Goaltender Louis Domingue bears a striking resemblance to a former New Jersey Devils goaltender and fan-favorite.
NEWARK, NJ—Louis Domingue hasn’t started a game for the New Jersey Devils yet, but fans will soon find out that No. 70 resembles a former fan-favorite between the pipes.
Just which masked man is ESNY referring to?
None other, than emoji hero, Keith Kinkaid.
— Keith Kinkaid (@Blockaid1) November 10, 2019
While Domingue currently comes at a slightly cheaper price than Kinkaid, the two goaltenders are similar in a couple of different ways, which means that fans should expect to appreciate the St-Hyacinthe, Quebec native both on and off the ice.
“I think I learned quite a bit.”
— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) May 11, 2017
For starters, the two masked men more than likely grew up idolizing Hockey Hall of Famer, Martin Brodeur. Fans are aware than Kinkaid was a big Marty supporter as a youth goaltender who grew up on Long Island, and the chances are Domingue was considering his origin and playing style.
Both netminders are listed as 6-foot-3 and portray similar approaches in net when it comes to their playing styles.
Their movements don’t quite mimic each other considering that Domingue’s glove side is on the right, but their movements, recovery, overall structure and appearance, plus their athletic abilities are comparable.
Let’s just say both goaltenders don’t resemble a netminder such as Sergei Bobrovsky or even the Devils’ MacKenzie Blackwood.
Keith Kinkaid with some video game goaltending. pic.twitter.com/On86hKghNF
— Yahoo Sports NHL (@YahooSportsNHL) December 2, 2018
Similar to Kinkaid, the saves and Domingue’s approach to stopping the puck won’t always be pretty, which is also probably why both netminders aren’t bona fide backups in the NHL.
Still, given an opportunity and in a short time frame, both goaltenders have proven they can do more than just answer when called upon and entertain the fans with their somewhat unorthodox approach for modern goaltenders.
The hope now for Devils fans is that Domingue can be the Kinkaid of 2017-18, who helped carry the Devils back to the Stanley Cup playoffs. That type of performance would also push Blackwood and inspire the team to play better.
Oh, and Domingue isn’t shy about having fun and stealing the spotlight away from the net, either…