Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has retired from the NHL.
The Calgary Flames issued a release on Monday announcing that the veteran Finnish goaltender decided that this past season would be his last.
"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,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “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. Had we been prepared to accept Miikka's position back in April we could have announced his retirement at the end of the season. We purposely chose to wait and give him more time to ensure this was the course he wanted to take. In returning to Calgary this month he advised us that his decision remained the same, and that he was retiring as a player."
The 36-year-old retires after nine seasons with the Flames, where he was Calgary's all-time leader in wins (305,) games played (576,) and shutouts (41.)