GLENDALE – Coyotes goalie Mike Smith has been wearing a new mask since returning to action after undergoing core muscle surgery in December.
His new mask, once again designed and painted by artist David Arrigo, offers a fresh take on Smith’s past Wile E. Coyote themed masks.
“Some of the recent masks for Smitty were a little on the darker side, so our premise this time around was to lighten things up, both in color and in theme,” Arrigo writes on his web site, davidarrigo.com.
One side of the mask features Wile E. Coyote triumphantly standing atop Roadrunner, squashing his enemy’s neck to the ground with a goalie stick.
“Taking Smitty’s firey personality into account, I thought it would be fun having Wile E. in battle mode,” Arrigo writes.
The front of the mask features the new Coyotes paw print logo with Smith’s No. 41 painted within it.
The other side of the mask features Smith’s three sons depicted with their favorite toys; Aksel as Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story, Ajax as Dusty Crophopper from Planes, and Nixon with Coyote puppets from Baby Einstein.
“It’s something where I can show my personality and my kids are on the helmet,” Smith said. “They’re pretty pumped about it. They love it.”
The back plate features an up close look of Wile E. Coyote making an angry face.