Blackhawks’ Berube pays tribute to Tony Esposito with new mask

New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube, right, lets in a goal by Calgary Flames' Kris Versteeg during third period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Sunday, March 5, 2017. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Jean-Francois Berube looked to the past to get inspiration for part of the design of his new mask.

Berube, who signed with the Blackhawks in July, will sport an image of franchise great and Hockey Hall of Famer Tony Esposito on the right side of his facial protection during the 2017-18 NHL season.

The 26-year-old netminder agreed to a two-year, $1.4-million deal earlier this summer in order to back up Corey Crawford. He replaces Scott Darling, who was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Berube played 14 of his 21 career NHL games in 2016-17. He started seven times and went 3-2-2 with a 3.42 goals-against average and .889 save percentage with the New York Islanders.

Esposito holds the Blackhawks records for wins (413) and shutouts (74).


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