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Kiprusoff informs Finnish national team of retirement plans (Updated)

Jun 25, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

Miikka Kiprusoff AP

Thirty-six-year-old goaltender Mikka Kiprusoff still has one more season left on his contract with the Calgary Flames, but he might not play.

Kiprusoff told the Finnish national team that he was ready to retire, according to Urheilusanomat’s Juha Hiitelä and STT-Lehtikuva’s Mikael Hoikkala.

“If Calgary has not announced it, you guys can do that,” Kiprusoff reportedly said.

The Flames haven’t announced his retirement. In fact, if he really has made a decision, that would be news to the team, Sportsnet’s John Shannon reported.

That being said, if Kiprusoff has decided to call it a career, it wouldn’t shock them. Flames GM Jay Feaster recently confirmed that the netminder was leaning towards retirement.

Kiprusoff struggled mightily in 2013 with a 3.44 GAA and .882 save percentage in 24 games.

If this is the end of his career, he’ll be retiring with 319 wins, 2.49 GAA, and .912 save percentage in 623 career games. He was also the winner of the Vezina Trophy in 2006.

Update (12:32 p.m. ET)

Following is a statement from Flames general manager Jay Feaster:

“As we indicated when we addressed the media on June 14th, having just spoken with Miikka at that time, we realized that if pushed for an answer Miikka would have said that he was finished with his professional career. In light of our most recent meeting with him, the statement attributed to him by the Finnish National Team does not come as a surprise. However, as we have said consistently, we will continue our dialogue with Miikka.”

  1. timmeh022 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Thank you Kipper for many great seasons as the Flames netminder.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Kipper was great here for a long time but you could tell during the past season that his heart was no longer into it. Wish him well in his retirement fishing in Finland and look forward to seeing how the next two Finnish goalies (Ramo and Ortio) work out for the Flames.

  3. hockeydon10 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    He certainly had a lot of skill. It must have been deflating for him to see his team perpetually wallow in mediocrity.

  4. 19to77 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Good run, Kipper. Shame you never got to take a lap with Lord Stanley’s.

    • timmeh022 - Jun 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      Should’ve back in ’04.

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