Boston Bruins

  • Keith Kinkaid has discovered his happy place.

    The Bruins’ newest goaltender recently revealed his new helmet, and it turns out that it’s his dream helmet – and signing with Boston made it possible. Kinkaid posted a video of his new headgear on Instagram over the weekend, and it’s a loving homage to the 1996 Adam Sandler comedy classic Happy Gilmore. IG has the full video, but you can see the helmet in the above clip from the NHL Twitter account.

    In case you’ve never searched for a comedy movie on TV or a streaming service, and somehow clicked on this story but haven’t heard of Happy Gilmore … well, it stars Sandler as a failed hockey player who loves Terry O’Reilly and can fire a mean slap shot, but otherwise sucks. He stumbles into discovering a gift for driving golf balls, and rides his talents to the pinnacle of the pro tour in order to save his grandma from losing her house.

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  • Hopefully, if you know the movie, you’re still with me, and that description stirred up memories of the timeless hilarity. Gilmore has aged impeccably well and become one of the most re-watchable sports comedies ever made. So, it’s not surprising at all that a 30-something pro athlete like Kinkaid would consider it his favorite movie.

    Bruins fans and certainly Gilmore fans need to watch the whole video. It splices the famous “Taaap it in” clip with Sandler as Happy Gilmore and Carl Weathers as Chubbs Peterson with a look at the helmet itself, which includes the Sandler line “Tap tap tap-aroo” painted on the side. On the other is an illustration of Sandler from the movie in his Bruins spoked ‘B’ sweater.

    “The opportunity to have this mask made is a dream come true,” Kinkaid says in the Instagram post. “[Sandler] is one of my favorite actors and Happy Gilmore is an all time favorite movie. Grateful to have a career that can bring this all together.”

  • So, there’s only one way to get Kinkaid out of the zone. A big, obnoxious clown.

    (Warning: NSFW language)

  • Kinkaid signed a one-year, two-way contract for a $750,000 cap hit with the Bruins on the first day of free agency in July. He started one game for the New York Rangers last season and has 167 career NHL games to his credit, mostly with the New Jersey Devils.

    The “two-way” part of Kinkaid’s contract means he will be paid more for games played in the NHL than in the AHL. He’s expected to play a lot for the Providence Bruins, as Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark lead the way in Boston.

    In light of that reality, the only way we see Kinkaid in the NHL is likely an injury to Swayman or Ullmark. Or, hopefully, it means the Bruins are resting everyone because they clinched their playoff spot.

    Otherwise, Bruins fans will have to check out the Providence B’s to see the Happy Gilmore helmet.

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