Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne announces retirement from NHL after 15 seasons


Pekka Rinne is hanging up the skates. 

The longtime Nashville Predators goaltender introduced his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday after 15 seasons.

“For greater than 15 years, I have been on an unbelievable, life-changing journey with the Nashville Predators that has taken me to extra locations than I may have ever imagined and given me greater than I may ever hope to present again,” Rinne mentioned in a press launch. “This choice wasn’t straightforward, however I do know that is the best one on the proper time. As I announce my retirement, I am grateful for my mother and father, sisters, fiancé Erika, everybody within the Predators group – administration, coaches and trainers – my teammates and my youth coaches again in Finland. Final however not least, I am grateful for the folks of Nashville. Every of you helped me develop into the person, father and individual I’m at the moment.”

Rinne added in a chunk for The Gamers’ Tribune that his physique nonetheless feels prefer it may compete “on the highest stage,” however his choice to retire was about “much more than that.”

“Each time I checked out my son, at Erika — I simply felt like a distinct individual, virtually, if that is sensible. My priorities had modified, and my thoughts knew that, even when my physique did not,” Rinne wrote. “And after I actually considered what it might imply to not come again to the rink on the finish of the summer season, it simply felt like the best selection, and the best time.”

Rinne spent his whole profession with the Predators and is the franchise’s chief in almost each goaltending class, together with video games performed (683), wins (369), goals-against common (2.43), complete time on ice (39,413:29), shutouts (60) and saves (17,627).

The 38-year-old received the Vezina Trophy because the league’s prime goaltender in 2018 and was additionally a finalist for the award in 2011, 2012 and 2015. He earned 4 All-Star Recreation picks in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. 

Rinne’s 2.43 GAA is tied for the fourth-best mark amongst goaltenders with no less than 350 wins in NHL historical past. He trails solely Martin Brodeur, Dominik Hasek and Jacques Plante.

Whereas the native of Finland had lengthy been one of many NHL’s greatest goaltenders, his play declined in latest seasons. Throughout the 2020-21 marketing campaign, he went 10-12-1 with a 2.84 GAA and .907 SV%. Juuse Saros began extra video games final season and proved to be the higher goaltender. 

In his Gamers’ Tribune piece, Rinne praised Saros, saying he is the best man to guard the crease in Nashville for years to return. 

“I’ll miss being between the pipes for you guys at Bridgestone Enviornment, however after I watch some video games subsequent yr and I see Juuse in internet, I will know it is being protected by the best man,” he mentioned. 

Rinne will go down as among the finest netminders in NHL historical past, and his influence on the sport, particularly in Nashville, is not going to be forgotten. 


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