Bibeau’s Beautiful Maple Leafs Felix Potvin Tribute Mask
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Antoine Bibeau has already teamed up with Quebec-based artist Sylvie Poitras of Airbrush Zap on beautiful tributes to a couple of the franchise’s puck-stopping legends, so it’s no surprise they’ve teamed up again this season to pay homage to another:
— Antoine Bibeau (@BibeauAntoine01) August 10, 2016
Bibeau’s previous tributes included one to Johnny Bower and another to Mike Palmateer, so it made sense he kept moving towards more modern times by paying homage to “The Cat,” whose legend status in Bibeau’s native Quebec is up there with Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur.
Poitras is from Chicoutimi, where Potvin played junior, started Bibeau’s new design by making the base a replica of the cat mask that Potvin wore throughout an NHL career that was defined by his start and eight seasons in Toronto but also included later stops in New York, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Boston. On each side she added a portrait of Potvin stopping pucks for Toronto, including his trademark Koho gear, with Maple Leafs and a 100th Anniversary logo sprinkled into the background (more photos below):
Bibeau, 22, is entering his third season in the Maple Leafs system after being picked in the sixth round, 172nd overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft. He was 28-9-1 with a .909 save percentage in 40 games with the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League last season.
Poitras has an impressive pedigree of her own, having painted masks for the likes of Brodeur and Shannon Szabados, among others. You can check out more of her work at Airbrush Zap’s website, or by following her on Twitter, but in the meantime enjoy more close ups of Bibeau’s beautiful new mask that Poitras kindly shared with InGoal Magazine: