In a small suburb outside Montreal, Sylvie Marsolais is putting her own flair on the "art of goaltending"
"It's the most beautiful thing to do this kind of work because it combines my two passions.", said Marsolais.
Along with her life and business partner Alexandre Mathys, the pair have owned and operated sylabrush airbrush for the past 7 years, a company which mainly specializes in the detail and customization of goalie masks.
"It's gratifying because you're not just punching a card, you're making your own job.", said Mathis.
With each project taking anywhere between 20-40 hours, it's certainly a labor love... One which fittingly started, of all places, on the ice.
"We met playing hockey,", said Mathis. "Which I never thought would be the case. I came in as a replacement and she was already on the ice. That's how we met."
Like any small business, the company's growth took time... But as Marsolais designs began to gain attention, big names came calling from every crease including the Canadian junior leagues, Hockey East, and AHL.
"At first it was just for fun but now that the company has grown, I can do it for a living.", said Marsolais.
This year, their biggest dreams were finally realized when NHL goalies, Carolina Hurricanes Anton Khudobin and Pittsburgh Penguins' Jeff Zatkoff took their game to the highest level of the sport.
"To turn on the TV and see his mask was amazing. An unbelievable feeling!", said Marsolais.
Sylvie is known for many things but what sets her apart is her realism.
"When I get into my zone I can do this for 12 hours.", said Marsolais.
To date, Sylabrush has shipped close to 300 helmets out of their home-based shop... For two diehard Canadiens fans their next goal is to deliver one to the Bell Centre.. But that doesn't mean they'd be opposed to outfitting one of the Habs biggest rivals if given the opportunity.
"If anyone wants a mask, I'll make it. If that's for the Bruins, I'll do it and root for them too.", said Marsolais.
If life's truest design is to do what you love and love what you do... Then these two are doing that... with style.))