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Bible Hill artist creates piece for True Patriot Love Foundation auction

Duane LeBlanc's Halifax Mooseheads replica army helmet that he painted for an auction in support of the True Patriot Love Foundation. Submitted photo

BIBLE HILL - A piece of Duane LeBlanc's artwork will soon be on the auction block.

The Bible Hill resident just completed airbrushing a replica army helmet that will be used in a fundraiser for the True Patriot Love Foundation.

The Halifax Mooseheads approached LeBlanc, who owns LeBlanc Designs, about a month ago about the helmet. The team has commissioned LeBlanc in the past, as his artwork adorns the mask of Anthony Terenzio.

"It had to have the Mooseheads logo on it," LeBlanc, 36, said of the army helmet. "It was nice. I had free reign there too."

The helmet features the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team's logo on the front, with the leaf from the Canadian flag on the back.

A thick white strip connects the two features, which is where players from the team left their signature.

On the sides, however, is where LeBlanc's handiwork from the last 20 years really comes into view.

"I've always been a fan of the Band of Brothers, and if you take a look at their posters, there's a silhouette of them. I thought it kind of fit."

Each side of the helmet has five hockey players silhouetted with hockey sticks.

The True Patriot Love Foundation, founded by a group of citizens who wanted to build bridges between Canadian civilians and their military, raises money for a host of charities, including the Military Families Fund and Soldier On.

On Nov. 4, the Mooseheads will host their eighth annual Department of Natural Defense Appreciation Night.

That same evening, the inaugural Halifax tribute dinner will be underway in support of the True Patriot Love Foundation, which is where LeBlanc's masterpiece will be placed in a silent auction.


Organizations: True Patriot Love Foundation, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Military Families Fund Department of Natural Defense Appreciation Night

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