Smitty -- (born March 22, 1982 as Mike Smith in Kingston, Ontario, Canada) is a National Hockey League goalie, currently in net for the Phoenix Coyotes, and he was the primary reason the Coyotes won its first playoff series in Phoenix on April 23, 2012 (and only the third series win in franchise history).

Smitty came to Phoenix when the Yotes "lost" their starting goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to the Philadelphia Flyers, when they offered him a head-scratching nine-year, $51 million contract. Smitty was released by Tampa Bay Lightning around the same time, and because he had worked with head coach Dave Tippett during their tenure with the Dallas Stars, Phoenix signed him. After proving himself several times throughout the 2011-12 season, Smitty stopped 54 shots on goal in a 2-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets (the most saves in a regulation NHL shutout) on April 3, 2012, which was the last week of the regular season so his record-setting performance put the entire NHL on notice that Phoenix should be a threat in the post-season.

His nickname "Smitty" is logical in Phoenix since the city used to have a chain of grocery stores named Smitty's Marketplace (founded by Clyde Smith of no relation).

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