Mike McKenna, the goalie for the Dallas Stars, is paying tribute to fallen Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott with his mask for the upcoming season.
In an interview with In Goal Magazine, the former goalie for the Springfield Jr. Blues and Peoria Rivermen, says that he’s always had some fun with the backplate on his masks.
“The back plate is where I like to have some fun. I’ve had a nameless character on it since I was playing college hockey at St. Lawrence. A few years ago my friend Jason McMahan started drawing him in character: he was a cowboy in Arizona, a beach bum in Florida, and Thor for Tampa. But this year he’s really special. It’s pretty well known in hockey circles that when the Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999, they were tight with heavy metal band Pantera, especially brothers Vinnie Paul and Darrell Abbott. They even wrote a pump-up song for the team that is still in heavy rotation at the games today. Tragically, Darrell was murdered on stage while performing in 2004. I was – and am – a huge fan of Pantera, especially Darrell’s guitar work. So this year’s back plate pays tribute to a music legend and one of the greatest guitarists to ever grace this earth: Darrell Abbott. RIP Dime.”
Check out more photos and read the full interview with In Goal Magazine RIGHT HERE!
@Regrann from @ingoalmag – A great tribute to late Pantera guitarist Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott on the backplate of @mikemckenna56 new @dallasstars mask by @bishopdesigns … read all about the shared bonds between the team, goalie and late guitarist — and see photos of the rest of the mask — on the InGoal website (link in bio) – #regrann #bishopdesigns #bishitup #grateful
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