The inaugural vote in the first ever Anaheim Calling Tournament of Greatness features a backup who bridged the Guy Hebert and Jean-Sebastien Giguere eras, as well as an alternate mask design worn for just one season by the original franchise goalie. It's first step on the road to determine the greatest goalie mask design of all time in Anaheim Ducks history, as we find out who will face Hebert's top seeded 1996-97 mask.
Dominic Roussel 1999-2000
Traded to the Mighty Ducks by the Nashville Predators ahead of the 1998-99 season for Chris Mason and Marc Moro, Roussel may be best known as the Philadelphia Flyers starting goalie from the 93-94 season. A third round selection by the Flyers in 1988, in his lone season shouldering the majority load Roussel went 29-20-5 with a 3.34 goals against average and .896 save percentage for a Philly team that also played Tommy Soderstrom for 34 games and finished second bottom in the Atlantic Division at 35-39-10.
With Anaheim Roussel served as Hebert's backup for three seasons, appearing in 51 games with a 12-15-9 record, 2.85 GAA and .901 SV%. In his first appearance with the franchise he took a tough luck 1-0 loss to open the 98-99 season at the Washington Capitals, making 33 saves. The best performance of his Mighty Ducks career came December 22, 1998 at Colorado, stopping 45 shots to out-duel Patrick Roy and blank the eventual Northwest Division champions 1-0, making Jeff Friesen's unassisted score stand up the winner. Roussel's only other career Mighty Ducks shutout came against the San Jose Sharks in the 99-00 season. In his final year with Anaheim in 00-01 Roussel suffered through a 10 game winless skid from October 20 to December 27, but won his final game with the club making 23 in a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on January 3 before being waived and claimed by the Edmonton Oilers.
Guy Hebert Alternate 1995-96
After being the first player selected in Mighty Ducks history, Guy Hebert largely kept the design on his mask the same with only slight differences. The one season he tried something different came in 1995-96 when Anaheim finished with a 35-39-8 record good for 78 points, fourth in the Pacific Division and narrowly missing their first playoff berth as the Winnipeg Jets finished with 78 points as well but took the spot by virtue of their 36-40-6 record.
The only images of this alternate mask worn by Hebert in the SB Nation Getty Images archives come from a 5-4 home overtime loss against the Chicago Blackhawks on November 24, 1995. The Mighty Ducks got a pair of goals from Steve Rucchin, tallies from Bob Corkum and Mike Sillinger (who also dealt a pair of assists for a game-high three point night) as Hebert made 40 saves before conceding the winner 3:08 in to overtime. Later in the season Hebert would be back to his regular mask design with the Mighty Ducks crest on the forehead, jade wings with white and yellow trim on the sides, and his #31 on parchment on the chin. Only a few hockey cards feature him with this mask design, including his 95-96 Topps Finest single and 96-97 Metal Universe single.
It's Voting Time
Which mask design is better? Vote in the poll below, share your thoughts in the comments, and remember if you comment about it on Twitter with #ACmaskTOG your chosen mask will get another point added to the total. The poll is open until noon on August 4, so be sure to cast your vote and share with as many Ducks fans as you know!
Historical game information and stats in this article taken from www.hockey-reference.com