Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Flames Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff Announces His Retirement

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Calgary Flames Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff Announces His Retirement

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Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff retires

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CALGARY - After a summer of reflection, Miikka Kiprusoff decided to stick with his original plan.

The Calgary Flames goaltender announced his retirement from the NHL on Monday, a move that was expected by both the team and many of its fans.

The 36-year-old spent the last nine seasons with the Flames, including the club's memorable run to the 2004 Stanley Cup final.

Kiprusoff said he made the decision at the end of last season, but took the summer to be "100 per cent sure."

"It's an important decision for me personally, my family, the Flames organization and fans," Kiprusoff said in a release. "I've been very lucky to have spent 10 years of my career in Calgary. There is no better place to live and play."

A native of Turku, Finland, Kiprusoff holds team records for wins (305), games played (576) and shutouts (41).

With the Flames well out of the playoff picture, the team discussed dealing the veteran netminder at last season's trade deadline. Although he didn't have a no-trade clause, Kiprosoff indicated that he would not report to another team if dealt.

The Toronto Maple Leafs pushed hardest to acquire his services but were unable to convince Kiprusoff to leave southern Alberta.

Calgary general manager Jay Feaster said Kiprusoff was adamant that he wanted to end his career with the Flames.

"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," Feaster said. "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."

Kiprusoff spent parts of three seasons with the San Jose Sharks before being dealt to Calgary for a second-round draft pick in November 2003. …

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