Miikka Kiprusoff has officially retired from the NHL. In a press release sent out by the Calgary Flames, Kiprusoff mentioned how lucky he has been to spend so many years with the Flames and that he decided to hang up his skates at the end of the 2012-13 season.
Kiprusoff started his career with the San Jose Sharks back in 2000-01, but he was traded to the Flames in November of 2003. Kiprusoff made an immediate impact and became not only the number one in net, but also the face of the franchise.
The 36-year-old retires with one year and $1.5 million left on the six-year, $35 million contract he signed back in 2007.
Kiprusoff's comments about his retirement could be seen on CBC.ca.
I decided to retire at the end of last season. I appreciated Jay Feaster and the Flames organization permitting me to take the summer to be 100 per cent 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.
Calgary GM Jay Feaster had some comments as well:
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. He inspired hope and confidence, and he made those around him better players as a result of his brilliance.
Miikka will take his place in the pantheon of great NHL goaltenders, and his place in Flames’ history is secure. He will be missed by players, teammates and fans, and we wish him all the best in his retirement.
Kiprusoff's retirement closes the door on one era in Calgary and starts another. The shift to a new generation for the Flames started when the team dealt Jay Bouwmeester to St. Louis, but it officially takes hold now that someone other than Kiprusoff will be manning the net.
The veteran goaltender's NHL career ends with a record of 319-213-71. The 71 in his overall record includes ties, OT and shootout losses. Over the course of 623 games, Kipper maintained a 2.49 GAA and a save percentage of .912.
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