With the same lack of fanfare as his arrival to the Stampede City Calgary Flames star goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff announced his retirement Monday morning. Via statement the franchise's all-time leader in wins (305) games played (576) and shutouts (41) over nine oustanding seasons said he was calling it a career. “I’ve been very lucky to have spent 10 years of my career in Calgary” Kiprusoff said in a statement. “There is no better place to live and play. I look forward to taking the next year with my family to enjoy everything wonderful about southern Alberta.” “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% sure. It’s an important decision for me personally my family the Flames organization and fans. 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.” Acquired by the Flames on Nov. 16 2003 from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a second round draft pick Kiprusoff who was third on the depth chart of the Sharks immediately became a star in Calgary. He finished the 2003-04 regular season with the Flames posting a modern day NHL record goals-against average of 1.69 and followed that performance by backstopping the team to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. “Miikka has been up-front with us since the trade deadline that he wanted to finish his outstanding playing career as a Flames player and that the 2013 season was going to be his last” Flames GM Jay Feaster said in a statement. “We as an organization made it clear to Kipper that we did not want him to make a rash or hasty decision. We wanted to give him time to get refreshed during the summer and spend some additional time to make his decision.