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Red Wings Daily: Hellberg May Be Best-Dressed Detroit Goalie

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Magnus Hellberg's new Red Wings goalie pads were turning heads when he donned them for his first practice with the team Friday in New York.

Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is remaining non-committal about when goaltender Magnus Hellberg might be making his debut between the posts. However, one thing’s quickly becoming apparent where Hellberg is concerned – when he does play, he’ll certainly be the best-dressed Red Wings goaltender.

When he took the ice for his first Detroit practice on Friday, the 31-year-old Swedish netminder who signed with the team late last week was turning heads with his sparkling new Red Wings gear.

“I have to give credit to Brian’s,” Hellberg said. “The guys there take care of me really good and their service is great. With this stuff before the Olympics I got my Olympic pads just for a week before that.

“I now I have to go here quick, so they made a great set for me on a short notice. Credit to Brian’s and their designers. The pads are unbelievable. I think they’re really nice.”

Based in the town of Kingsville, Ontario, about a 45-minute drive from Detroit, Brian’s has been outfitting NHL netminders for decades. Among their current NHL clients are the last two goalies to face the Red Wings – Igor Shesterkin of the New York Rangers and Antti Raanta of the Carolina Hurricanes.

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