Calgary, AB, Canada (4E Sports) – The Calgary Flames have announced that goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is hanging up his skates after a 10-year stint with the team.
“I’ve been very lucky to have spent 10 years of my career in Calgary. There is no better place to live and play,” the 36-year-old Kiprusoff said in a statement.
Kiprusoff said he decided to retire at the end of last season but general manager Jay Feaster gave him the offseason to decide if he’s 100 percent sure.
“Jay and I had conversations over the summer and nothing had changed for me and upon returning to Calgary last week, I once again spoke with Jay and confirmed with him that I would be retiring,” added Kiprusoff.
In 24 games last season, Kiprusoff went 8-14-2 with 3.44 goals-against average and .882 save percentage
Acquired from the San Jose Sharks in a trade Nov. 16, 2003, Kiprusoff retires as the Flames’ franchise leader in games played (576), wins (305) and shutouts (41).
In his first year with the Flames, Kiprusoff led the team to the Stanley Cup Final. He went 15-11 with five shutouts, a 1.85 GAA and .928 save percentage in 26 playoff games
Kiprusoff’s best season came in 2005-06, when he led the League with a 2.07 goals-against average and 10 shutouts, was second with 42 wins and third with a .923 save percentage. He capped his season by winning the Vezina Trophy as the League’s top goaltender.
“Miikka Kiprusoff has been the backbone of the Calgary Flames since his arrival here in 2003, and every night for more than 70 nights per season his magnificence between the pipes gave the team a chance to win,” Feaster said.
Drafted by the Sharks in the fifth round of the 1997 NHL Draft, Kiprusoff ranks 23rd all-time with 319 wins and 30th with 44 shutouts in 623 NHL games with the Sharks and Flames. He won 40 games three times and at least 30 games seven times.