Jordan Papirny debuted his new mask in practice this week, featuring a logo on the front and a motto on the back that both mean a great deal to the Brandon Wheat Kings goaltender.
The most obvious element of the clean white, gold and black design that replaces the all-white mask the 17-year-old rookie has worn so far this season is the vintage Wheat Kings emblem on the forehead.
Less prominent, but also high in importance for Papirny, is the script on the back that reads ‘Play for Fundy’, a tribute to Kyle Fundytus, a 16-year-old who was killed in 2011 when he was hit in the neck by a puck while playing for Edmonton’s South Side Athletic Club Midget AA team.
"We’re really close with the Fundytus family and I think it was really important to show some respect that way," said Papirny, a former SSAC player whose older brothers coached Fundytus, "and I’ll always have Kyle on the back of my mask."
Papirny’s mask also sports an SSAC crest featuring Fundytus’s No.11.
"Lots of guys have that everywhere, (including) patches on the jerseys actually this year on South Side," Papirny said. "Lots of guys get them on their car and bumper stickers and it’s just a great way to show your memory for Kyle."
ONE-TIMERS: Wheat Kings captain Ryan Pulock, who sat out Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Red Deer, is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. It’s unclear whether he will be in the lineup on Friday night when Brandon battles the Moose Jaw Warriors at Westman Place ... The Warriors picked up D Jesse Forsberg, 20, from the Seattle Thunderbirds on Wednesday in exchange for a 2015 third-round bantam draft pick ... The Edmonton Oil Kings got a first-round NHL draft pick and their captain back on Wednesday when the New York Islanders reassigned D Griffin Reinhart, 19, to junior ... The Lethbridge Hurricanes traded D Adam Henry, 18, to Seattle yesterday for D Griffin Foulk, 18.