This story is part of Wild.com's 2017-18 season preview.
Devan Dubnyk is not a small man. At 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, the Wild goaltender is nicknamed "The Giraffe."
A nine-year NHL veteran, Dubnyk has an encyclopedia of hockey memories upon which to draw: the day he was drafted in the first round by the Edmonton Oilers, his first NHL start, his first start with the Wild, which came two years ago in Buffalo.
But one of his fondest memories of his hockey players days came long before he played professionally, or even before he earned his nickname while playing junior hockey.