Brian’s Pad of the Week: Bridgeport/Fort Wayne Rookie Kenny Reiter
Reiter, who earned a two-way contract with the American Hockey League Bridgeport Sound Tigers after attending a prospect camp in June, has been dominating with their ECHL affiliate in Fort Wayne, leading the league with a .953 save percentage and 1.37 goals-against average.
After winning a NCAA championship with the University of Minnesota Duluth as a junior in 2011, Reiter played one game with Bridgeport after his senior season last year. He’s been in Brian’s throughout, but switched to G-NETik this season.
“I’m in the full G-NETik,” said Reiter, who wore a Pro Stock/Zero-G hybrid in college, and is currently using a pad with a 3-3-2 pattern, meaning the softest breaks everywhere except above the knee. “I like more of a hybrid style pad.”
In Reiter’s case that includes some custom options on his 34 + 2.5-inch G-NETik pads.
In addition to the slightly stiffer break above the knee – there is an internal break, just not one on the outer roll – the pads have an angled knee lock option, a boot that was shortened to seven inches, a straighter boot scoop angle, and orange colour on the outer and inner gusset, backing, blocks, straps and wraps.
Like most of the InGoal testers in the recent magazine review, Reiter is particularly fond of the new glove.
“I really like it,” he said. “I don’t consider myself to have the greatest hands, but more pucks stay in there.”
You can read a full review of the G-NETik line in InGoal Magazine. And be sure to look for more from Reiter on his transition to pro hockey – and a great new mask – here at InGoalMag.com over the coming weeks.
In the meantime, enjoy a closer look at his G-NETiks, which are the Brian’s Pads of the Week: