GLENDALE – Coyotes backup goalie Mike McKenna is a fan of auto racing and he expresses his affinity for that sport in his mask.
“The design of the mask is based on a series of racing helmets,” McKenna said. “It’s pretty simple. I’ve kind of moved back towards more of a plain mask as opposed to a really air brushed mask, and that’s just my personal taste. Some of it’s a little bit bolder and you can see it from a distance.”
Art Rotondo is the designer/artist of McKenna’s mask, except for the back plate, which was painted by McKenna’s friend Jason McMahan; Rotondo incorporated McMahan’s signature into the back plate.
Like most goalies, McKenna loves the fact he’s able to express his personality in his hockey gear.
“Its’ one of the perks of the job,” McKenna said. “We get to show off our personalities in our equipment, and when we’re done playing we have some great reminders of our career.”
McKenna, 31, made his debut with the Coyotes on Monday at the Pepsi Center and stopped 29 of 34 shots vs. Colorado. It was his first game in the NHL since Dec. 23, 2013 when he stopped 30 of 33 shots for Columbus in a win over Carolina.