Miikka Kiprusoff Announces Retirement

Miikka_Kiprusoff_with_helmet_upCalgary Flames’ goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff officially announced his retirement, after months of speculation from fans and insiders that the veteran player would be leaving the NHL.

Ten year career

The 36-year-old athlete finishes with a franchise best 41 career shutouts. He also retires as Calgary’s all-time leader in wins and games played.

Kiprusoff said he decided to step away several months ago. He made the decision at the end of last season, but thought about it over the summer before making an official announcement.

“It’s an important decision for me personally, my family, the Flames organization and fans,” Kiprusoff said in a statement. “I’ve been very lucky to have spent 10 years of my career in Calgary. There is no better place to live and play.”

Backbone of the team

He took the time to thank the Flames ownership group, their staff who made every game special, and the Fans who stuck with the team through good times and bad.

Kiprusoff was acquired by the Flames from the San Jose Sharks in 2003 and led Calgary to within one win of a Stanley Cup championship in 2004.

The deal helped shape the Flames franchise for the next decade.