Adin Hill brings the desert to the ice with new mask
Arizona Coyotes prospect Adin Hill may very well be the ‘goalie of the future’ for the Pacific Division club.
As exciting as his skill on the ice is, though, his masks are equally eye-catching – and this year’s new lid is no exception. Take a look:
Hill’s new mask is yet another stellar design from Dave Fried of Friedesigns out of Calgary, Alberta. Last year, the two tried to work with the history of the Coyotes and the state of Arizona, noting Hill’s birth year and the team’s inaugural year in the desert (both are 1996) and boasting the Arizona flag as an overall theme.
This year, they decided to take fans on a walk through the desert with the overall feel of the lid:
“[Hill] was doing some research on Arizona, trying to get ideas for his mask this year,” Fried told InGoal, “and came across an old vintage Arizona sign, which we ended up basing the background desert scene off of.”
The player-artist duo worked together to give the mask a desert feel, powder coating the design to match the team’s colors and showing everything from the Arizona cactus deserts and rocky mountains to the lush forests seen farther north to truly represent the state.
The mask is truly made complete with the Kachina logo on top, designed to look cracked and worn like a desert road sign may look, with Hill’s name across the chin and the team’s new, more modern logo on the sides below ‘Arizona’ and ‘Coyotes’.
The backplate is extra special, though.
“For the backplate, he came up with the idea of a vintage Arizona license plate to incorporate a tribute to his friend & goalie coach MM30, Mike Mangiago, who passed away,” Fried explained. Honoring Mangiago on the backplate, regardless of the style used, is something consistent across all of Hill’s masks – so it’s a familiar sight to long-time fans of the player.
Fried and Hill have been working together since the goaltender arrived with the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks in the 2013-14 campaign, and it shows in the seamless design created by the two.
Take a look at some closer angles of the mask and backplate:
For the start of the year, you’ll be able to catch Hill’s mask on the ice at the Tucson Convention Center with the AHL’s Roadrunners, although there’s always hope to see him called up to the big leagues at some point during the year.