Mar 29, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff (34) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

An Era Ends: Flames’ Kiprusoff Retires at 36


After 12 seasons, nine with the Calgary Flames, Miikka Kiprusoff has decided to hang up his skates.

According to TSN, the 36-year-old veteran, along with the Flames organization made the announcement Monday. After a summer off, Kipper says he was sure it was time to retire.

Kiprusoff holds Flames records for wins (305), games played (576) and shutouts (41). Ask any NHL squad, not just the Flames and I’m sure they’d deal away the second-round pick to San Jose that brought Kiprusoff to Calgary, any day.

What’s even more nuts, is that he finished the 2003 regular season, the year he was traded, with a 1.69 goals against average, was a finalist for the Vezina and then led the Flames to within one win of the Stanley Cup.

What is “Kiprusoff Kid” going to do? Something tells me learning Joey MacDonald’s warm up routine isn’t on his to-do list. It’s a hard time for Flames fans for sure. To lose two of the greatest players to ever don the engulfed “C” in the last two years; heart breaking.

General Manager Jay Feaster and company, Burke included, will have their hands full with replacing the hole left by Kiprusoff’s departure. For now, it’s about remembering what a great career Kipper had and what he did for Calgary.

Apr 19, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff (34) makes a save against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 19, 2013; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff (34) makes a save against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

In 623 career games he holds a record of 319-213-71 with a 2.49 GAA and a .912 save percentage. A Vezina and the William M. Jennings Trophy for giving up the fewest goals in the league in 2006, and you’ve got yourself quite a legendary career. Obviously no Stanley Cup ring hurts, but is it enough to keep him out of the Hall of Fame?

You decide. Tweet me @ArbuckleTV or @tmmots, or comment with your thoughts, or favorite memories of Kipper.

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