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Phoenix Coyotes Goalie Mike Smith’s Wile E. Coyote Mask Awesome, Fitting

Because they are coyotes, get it? Both the goalie, recently signed Phoenix netminder Mike Smith, and the coyote, hence the name Wile E. Coyote! Synergy!

Created by artist David Darrigo, the Wile E. Coyote mask is an idea and work of utter genius and brilliantly done.

The story behind the mask, from Arrigo’s website (via Puck Daddy):

During this summer’s Free Agent frenzy, the Phoenix Coyotes signed my good friend Mike Smith (Smitty) to a multi-year contract.

A new beginning for Mike, and a new beginning for his goalie mask designs. Gone are the days of pirates, X-Men, lightning bolts, and swordfish…

Cometh the day of desert dogs!

Smitty has always been open to experimenting with new designs. This time around I wanted to try a perspective that I hadn’t seen before.

I wanted The Coyote character to be the centre point, however I wanted to continue the graphic along the sides of the mask (rather than having multiple images overlapping).

Additional photos of Arrigo’s masterful handiwork follow.

Arrigo also mentions he has something new planned for fellow Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera. I’m holding out hope for the Road Runner, but I say the chances are slim, given the antagonistic relationship between the two Looney Tunes characters. MEEP! MEEP!

Hey, I got an idea: how about The Space Coyote, Homer’s spirit guide in the episode, “El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer”? Now that would be cool as all get out. Mr. Arrigo: make it so!

Mike Smith – Phoenix Coyotes [davidarrigo.com (via Puck Daddy)]
[images, of course, courtesy of David Arrigo]