Dubnyk's success didn't come easy
It wasn't that long ago that Minnesota Wild sensation Devan Dubnyk was toiling away in the minors while struggling to get his game in shape. But just look at him now.
“I wasn’t dumb. I mean, if I truly thought I would have had an opportunity, I wouldn’t have gone anywhere. But it had been such an insane season and I had a 10-month-old son at home. I hadn’t seen him for 10 weeks. I’m practicing with six guys every day in Brossard,” Dubnyk said of the Habs’ practice facility. “There’s more important things I need to be doing in my life right now, and that’s being a dad. The Canadiens were awesome about it. I just told them I had to go see my son and my wife.”
“I didn’t do myself any favors, I wasn’t exactly knocking any pucks down,” he said. “I’ll never forget those first 4-5 games. I remember the days between games, I felt sick. We’d be on the road and I would go to a movie to try and just lose myself for two hours. As soon as the movie was over, I felt sick again. That was a really tough couple of weeks to start the season.”
“[But] my journey is that I had to really crash and burn, and it took me to Arizona,” he said, “where I was just so grateful at that point just to have a job in the NHL.”
“Minny is such a great place to raise a family, we enjoy it so much there,” said Dubnyk, who with his wife has two boys, 3 and 1. “I mean, life is great. Gosh, it was so close to being a whole lot different than that …”
But it’s not. Because Devan Dubnyk didn’t give up. Because he stayed positive. He rolled up his sleeves and went back to work, just as so many people counted him out.