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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A recent history of the Bruins' alternate and special edition jerseys
It’s just the latest installment in what’s been a parade of alternate and special edition jerseys rolled out by the Bruins over the last 20 years and change.
What the Bruins and adidas will do to make this revised ‘Pooh Bear’ pop in 2022-23 is still unclear, but there’s a solid trend of options to draw from when it comes to designing the Black and Gold’s next ‘Reverse Retro’ sweater and eventual 2023 Winter Classic jersey.
Here’s a look at what the Bruins have turned to in the past when looking for a new sweater to add to any given rotation…
‘Reverse Retro’ (2021)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – APRIL 15: David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New York Islanders during the third period at TD Garden on April 15, 2021. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Everything about the 2021 season was just straight-up bizarre.
It’s one of those things that kinda baffles me when I sit and think about it. I mean, I actually straight-up covered empty-arena games where they pumped artificial chants and crowd noise in for two and a half hours. Sometimes the crowd noise would still linger and play long after the game had ended, and it was within those moments that I felt that I was indeed living in some sort of nightmarish dystopian simulation. (Honestly, we might be, but that was especially jarring.)
Anyway, one cool thing that came out of that season: The NHL and adidas teaming up for the ‘Reverse Retro’ jerseys, which put a modern (and often colorful) spin on an old jersey. For the Bruins, that meant a gold version of the jerseys worn during the Bourque-Neely era of B’s hockey.
I don’t know about you, but I loooooooooved these jerseys. They were so crisp and sharp looking, and count me as one of those that always felt the Bruins needed more than just a hint of gold in their uniforms. You can’t be the ‘black and gold’ and have a 95-5 split of said colors.
These jerseys did not return for the 2021-22 season, however, as the league decided that the first round of ‘Reverse Retro’ jerseys would be a one-off, for some reason.
‘Block B’ alternate (2019-present)
Nov 14, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins center Charlie Coyle (13) reacts after scoring a goal during the third period against the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden. (Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports)
Boston’s current third jersey (they wore the hell out of these during the first half of the 2021-22 season), the ‘Block B’ alternate is essentially what happens if you splice the 2019 Winter Classic jersey with the third jersey first introduced in 2008.
This jersey pays homage to the franchise’s days before the B became spoked, which was the case up until the 1950s. Everything about this sweater screams Milt Schmidt, to be honest.
It’ll be interesting to see if this jersey survives beyond this upcoming season, as the Bruins will introduce both a new Reverse Retro and a new Winter Classic jersey in 2022-23.
Winter Classic 3.0 (2019)
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 14: Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins tends net during the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden on January 14, 2019. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
The Bruins threw it back to the 1930s with their 2019 Winter Classic jersey. This jersey didn’t survive beyond the 2019 stretch run, however, as the Bruins opted not to utilize it as an alternate following the 2018-19 season. Shame, ’cause it looked real sweet against fellow Original Six teams.
Winter Classic 2.0 (2016-2017)
BOSTON, MA – DECEMBER 10: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins warms up before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on December 10, 2016. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
The 2016 Winter Classic was not a hit for the Bruins. In fact, it was probably one of the most forgettable games you’ve ever watched. (No, seriously, everything about this game was pure trash.) But the jersey worn by the Bruins for that disaster at Gillette Stadium? Well, that was a touchdown.
In fact, this jersey remains the only Winter Classic jersey to remain in the Black and Gold’s rotation for more than one season, as the B’s used this as their third jersey during the 2016-17 season.
Blackout Bruins (2008-2016)
The Boston Bruins on December 5, 2009 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Getty Images)
Fittingly, this all-black jersey was introduced on Black Friday 2008.
In addition to the Bruins’ secondary logo featured as the primary logo, this third saw the Bruins go full ‘Time Bomb’ by Rancid with a black shirt, black pants, and black socks. This was the start of the Bruins toying with the idea of black socks instead of their once-normal gold (14 years later and the Bruins now wear black socks at home on a full-time basis).
Not sure about you, but whenever I see this jersey, I think of Marc Savard whipping up some power-play wizardry along the half wall. I can’t explain it. It’s just who I see. Honorable mentions, again, for whatever reason: Byron Bitz, Michael Ryder, and Dennis Wideman.
This jersey was replaced by the 2016 Winter Classic jersey as the B’s third in 2016.
Winter Classic 1.0 (2010)
BOSTON – JANUARY 01: Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins looks on before the game against the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic at Fenway Park on January 1, 2010. (Elsa/Getty Images)
Of the B’s three Winter Classic jerseys, this one got the least amount of mileage. The Bruins wore this jersey at the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park, and I think they wore it one other time before the end of the 2010 season. (I remember Johnny Boychuk took a puck to the face area in this jersey, and that was about a month or so after the Winter Classic, I wanna say.)
The Bruins took it out of circulation at the end of the season and we haven’t seen it since.
That ’70s Throwback (2006-07)
CHICAGO – DECEMBER 29: Wayne Primeau #20 of the Boston Bruins skates against Jeff Hamilton #51 of the Chicago Blackhawks on December 29, 2006 at the United Center. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The replacement for ‘Pooh Bear’ in 2006-07, this jersey paid homage to the Bobby Orr era of Bruins hockey, and was typically worn whenever the Bruins played an Original Six team. This jersey was influential in a major way, too, as it reminded the Bruins just how classic and clean this template looked, and it was essentially remodeled with modern tweaks for the rebranding ahead of 2007-08.
‘Pooh Bear’ Gold (1995-2006)
19 Dec 1998: Ray Bourque #77 of the Boston Bruins in action during the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts. (Steve Babineau /Allsport)
The most infamous jersey of the bunch, the gold ‘Pooh Bear’ is one of those jerseys that you either love or hate. Rarely is someone in the middle when it comes to this one.
And if they are in the middle, you’re immediately suspect of their motives. “Did their dad design the jersey? Is there a school picture of them wearing this jersey on picture day kicking around somewhere? Were they a huge fan of 2000 masterpiece Most Valuable Primate? How do they not have a hard stance on this jersey?”
Some quick facts to explain how long Pooh Bear has been around and how long it’s been out of circulation: Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron is the last active NHL player to wear this jersey. Zdeno Chara, who spent a decade and a half with the team, never wore this jersey. And this was the jersey Joe Thornton wore in his final home game as captain of the Boston Bruins.
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