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Me and My Goalie Mask

May 29, 2006
May 29, 2006

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May 29, 2006

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Me and My Goalie Mask

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

CAM WARD

This is an article from the May 29, 2006 issue Original Layout

CarolinaHurricanes

AFTER THEstylized Hurricanes flag on each side and a 3-D image of the team logo on thefront, things get personal. On the rear of Ward's helmet, along with his number30, is a small cross and the name frank ward, his grandfather, who died lastyear while Cam was in the AHL playoffs. "I tried to not get too crazy,"says Ward, a devout Baptist who prays before each game. "Just a couple ofthings that are important to me."

ILYABRYZGALOV

Anaheim MightyDucks

BRYZGALOV ALWAYShas a three-duck night. "On my mask I have Daffy Duck (above) because he isa funny duck and I'm a funny guy. I have Darkwing Duck [of the early 1990scartoon series], who is a hero. I want to be a hero. And there's ScroogeMcDuck. He's rich. I want to be rich," says Bryzgalov, who earned $456,000this season. The rookie designed the mask himself, complete with a flag of hisnative Russia on the back and his nickname-surprise! It's Bryz-on the chin.

RYAN MILLER

BuffaloSabres

HE'S LIVING thehigh life now-a 9-3 playoff record through Sunday-so it's fitting that he hasmiller time written on the back of his mask. The 25-year-old also has a lizardto signify, he says, a creature that doesn't think, just acts. And in tributeto his cousin Matt Schoals, 16, who has leukemia (in remission), Miller hasmatt man below a bulldog (Matt wants one). The dog is wearing a hat and sweaterfrom Miller's alma mater, Michigan State.

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The Pop CultureGrid

How do sports stars fit in?People say I look like …Place I'd like to road trip toSeason finale I've most looked forward toSong I can't get out of my headPeople would laugh if they saw me ...Least favorite food?
JIM THOME
White Sox 1B
Larry BirdHawaiiAmerican IdolNo song in my headSingGerman food (bratwurst, left)
WILLIE RANDOLPH Mets ManagerJeffrey OsborneSan DiegoSopranos (above)Ain't No Stopping Us NowCookLiver
KARA LAWSON Monarchs GMy dad, WilliamCapetown, South Africa24Something More (Sugarland)Sing or danceLiver
BRANDON WEBB
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Brandon Lyon (D-Backs pitcher)VegasGrey's AnatomyDani California (Red Hot Chili Peppers, left)Play the guitarCabbage


NINETEEN PHOTOSLOU CAPOZZOLA (WARD'S MASK, 2); DAVID E. KLUTHO (BRYZGALOV'S MASK); BILL WIPPERT (MILLER, MILLER'S MASK, 2); CHARLES LABERGE/GETTY IMAGES (WARD); REED SAXON/AP (BRYZGALOV); JOHN IACONO (FERGUSON); JOHN BIEVER (THOME); CHUCK SOLOMON (RANDOLPH); FRANCIS SPECKER/AP (KARA LAWSON); KHAMPHA BOUAPHANH/AP (WEBB); JOHN W. MCDONOUGH (BIRD); KEVIN WINTER/GETTY IMAGES (OSBORNE); ROBERT BECK (WILLIAM LAWSON); JOHN MEDINA/WIREIMAGE.COM (LYON); KARL WALTER/GETTY IMAGES (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' FLEA); MARTIN DIEBEL/FSTOP/GETTY IMAGES (SAUSAGE); HBO/THE KOBAL COLLECTION (SOPRANOS)