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Blackhawks agree to terms with Finnish goaltender Raanta

by Chicago Blackhawks / Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Antti Raanta (AHN-tee RAHN-tah) on a one-year contract.

Raanta, 24, earned a 21-10-11 record with five shutouts, a 1.85 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage in 45 games last season with Assat Pori of SM-liiga (Finland). Raanta led the league in goals-against average and save percentage, and ranked fifth in shutouts, while leading his team to the 2013 SM-liiga championship. The Rauma, Finland, native was named to the league’s All-Star team, and was honored as the best goaltender, as well as the Most Valuable Player of the regular season and playoffs.

The 6-0, 182-pound goaltender was a member posted a 4-3 record with a 2.09 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage for his native Finland in the 2013 IIHF World Championship. He was named as one of the country’s top three players by the tournament coaches.

Raanta has registered a 48-27-16 record over five seasons with Lukko Rauma and Assat Pori of SM-liiga from 2007 to 2012.

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