American Hockey League vet and Victoriaville, PQ native Antoine Bibeau will put on the red, white and blue sweater for the Allen Americans in 2021-22.
The goalie played his major junior career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2010-14. In those four seasons, Bibeau served as a netminder for the Lewiston MAINEiacs, Prince Edward Island Rocket, Charlottetown Islanders and Val d’Or Foreurs. In his time in juniors, Bibeau played in 126 games, putting together a 3.14 GAA, a .901 save percentage and a 58-38-10 record. As a member of the Prince Edward Island Rocket in 2012-13, Bibeau accumulated the most shoutout performances in the QMJHL with five. After his 28-11-3 season with the Rocket, Bibeau was drafted in the sixth round with the 172nd pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The following year, Bibeau won the QMJHL championship and was awarded the Guy LaFleur Trophy (Playoffs Most Valuable Player) with Val d’Or Foreurs.
Bibeau made his professional debut for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League in the 2014-15 season. In three seasons, he goaltended in 103 games, accumulating a record of 56-33-7 for the Marlies, including a 2.82 GAA and a .905 save percentage. During his last season with the Marlies, Bibeau appeared in two contests for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League, where he held a 1.99 GAA and .927 save percentage. Additionally, Bibeau was also awarded the AHL’s Goaltender of the Month award in October.
Following his departure from Toronto, Bibeau signed with the San Jose Sharks, where he played with the San Jose Barracudas (AHL). In his first season in California, Bibeau had his season-highs in GAA (2.37), save percentage (.919) and saves (1078) en route to a AHL All-Star selection. Since the 2019 season, Bibeau has appeared for the Colorado Eagles (AHL), Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Chicago Wolves (AHL) and the Charlotte Checkers (AHL).
This will be Bibeau’s first season with the Allen Americans, and eighth overall as a professional.