordered in for 2016-2017.

"I've been working with the same painter for a few years, and he's unbelievably creative," said the 26-year-old Hutchinson. "I just like something that's simple and easy to see from far away. We talked and we liked how the matte wooden finish worked out a couple years ago. So we decided to go with a matte finish again.

"From there, he just came up with an amazing design and the colours really kind of pop and go with the jersey."

 

The dark pads, blocker, and glove were an idea he got from an NHL friend of his: Scott Darling of the Chicago Blackhawks.

"I was talking to him and was like 'you know what, I'll try it out in the summer and see how I like it,'" he said. "I tried it out and it felt good. I kind of like the way it looks so I'm going to try and give it a go for the start of the season."

While Hutchinson went back to the drawing board on his gear this off season, he had to do something similar in November last season when things weren't going his way between the pipes.

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He started seven games that month, and despite his best efforts, only came away with one win. That win came in relief of Ondrej Pavelec against Arizona.

Hutchinson and Winnipeg Jets goaltending coach Wade Flaherty got to work tweaking some parts of Hutchinson's game, and the confidence Hutchinson was used to slowly started to return.

"This year's it's just trying to remember what I did last year to be successful and just kind of building off that," said Hutchinson. "There are very few seasons that you have where everything goes your way. There's always going to be ups and downs. It's just trying to limit the downs when you have them and not let them snowball into bigger things."

Now with training camp underway and the competition for playing time in the crease as fierce as ever, Hutchinson is focused on what he can control: stopping pucks.

"At the end of the day, if you stop the pucks and you help the team win, everything is going to sort itself out," said Hutchinson. "You can't get concerned with what other guys are doing or what possible situations there could be. I have a job here and that's to come in and stop the puck."

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