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Raanta's new mask features cartoon dog driving a train

Coyotes goalie unveils helmet for 2017-18 season with Arizona @NHLdotcom

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a dog driving a train?

Arizona Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta unveiled his new goalie mask Thursday, and it features a cartoon dog driving a fast-moving locomotive along with saguaro cactus to give it a true desert theme.

Instagram from @davidofdaveart: Antti Raanta's alter ego is driving a real wild west locomotive on his new Arizona Coyotes bucket...���� Yep, the mask is transformed into a real wild west locomotive driving in full speed with full steam...�������� Watch out and keep the tracks open beacuse this train goes fast������! I gotta say, it is really fun to work with you Antti! Thank you buddy! �������� #anttiraanta @arizonacoyotes @nhl #DaveArt #nhl #DaveArtTheMaskNerd �� #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity

The featured dog is Rantanplan, a character from the Belgian cartoon "Lucky Luke."

Raanta explained why the dog is so important to him in a November 2016 article on the Players Tribune. He explained that he has had the dog on his mask since he was 15 because his former coach dubbed him Raantanplan.

Raanta called the new mask "a masterpiece," and is getting fired up to don it for the Coyotes this season.

Tweet from @ARaanta31: @artofdave #masterpiece cant wait to get the train going!!! @ArizonaCoyotes

David Gunnarsson, the Swedish-based mask artist, collaborated with Raanta to create the new bucket for the Finnish-born goalie's first season in the desert. Raanta was acquired by the Coyotes along with center Derek Stepan from the New York Rangers for defeneman Anthony DeAngelo and the No. 7 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft on June 23.

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