The Calgary Flames announced today the retirement of goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff from the National Hockey League. “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” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “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. Had we been prepared to accept Miikka’s position back in April we could have announced his retirement at the end of the season. We purposely chose to wait and give him more time to ensure this was the course he wanted to take. In returning to Calgary this month he advised us that his decision remained the same and that he was retiring as a player.” “Miikka Kiprusoff has been the backbone of the Calgary Flames since his arrival here in 2003 and every night for more than 70-nights per season his magnificence between the pipes gave the team a chance to win. He inspired hope and confidence and he made those around him better players as a result of his brilliance. Miikka will take his place in the pantheon of great NHL goaltenders and his place in Flames’ history is secure. He will be missed by players teammates and fans and we wish him all the best in his retirement.” Kiprusoff played nine seasons for Calgary and concludes a spectacular career as the Flames all-time leader in wins (305); games played (576) and shutouts (41). “I decided to retire at the end of last season” said Kiprusoff. “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.” “I’ve been very lucky to have spent 10 years of my career in Calgary. 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 have so many people to thank for their tremendous support including the Flames ownership group who always provide the team with every resource to be successful as well as creating a family environment for the players off the ice. To the staff who work so hard to make every game night special for the fans and most importantly Flames fans who through good times and bad our fans never left our side. And finally my teammates for making it fun and rewarding to come the rink everyday.” Kiprusoff was acquired by the Flames on November 16 2003 from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a second round draft pick. He finished the 2003-04 regular season with the Flames posting a modern day NHL record GAA of 1.69. His stellar play continued into the playoffs as he won 15 games five of them by shutout leading the Flames to within one victory of a Stanley Cup championship and was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy.