The end of a very long journey for Pekka Rinne

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne announced his retirement on Tuesday, ending a 15-year career in the National Hockey League (NHL).

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The 38-year-old Finn has totaled 683 games on the Bettman Tour and dominates the Tennessee franchise with 369 wins and 60 shutouts, among others. A distant eighth-round pick, 258th overall, in the 2004 draft, he wore the uniform of only one team in the NHL. Four times invited to the All-Star Classic, he is one of 12 goalkeepers in history who has obtained at least 350 wins and 60 shutouts; eight of them are in the Hall of Fame.

“For over 15 years, this has been an incredible journey that has changed my life and sent me to more places than I ever imagined. And I got more than I can give back, he said in a statement from the Predators. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I know it’s the right one and now is the right time. […] Each of you have helped me grow as a man and a father to help me become the person I am today. ”

Leader

Certainly, Rinne’s talent and leadership will be missed in Nashville. Moreover, in June he received the King-Clancy trophy, awarded to the one who best demonstrated his leadership qualities and made an important contribution to his living environment.

Pekka Rinne with the Vezina Trophy, in 2018, awarded to the best goalie in the NHL during the regular season.

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Pekka Rinne with the Vezina Trophy, in 2018, awarded to the best goalie in the NHL during the regular season.

“For years, Pekka has been the face of our dealership on and off the ice,” added General Manager David Poile. The role he has taken on in making this organization something much more meaningful than just a hockey team cannot be understated. What he means to our club and the community makes him one of the most special players you can meet. […] Pekka gave us a chance to win in every game and led the club to the time of its existence when it was most competitive. ”

The 2017-18 Vézina Trophy recipient played 24 games last season, posting a 10-12-1 record, a 2.84 goals-against average and a .907 save rate. Teammate Juuse Saros did most of the work in goal for Nashville, playing all six of theirs in the playoffs.

The “Preds” will hold a midday press conference.

Kind words for Shea Weber

The end of a very long journey for Pekka Rinne

Having regularly rubbed shoulders with Shea Weber in the National Hockey League (NHL) starting in the 2008-2009 season, new retiree Pekka Rinne will never forget the role the current Canadiens captain played in his career.

The two men shared the same locker room until Weber left for Montreal on June 29, 2016, a day during which the general manager of the “Preds”, David Poile, compromised to get his hands on PK Subban. In a letter posted on the Players’ Tribune site on Tuesday, Rinne underlined the qualities of mentor of his former teammate who proved to be important for the rest of his career in the NHL, but also with the Milwaukee Admirals, the club. -school in Nashville, in 2005-2006. That year, they reached the American League final.

“About Shea, what can I say? They are as good as when they arrived. We started our professional careers together in Milwaukee. […] When he got to Nashville he took his game to another level and when he got success at the Olympics he brought his baggage here. He always took part in the All-Star game and gave us a lot of confidence in the dressing room, ”said the Finn.

“When things weren’t going well, it was always: well, tomorrow night we’ll have Shea Weber with us and they won’t. So we’ll see how it goes. He was there when we played our best hockey and he’s a huge reason for it all. ”

Also striking on the outside

Rinne also emphasized Weber’s helping others, a contribution he will remember as much as his performance on the ice.

“Shea’s impact on the community will live on forever. We partnered in 2014 to help establish the 365 Cancer Pediatric Fund to raise money for the annual Predators fundraiser at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. The impact that the Predators’ organization has allowed us to have in the community is as important to us as seeing the banners on the roof of the arena. ”

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