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Author: Paul Campbell

InGoal Announces Finalists for Inaugural “Bunny” Larocque Award

The NHL recently announced its finalists for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the top goaltender each season. All three undoubtedly deserve the recognition that comes with such an honour, but here at InGoal, we’ve decided to acknowledge a group of goalies who don’t often receive the praise they deserve. Before the playoffs, we introduced the “Bunny” Larocque Trophy for top backup goaltender. The criteria for the award are described here, and they essentially ensure the award goes to a true backup, rather than a tandem partner or career starter. Even these basic guidelines generated some controversy among our readers, especially the limit on number of...

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Joonas Korpisalo Channels Spirit of the Union Soldier with New Mask

The rich Civil War history of Columbus, OH, is on full display in Joonas Korpisalo’s new mask. You can almost hear the large, finely detailed Union soldiers (the original blue jackets) shouting “Charge!” to the calvary. Korpisalo asked artist Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush for more white and fewer items than his previous mask, opting instead for bigger features like the soldiers, and the large team logo on top. He also wanted new lettering for his name on the chin, so Marsolais created a custom font, complete with a thematically appropriate star dotting the “i.” The 3D flags and backplate star give the artwork the illusion of...

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Breaking Down Bibeau’s Debut

Antoine Bibeau, currently the Toronto Maple Leafs most highly-touted goaltending prospect, got his first taste of NHL action Sunday night versus the recently demolished Colorado Avalanche. The Avs have been offensively toothless this season, so it promised to be a gentle immersion for the 22-year-old rookie. In the end, though the Leafs did dominate, Bibeau’s debut was far from a night off, as he allowed 2 goals on 28 shots in the loss. Bibeau’s first test was on a difficult tip in front:   Bibeau reads the play well. With the puck-carrier on his backhand not threatening a shot, Bibeau is ready for...

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