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Christopher Gibson honors Billy Smith on new Islanders mask

Christopher Gibson honors Billy Smith on new Islanders mask

New York Islanders goaltender Christopher Gibson decided to change things up on his mask this season, ditching the unique “Crazy Bobby G” character that adorned his last few lids in favour of a more recognizable franchise icon.

“We decide to go with some history by doing on one side with Billy Smith, who was there for all four Stanley Cup wins,” Quebec-based artist Sylvie Poitras of Airbrush Zap told InGoal. “So I put two images of Billy, one with the dark jersey and the other with the white jersey.”

There are Islanders logos on both sides, and the Fire Island Lighthouse on the left:

“You can also see a fishing boat melting inside the NY logo on the left (above),” Poitras said,

Gibson’s NO. 33 is on the chin, same as last year, and along the top back edge is the phrase “Dream a dream, make it a great dream and dream it greatly,” which has been there since his junior years.

The backplate features a Finnish flag (Gibson was born in Karkkila, Finland) and the Latin phrase “Lector et Emergo,” which translates to “I struggle and emerge.”

Enjoy more close-up photos below, courtesy of Poitras, and to see more of her work be sure to visit her Airbrush Zap website or follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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Kevin Woodley

Kevin Woodley is a rec-league target and former contributing editor of the Goalie News magazine. He has written about the Vancouver Canucks and NHL for The Associated Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and The Hockey News for the last decade, and covered the 2010 Olympics for The AP.