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.
Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff announces retirement
Calgary Sun | Sep 9