GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As the NHL lockout dragged on, Coyotes goalie Mike Smith took part in some of the well-publicized, well-attended skates at Scottsdales Alltel Ice Den with his teammates. The conditioning was helpful, but the lack of coaching and structure was often detrimental.
You try your hardest to compete on every shot, but when theres not much defense, it gets pretty frustrating for goalies, he said. You can develop some pretty bad habits.
With that in mind, Smith chose to take some time off and do some of the things hed been pining to do. He spent more time with his son, Aksel, at the park and at the zoo. He spent time bonding with his newborn baby boy, Ajax. And he went elk hunting with his dad, Ron, and his brother, Brad, along the continental divide near Leadore, Idaho.
All three of us harvested a bull elk, he said. My dads been wanting to go elk hunting since he was a young boy. It was something Id never been able to do with him before because of my hockey career, so ...