In this his seventh season in the NHL, Devan Dubnyk was selected to his first NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday.
It's something Dubnyk will get experience his family, including his two-year-old son, Nate, and a story he said he would be able to pass down to his children and his children's children for years.
So as the NHL transition to a new three-on-three tournament format for its main event, where goals aren't expected to be at a premium, Dubnyk chuckled as he began to forecast how he might fare against the league's other elite talents.
"Maybe the median save percentage will be 50," he said with a laugh. "We’ll shoot for half-and-half: half goals, half saves, and that should be good."
Dubnyk said it was exciting to be named to his first All-Star Game, while, "Nobody wants to see the goalies in the All-Star Game. You just go and enjoy yourself and don’t worry about how many saves you make, just see what you can do and try to get in front of as many as possible."
The excitement for Dubnyk extended to his teammates and coaches.
"Individual awards, it's a great compliment to those players and the job that they've done, and I don't think those players are able to achieve that without their teammates," Head Coach Mike Yeo said. "But what he's done since we've traded for him last year is incredibly impressive."
Dubnyk will team up with 10 Central Division rivals in an opening game against the Pacific Division. Should they win, and they'll get the winner of the Metropolitan-Atlantic Division game in the tournament final.
|Forwards ||Defensemen ||goalies |
|Jamie Benn - Dal ||Tyler Seguin - Dal ||Dustin byfuglien - WPG ||devan Dubnyk - MIN |
|Matt Duchene - Col ||Vladimir Tarasenko - Stl ||Roman josi - NSH ||pekka rinne - NSH |
|Patrick KAne - Chi* ||Jonathan Towes - CHi ||Shea Weber - NSH || |
* -- denotes fan-voted team captain
"It’s going to be a treat," Dubnyk said. "Those guys all have compiled many goals on me over the years that I’ve been in the league, so it’ll be nice to be behind them watching them score on somebody else."
Dubnyk is also going to go through the paces with his good friend and former teammate, Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne.
"I get along with him really well, so to be able to have somebody to go through experience with, and obviously he's a guy that's been in that experience a few times, too," Dubnyk said.
Getting a chance to appear in his first All-Star Game, Dubnyk said it's something he'll cherish for a very long time, though he wasn't shy when it came to forecasting his own performance with the new three-on-three format.
"It’s going to be a lot more exciting," Dubnyk said. "I always cringed watching the All-Star Game for the goalies that were in it, so this will probably be multiplied even more so with the three-on-three. That’s why you’ve got to go in and just enjoy it.
"With a little competition in the tournament set up it’ll be a fun experience and a fun format."