Early Favorite For Mask of the Year in College Hockey

All you other NCAA goalies, just go ahead and tap. You’re not going to top what Western Michigan’s Frank Slubowski had done with his mask. Good job, good effort, everyone else.

Nicknamed “The Big Slubowski,” natch, the Broncos sophomore netminder gave a nod to the man most associated with “The Big ____bowski” moniker, The Dude.

There he is in all his be-sunglassed glory, with his beloved rug that really tied the room together gleaming back through the lenses. The Dude most certainly abides.

Now, “The Big Slubowski” is obvious. You gotta give the kid a little bit more of an original nickname, right? Is there anything we can do with the name Frank?

Oh, Frank the Tank. OK. Well, that was anticlimactic.

And if two nicknames weren’t enough for Frank The (Tank) Big Slubowski, his chin is adorned with a third alias: DEUCE.

The artwork, completed by mask painter to the stars Head Strong Grafx, is just splendid. This is a home run.

Lest you think The Deuce is just a body to go along with that magnificent mask, this kid is a rising star in college hockey.

The native of Prince Rupert, B.C., appeared in 32 games last season as a freshman for the WMU Broncos,  helping backstop the team to a CCHA playoff title and NCAA tournament berth.

The Big Slubowski, who actually isn’t all that big physically (5-11, 185), posted a sparkling 2.03 goals-against average, a .911 save percentage, 17-11-4 record and three shutouts during his rookie campaign. He was named MVP of the CCHA tournament as well.

Regardless of what happens this year, he’s already a national champion when it comes to headgear. Care to challenge? You’re out of your element.

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About Chris Peters

Editor of The United States of Hockey. Contributor to CBSSports.com, USA Hockey Magazine and more. Former USA Hockey PR guy. Current Iowan.
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One Response to Early Favorite For Mask of the Year in College Hockey

  1. Charley says:

    Check out Demko’s new mask at the NTDP U18. Great tribute to the troops and the USA.

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