Antti Raanta gives nod to Coyotes’ past with new Kachina goalie pads

Aug 31, 2019, 6:42 AM

Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta's new pads, as seen on the Instagram page for Brian's Custom Sports (@goaliesonly). Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta's new pads, as seen on the Instagram page for Brian's Custom Sports (@goaliesonly). Goalkeeper Sean Burke #1 of the Phoenix Coyotes blocks the puck against the San Jose Sharks at the Compaq Center in San Jose, California on April 5, 2001. (Credit: Tom Hauck/ALLSPORT via Getty Images)


Arizona Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta has already honored the team’s classic Kachina throwback style, but he’s now doing it while reviving a look previously worn by a Coyotes netminder.

Every Saturday home game during the season, the Coyotes have Kachina Saturdays, during which the team wears its throwback color scheme and Kachina logo on its uniforms. Raanta had a special set of goaltending equipment for these occasions in the past, deviating from his standard red and white pad set, but this year will be a little bit different.

Raanta’s Kachina pads will be a more accurate depiction of the Kachina pads worn by former Coyotes goaltender Sean Burke. Burke, pictured wearing almost identical pads in the gallery above, played for the Coyotes from 1999 to 2004, appearing in 211 games for them in that span and registering a .919 save percentage.

Burke’s save percentage for the then-Phoenix Coyotes is the third-highest in team history among goalies who played at least 50 games for the franchise. He’s behind, fittingly, active Coyotes goalies Raanta and Darcy Kuemper.

Raanta’s new pads were seen in an Instagram post from Brian’s Custom Sports, a company that makes goaltending equipment for many in the NHL.

“For retro nights, Antti wanted to bring back Sean Burke’s old style from the actual Kachina days,” the post’s caption said.

The first Coyotes Saturday home game this year is their home opener, which is against the Boston Bruins on Oct. 5.

Arizona Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller, center, celebrates after his goal against the Vegas Gold...

Associated Press

NHL committed to keeping Coyotes in Arizona, Bettman says

Commissioner Gary Bettman says the NHL is still committed to Arizona after Tempe voters rejected a referendum for a Coyotes arena.

2 days ago

Lawson Crouse of Canada, Milan Lucic of Canada and Peyton Krebs of Canada Team Canada celebrates af...

Associated Press

Lawson Crouse scores, Andre Tourigny-coached Canada defeats Germany to win hockey worlds

Arizona Coyotes' Lawson Crouse scored for Canada in a 5-2 victory over Germany in the final of the ice hockey world championship on Sunday.

8 days ago

Mesa Mayor John Giles, Tempe mayor Corey Woods...

Arizona Sports

Mesa mayor ‘encouraging’ Coyotes to look at private sites for new arena

Could the Arizona Coyotes find a new arena home in Mesa and find a way to avoid a public vote like the squashed Tempe plans required?

14 days ago

Logan Cooley #92 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers warms up before a game against the Quinnipiac Bobc...

Wills Rice

Coyotes prospect Logan Cooley to stay 1 more year in college

Arizona Coyotes highly regarded center prospect Logan Cooley announced he is staying in college for one more year.

16 days ago

Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes...

Arizona Sports

Arizona Coyotes reportedly inquire about Mesa’s Fiesta Mall site in arena land search

Mesa's old Fiesta Mall footprint is among the land the Arizona Coyotes have inquired about, CBS5's and 3TV's Dennis Welch reported Thursday.

18 days ago

Mullett Arena, Arizona Coyotes, tempe...

Arizona Sports

Coyotes to play at Mullett Arena in 2023-24, seeking new Valley site

The Arizona Coyotes expect to play at Mullett Arena as planned in the 2023-24 season amid uncertainty about their future, the team confirmed.

19 days ago

Antti Raanta gives nod to Coyotes’ past with new Kachina goalie pads