Darcy Kuemper donned a new mask Thursday. He will wear it with the Coyotes' Kachina uniforms during home playoff games.
David Gunnarsson, the artist behind "DaveArt," created the mask. He and Kuemper worked on the design during the pause. Gunnarsson described the mask to ArizonaCoyotes.com Saturday as having "the cool effect of the DaveArt 4-D experience," which is presented, he continued, by "a sweet mix of glossy and matte clear coat paint."
The sides of the mask feature the Kachina Coyote head, while the top of the mask subtly displays the team's secondary alternate moon logo. Kuemper's nickname, "Kuemps," is on the chin of the mask above the primary Kachina logo, accented with a cacti-ridden mountainous desert landscape.
Kuemper has brandished four mask designs this season; this is his third "Kachina" variation.
The Coyotes' goalie began the year wearing his Kachina design from 2018-19, but quickly debuted a new concept in early November.
Gunnarsson is the artist of Antti Raanta's masks, also.
Kuemper has one mask he wears with the Coyotes' primary home and road uniforms. It is rather minimalistic, with a white base and brick red accent and trim. He will continue to wear that mask for playoff road games.
Kuemper ranked No. 3 in the league this year with a 2.22 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage. Since 2017-18, he is No. 1 in save percentage (.924) among goalies with at least 30 games played.
The Saskatoon native has been considered the Coyotes' top option since the second half of 2018-19. He is expected to start Game 1 Sunday.
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