Goalie is heart of Delaware’s hockey hopes

Kurt Pflumm fastens the straps of his white, blue and gold pad, scattered with black battle scars, around his left leg. After that, he does the same with his right leg pad. Pflumm always goes from left to right when getting dressed – it’s one of his superstitions. Then he puts on the most important part of his ensemble. Pflumm dons his mask, designed by a former teammate to resemble those worn by professional players. A “UD” logo is emblazoned on the forehead, his number 39 adorns both sides, and painted stitch marks show the results of wounds Pflumm might have suffered without his trusted piece of equipment.

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