Pekka Rinne announced his retirement from the NHL on Tuesday, ending a 13-season playing career, all with the Nashville Predators.
The Vezina Trophy-winning goalie retires as Nashville’s regular-season leader in games (683), starts (667), wins (369), shutouts (60), goals-against average (2.43) and saves (17,627). He is first among Finland-born goalies in regular-season games, starts, wins and shutouts, had a .917 save percentage, is tied with Tom Barrasso for 19th in wins and 19th in shutouts.
“For more than 15 years, I’ve been on an incredible, life-changing journey with the Nashville Predators that has taken me to more places than I could have ever imagined and given me more than I could ever hope to give back,” Rinne said. “This decision wasn’t easy, but I know this is the right one at the right time. As I announce my retirement, I’m thankful for my parents, sisters, fiancée Erika, everyone in the Predators organization, management, coaches and trainers, my teammates, and my youth coaches back in Finland. Last, but not least, I’m thankful for the people of Nashville. Each of you helped me grow into the man, father and person I am today.”
More to come.