More than anything, it was routine. Minnesota Wild forwards Stephane Veilleux and Warren Peters hooked up for a mild shot Thursday. The sequence, duly snuffed out by Miikka Kiprusoff, was barely noteworthy, even if the resulting save did stand as the Calgary Flames star's 13,000th since the lockout. The roundness of that number is nice — but, of course, fleeting. Because this man's odometer is forever spinning. Zeros are purely incidental to the trip. Across the board, Kiprusoff has compiled the most of everything, including saves, since the start of the National Hockey League's2005-06 season. Played the most games (509), the most minutes (29,832). Faced the most shots (14,258). Won the most times (271). And now Kiprusoff continues to play as well has he ever has — which is an incredibly high bar. With that in mind, the Calgary chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association nominated the Finnish netminder for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. "The Masterton — it's something about perseverance?" starts Flames goalie coach Clint Malarchuk. In fact, the annual award goes to the player "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication."
Kipper nominated for Bill Masterton Trophy
Calgary Herald | Mar 24