Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta honors ‘Eddie the Eagle’ with outdoor mask

Antti Raanta

The last leg of the NHL Stadium Series takes place this weekend in Chicago. Sunday’s Ottawa-Vancouver game in B.C. Place falls under the Heritage Classic banner, but still, Saturday’s Pittsburgh-Chicago game at Soldier Field could be the final outdoor game this year (West Coast weather permitting).

Goalies have kind of made the outdoor games their playground to show off some creative style. Henrik Lundqvist wore pinstriped pads, while Evgeni Nabokov went with the Jose Theodore look by sporting a toque on his helmet at Yankee Stadium. Toronto’s Jonathan Bernier chose the toque as well, but added an old-school look to his pads. It’s what the goalies do for these events.

It’s unlikely Antti Raanta will start for the Blackhawks in Saturday’s tilt, as it’ll surely be Corey Crawford’s outdoor experience. But it is highly likely the backup Blackhawks goalie will have the best look among the ‘tenders in that game.

Why? I’ll tell you why. He’s going with the Eddie Belfour look, that’s…why.

Antti Raanta

There’s still no word yet on what Crawford or Marc-Andre Fleury will look like on the ice, but here’s betting they won’t be able to top Eddie the Eagle. For your reference:

Ed Belfour

What do you think of Raanta’s Stadium Series get up?

Picture of Raanta’s mask courtesy the Chicago Blackhawks.

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