For those who buy or read The Committed Indian program on, or at Blackhawks home games, I have a 2-page feature running in Wednesday’s issue that hopefully you’ll find interesting. The following is a story I did on Antti Raanta that ran in The Committed Indian back in November. I’ve had requests to post it here, but kept forgetting to do so. So here it is, as it ran on 11/6/13. Raanta was recalled to the Blackhawks eleven days later, after Nikolai Khabibulin went down with a groin injury. Stan Bowman announced today that Khabibulin underwent shoulder surgery that Bowman said would keep the veteran netminder out of action another 4-5 months. Khabibulin will turn 41 this coming Monday. While Bowman claimed Khabibulin “could” return this season, that timetable would put Khabibulin out until around the time of the Stanley Cup Finals. Thus, Raanta, for the foreseeable future, is Corey Crawford’s backup and second on the Blackhawks goaltending depth chart.
By Chris Block
A long way from his home in Finland, Antti Raanta led the Rockford IceHogs onto the ice at AT&T Center in San Antonio last month. Outside, it was just another steamy October Saturday in south Texas. Inside, the IceHogs were opening the 2013-14 season. And for Raanta, it was the beginning of the next stage in his pursuit of realizing his dream of becoming an NHL goaltender.