Being drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes but playing for their American League affiliate, the Portland Pirates, presented some unique options for Louis Dominque when it was time to come up with a new mask for this season.
So Domingue asked artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt to combine the two.
The result, at least on the left side of his new lid, is a character Gunnarsson playfully named Wile E. Pirate.
Not that the famous Swedish painter let the Phoenix ties end with his sword- and hook-holding rendition of the Wile E. Coyote character famous for his failed attempts to catch the Road Runner in Looney Tunes cartoons. There are other links to the area throughout the mask, from a more serene right side, to the sandstone Wile E. crashes through on the left.
“The whole mask is made of sandstone, and on the right side it looks kind of calm and nice,” Gunnarsson wrote on his Facebook page. “But on the other side it is action to the max. Wile E. Pirate is breaking through the Arizona sandstone wall with his pirate sword and hook. Stuff is flying all over. Beware all you players out there, we do not recommend getting close to him.”
Enjoy these exclusive up close pictures of Domingue’s new mask from DaveArt – and below them some bonus shots of a classic new masks for fellow Coyotes’ prospects Chad Johnson and Mark Visentin. All are by Gunnarsson, so be sure to check out his website, his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter at @ArtofDave:
Fellow Coyotes goaltender Chad Johnson wasn’t interested in cartoons on his new lid. He preferred what Gunnarsson labeled “a classic design” with a “retro feeling.” From a distance, that’s exactly what Johnson’s new mask is, but as is the case in a lot of Gunnarsson masks, the closer you get, the more details reveal themselves.
In this case it’s a tribute to the area wildlife.
“When I visited Arizona I was so incredibly fascinated by the cool wildlife, and I just couldn´t stop thinking of those rattlesnakes, we don´t have those here in the forests in Sweden,” Gunnarsson wrote. “When you look closely all over the mask you will discover that the white base is created as the skin of a rattlesnake. And not only that, you also find paw prints of a coyote running all over the mask, and so much more.”
We’ll leave it to you to find those details in these up-close photos:
Visentin went with an even more retro look built around the Coyotes logos, but as Gunnarsson noted when you get up close you see more modern painting effects and detail work, “like Holographix FX, Metallic FX, GhostSmoke and much much more.”