New Marlies Mask Features CN Tower
With the departure of Drew MacIntyre, Christopher Gibson will likely be fighting for the Toronto Marlies’ starting role this coming year. Last season, Gibson divided his time between the Marlies and the Maple Leafs’ ECHL affiliate, the Orlando Solar Bears. If this new mask from Sylvie Poitras of Airbrush Zap is any indication, we think Gibson has a good chance of sticking with the blue and white.
According to Poitras, this new mask for Gibson focuses on the city of Toronto, the home of the Marlies, and in particular, the CN Tower. Canada’s largest structure and arguably one of the country’s most recognizable landmarks, the CN Tower is prominently featured both on the left and right side of Gibson’s new mask. On the left side a close-up from below features the tower rising up into the sky, lined by small Marlies logos.
A wavy blue streak runs horizontally across the entire mask, illuminated by small maple leafs and tiny cracks with light shining through. It’s a small touch that looks great on the finished product. The chin of the mask sports a white flag in the background and Gibson’s nickname, “Gibber”, in the fore front. The classic royal blue and white colors of the Maple Leafs and Marlies play together well below the silver of the Bauer cage.
Poitras takes a step back on the right side of the mask and provides a landscape of CN Tower against a big, clouded sky as the elevated subway train screams by the base of the tower. Just above the cage of Gibson’s helmet is the Toronto Marlies logo. It stands out against the swirling sky and as one moves back towards the rear edge, there is a passage that has been on every mask Gibson has worn since he was drafted 16th overall in the 2009 CHL Import Draft by the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. It reads, “Dream a dream, make it a great dream and dream it, greatly”. One has to imagine that one of Gibson’s dreams still remains elusive: starting a game in the NHL. That could be accomplished sooner rather than later.
Drew MacIntyre signing with the Carolina Hurricanes has left the Marlies with a clearer picture between the pipes. Whether or not you view this as a good thing depends on which theory you subscribe to: the “too many cooks spoil the broth” notion or “many hands make light work” philosophy. In any case, Gibson will have a shot at the starting job and should share the majority of the workload with Garret Sparks. Last year, Gibson played 12 games with the Marlies and 20 with the Solar Bears. In that time, he posted a combined record of 13-15-2, with a .916 SV% and 2.44 GAA in Toronto. With James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier signed for at least another year, the chances of Gibson or Sparks seeing NHL action this year likely hinge on injuries to the Maple Leafs starters.
Regardless of Gibson’s place on the depth chart, he’s got a fantastic mask with a clean design that showcases the city of Toronto beautifully. Poitras’ design is smooth, polished, and sure to please onlookers once the season starts up in October. Also, stay tuned for an interview with Gibson to be released by InGoal soon!
Sylvie’s design for Shannon Szabados was featured on InGoal recently, and he has also done work in the past for Martin Brodeur and Mathieu Garon. Be sure to check out Sylie Poitras at Airbrush Zap’s website for more great work.