Veteran goaltender Pekka Rinne retires from Predators


Longtime Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne announced his retirement after 15 NHL seasons Tuesday.

The 38-year-old Rinne leaves the game as the winningest goalie in league history from Finland, after compiling a 369-213-75 record with the Predators since debuting in 2005.

Countryman Tuukka Rask, who debuted for the Bruins in 2007, is fourth among Finnish-born goaltenders in league history with 306 career victories. Former Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff is second with 319 and Kari Lehtonen, who played for the Thrashers and Stars, is next up before Rask at 310.

But, Rask, 34, owns the best career save percentage (.922) and goals against average (2.27) among goalies from the Nordic nation.

Rask and Rinne have much in common beyond their shared homelands. Both players have won one Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender -- Rask in 2014 and Rinne in 2018 -- and each goalie has been named to two All-Star teams.

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Most notably, both players backstopped their respective teams to the Stanley Cup Final, but never won it as the starter. Rask, of course, was the backup for Tim Thomas when the Bruins won it all in 2011. Rask fell in the finals in 2013 and 2019 and Rinne came up just short in 2017.

Rinne played well against the Bruins in his career, going 7-4-1 with a .921 save percentage, 2.53 goals against average and two shutouts.