TASS, July 13. Finnish goalkeeper of the National Hockey League (NHL) club Nashville and winner of the Vezina Trophy for the best goalkeeper of the season in the NHL, Pekka Rinne has announced his retirement in the league. This was reported by the press service of the NHL.
“For over 15 years I have been on an incredible, life-changing journey with Nashville that has given me more than I could have bargained for,” Rinne said. “It was not an easy decision, but I know it was made at the right time. grateful to my family, everyone at Nashville – management, coaches and my teammates. Last but not least, I am grateful to the people in Nashville, each of you helped me become the person I am today. “
Rinne, 38, made his debut with Nashville in 2005 against Chicago. The goalkeeper played 683 games in the NHL, 60 of which were “zero” and saved 91.7% of the shots. In 2018, Rinne won the Vezina Trophy, and in 2011, 2012 and 2015 he became a finalist in the voting.
Rinne is one of 12 goalkeepers in league history with at least 350 wins and 60 shutouts. On January 9, 2020, he became the 12th NHL goalkeeper to score when he scored against Chicago. In 2014, Rinne was named the most valuable player in the World Championship, at that tournament he won a silver medal with the Finnish national team.
In 2020, Nashville selected Russian goalkeeper Yaroslav Askarov as 11th in the first round of the NHL draft.