The Best Toronto Maple Leafs Goalie Masks of the Modern Era

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Felix Potvin, Toronto Maple Leafs
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Felix Potvin

Felix Potvin will forever represent the fond memories that the 1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs gave to their city, as they came as close as a team could get to the Stanley Cup Final without actually making it in. It was a run to remember.

They were one win short of the championship series that year and the organization hasn’t progressed that far into the playoffs since.

Potvin is also one of the organization’s all-time leaders in games played, wins, and seasons with the club, so fans had the opportunity to see a lot of him.

Potvin was the epitome of signature style between the pipes. Affectionately known as “The Cat”, his goalie gear followed suit down to every detail and his equipment designs were always innovative.

As simplistic as the elements of his helmet’s artistry appeared, the fierce imagery that the whole picture illustrated was instantly iconic.

Even the lack of anatomical accuracy didn’t matter. You were captivated by the piercing stare of the eyes, in front of a hairline that heightened your fixation, as robust whiskers wrapped across both sides, while the sharpened edges of every exposed tooth appeared ready to finish the job.

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Not only did Felix Potvin’s mask stand out amongst the league’s best of his time, but it continues to be replicated and honoured in today’s game.