GLENDALE – Coyotes goalie Mike Smith says his recovery from a season-ending knee injury is complete and he expects his off-season training routine to be the same as any other year.
"Everything is good, everything is healed up 100 percent," Smith told phoenixcoyotes.com. "This past couple of weeks I’ve really felt I’ve kind of gotten over the hump and felt better about myself. I got back into the gym this week and I’m feeling good and strong, and I’m looking forward to a new season."
Smith suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee on March 24 vs. the New York Rangers and missed the final 10 games of the season. Prior to the injury, Smith led all NHL goalies in games (61), starts (60), shots against (1,844) and saves (1,687).
Smith was at Jobing.com Arena on Wednesday to film an upcoming episode of “Coyotes Classics” for FOX Sports Arizona. During a break in the filming, Smith spoke about a trip he made home to Verona, Ontario last week and a visit he paid to his former elementary school there to show the students the gold medal he won with Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
"My hometown of 1,000 people are a pretty proud town," Smith said. "I’ve been pretty fortunate to have the support I have back home with family and friends and people I don’t even know flying flags and cheering for me … so I wanted to give back to them and show the support that they’ve given me right back to them. I think everyone in the school got to touch the medal and we got some pictures with each classroom … so it was a great day for me to show my thanks to them for the support they’ve given me."
Smith also said he would remain in Arizona until the birth of he and his wife’s third child, which is due July 19.