Antoine Bibeau – Wikipedia

Canadian ice hockey player

Ice hockey player

Antoine Bibeau (born May 1, 1994) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing under contract with the Seattle Kraken of the National Hockey League (NHL). Bibeau was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the sixth round, 172nd overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

As a youth, Bibeau played in the 2006 and 2007 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments with the Victoriaville Tigres minor ice hockey team.[1]

Bibeau played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) from 2011 to 2014, where in his final year of major junior hockey he led the Val-d’Or Foreurs to capture the 2014 President’s Cup and was recognized for his outstanding play when he was awarded the Guy Lafleur Trophy as the QMJHL Playoffs Most Valuable Player.[2]

On July 3, 2014, the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL signed Bibeau to an entry-level contract.[3]

Bibeau was recalled on December 1, 2015, after the Leafs demoted goalie Jonathan Bernier to the Marlies for conditioning. Fellow rookie goaltender Garret Sparks was recalled as well when James Reimer went on injured reserve.

Following the demotion of Maple Leafs backup Jhonas Enroth in December 2016, Bibeau was recalled by the team to serve as backup to starting goaltender Frederik Andersen. He made his NHL debut on December 11, in a match up against the Colorado Avalanche. Despite a solid performance by both Bibeau and the team, where they recorded 52 shots to Colorado’s 29, the Maple Leafs would lose 3–1.[4] Bibeau’s first NHL win came in his second game, where he would make 25 saves in a 3–2 overtime win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on December 29.[5]

Bibeau stands with his back to the net waiting for a face-off.

At the completion of his entry-level contract with the Maple Leafs, Bibeau was not tendered a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent on June 26, 2017.[6] On July 1, 2017, Bibeau as a free agent signed a one-year, two-way contract with the San Jose Sharks.[7] After reporting to his first training camp with the Sharks, Bibeau was assigned to AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda, and posted a 23–14–4 record in his first season with the Barracuda in 2017–18. He had a .919 save percentage and a 2.37 goals-against average, earning a spot on the Pacific Division’s All-Star Team. On March 13, 2018, Bibeau signed a two-year contract extension with the Sharks.[8]

On October 2, 2018, he was assigned by the Sharks to continue with the San Jose Barracuda.[9] He spent the 2018–19 season in the AHL, where he went 16–13–5 with a .904 save percentage and a 2.89 goals-against average.

Prior to the 2019–20 season, Bibeau was traded by the Sharks to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Nicolas Meloche on September 27, 2019.[10] He was directly assigned to report to the Colorado Eagles’ training camp. In his Eagles debut on October 4, 2019, Bibeau allowed 5 goals in an opening night defeat to the Stockton Heat, while also suffering an hip injury which placed him on the injured reserve.[11] After a month of rehabilitation, Bibeau was recalled by the Avalanche due to multiple injuries in goal and made his debut with the Avalanche in replacing Adam Werner during a 6-2 defeat to the Edmonton Oilers on November 14, 2019.[12] On November 16, 2019, he became the fourth goaltender to start a game with the Avalanche and also record a win in backstopping Colorado to a 5-4 overtime decision over the Vancouver Canucks.[13] In returning to the AHL, during his first game back with the Eagles on November 23, Bibeau suffered a re-occurrence of his hip injury and opted to undergo season-ending hip surgery effectively ending his brief but eventful stint within the Avalanche organization.[14][15]

As a free agent on October 22, 2020, Bibeau signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.[16] Bibeau never featured with the Hurricanes in the shortened 2020–21 season, posting 5 wins through 8 games in his assignment to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

On August 20, 2021, Bibeau signed as a free agent to a one-year, two-way contract with expansion club, the Seattle Kraken.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA” (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  2. ^ “Antoine Bibeau Backstops Val-D’or to QMJHL Championship | The LeafsNation”. theleafsnation.com. May 14, 2014. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  3. ^ “Maple Leafs sign goaltender Antoine Bibeau to entry-level contract | Toronto Star”. thestar.com. June 3, 2014. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  4. ^ “Bibeau solid in debut, but Leafs can’t solve Colorado: DiManno”. Toronto Star. Torstar. December 11, 2016. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  5. ^ “Bibeau, Kadri lift Maple Leafs past Lightning in OT”. Sportsnet. Rogers Communications. December 29, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  6. ^ “Bibeau, Griffith not qualified by Leafs, will becom UFA’s”. Sportsnet.ca. June 26, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  7. ^ “Sharks sign Goaltender Antoine Bibeau”. San Jose Sharks. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  8. ^ “Sharks Re-Sign Goaltender Antoine Bibeau”. NHL.com. March 13, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  9. ^ “Sharks Reassign Three Players to Barracuda”. San Jose Sharks. October 2, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  10. ^ “Avalanche acquires Antoine Bibeau”. Colorado Avalanche. September 27, 2019. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  11. ^ “Heat 5, Eagles 2”. American Hockey League. October 4, 2019. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  12. ^ “Momentum shift: Avalanche falls to Oilers 6-2”. Denver Post. November 14, 2019. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  13. ^ “All-World MacKinnon knocks down thrilling comeback”. The Province. November 17, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  14. ^ “Season over for Antoine Bibeau” (in French). lanouvelle.net. December 4, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  15. ^ “A missed opportunity for Antoine Bibeau”. Canadalive.news. September 8, 2020. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  16. ^ “Canes sign Goaltender Antoine Bibeau”. Carolina Hurricanes. October 22, 2020. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  17. ^ “Kraken sign a fourth goaltender”. Seattle Kraken. August 20, 2021. Retrieved August 20, 2021.
  18. ^ “Foreurs’ Bibeau wins Guy Lafleur Trophy | The Q News”. theqnews.net. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  19. ^ “Oil Kings shock heavily-favoured Storm to win Memorial Cup | MEMORIAL CUP | Hock”. torontosun.com. May 26, 2014. Retrieved July 9, 2014.
  20. ^ “Memorial Cup All-Star Teams”. Memorial Cup. May 28, 2014. Archived from the original on January 7, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2014.

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