Pekka Rinne Wikipedia

Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne 2010.jpg
Born(1982-11-03) November 3, 1982 (age 31)

Kempele, Finland
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
NHL team

Former teams
Nashville Predators

Oulun Karpat

HC Dinamo Minsk
National team Finland
NHL Draft258th overall, 2004

Nashville Predators
Playing career2001–present
Pekka Rinne (pronounced ['rin:e]; born November 3, 1982) is a Finnish professional hockey goaltender who plays for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was nominated for the Vezina Trophy in 2011 and 2012.


      Playing career

      Rinne playing for the Predators in 2010
      Rinne was developed in Kärpät playing predominantly for their junior team between 2000–2003 and after that, for their men's team in championship-winning years 2004 and 2005, mostly as a backup of Niklas Bäckström.

      Rinne was drafted 258th overall in the 8th round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was signed by the Predators on August 23, 2005 and began his North American playing career with the Predators' top minor league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL). Initially Rinne was slated to be the backup for Brian Finley, but Rinne became the starter as a consequence of Finley's poor play. In the summer of 2006, Rinne was "roughed up by a couple of unknown assailants"[citation needed] and during the fight he dislocated his shoulder. As a result, he had to have surgery and missed the first four months of the season.

      Rinne appeared in two NHL games with Nashville during the 2005–06 season. He compiled a record of 1–1–0 with a .900 save percentage and a GAA of 3.80.

      Following Dan Ellis's stellar performance in the 2007–08 Nashville Predators campaign, starter Chris Mason was traded to the St. Louis Blues and Rinne was called up to serve as back-up to Ellis for the 2008–09 season.

      On December 1, 2008, Rinne became only the second Predators rookie goaltender ever to record a shutout. In February 2009, Rinne recorded nine wins in twelve games and had a 0.944 save percentage and a 1.72 goals against average. He was selected as the NHL rookie of the month. On March 14, Rinne set a Predators franchise record with his seventh shutout of the season. Rinne was one of two goaltenders to play for Finland in the 2009 IIHF World Championship of hockey, the other one being Karri Rämö. Rinne started the tournament with a shutout in his first game in the Finnish national hockey team, saving 30 shots.

      In the 2010–11 season opener, Rinne allowed a goal before colliding with Ducks forward Troy Bodie and suffering a lower-body injury. Anders Lindback relieved him and went on to start three games before Rinne returned, only to go down again in December. Since returning on December 23, Rinne remained healthy and put up some of the better numbers of his career, including a 1.71 GAA and .946 save percentage in the month of January. At the conclusion of the season came many accolades, Rinne was named one of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, conferred to the best goaltender in the NHL as judged by the league's General Managers. He finished 4th in the Hart Trophy voting and was also named an NHL Second Team All-Star. Rinne led the Predators to their first ever playoff series win in franchise history, in the 2010–11 playoffs.

      After shutting out the Anaheim Ducks on October 29, 2011, Rinne set the mark for the Predators franchise record for shutouts with 22. On November 3, 2011, Rinne signed a 7-year deal worth $49 million, the largest contract in Nashville Predators team history (since surpassed by teammate Shea Weber and his 13 year contract worth $114 million).

      During the 2011–12 season, Rinne set a franchise record with 11 consecutive wins, passing Tomas Vokoun's previous mark of 8. Rinne had another excellent year, leading the NHL in wins, shots against, saves, and games played. On April 25, 2012, Rinne was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy awarded to the NHL's top goaltender, for the second consecutive year. He helped the Predators get past the Detroit Red Wings to win the series 4–1. Rinne and the Predators were unable to advance any further, falling to the Phoenix Coyotes in five games in the next round.

      On September 25, 2012 Rinne joined HC Dinamo Minsk of the KHL due to the impending NHL lockout. Rinne left Dinamo in December, and returned to the Predators at the end of the lockout in January 2013.

      Playing style

      Rinne utilizes the popular Butterfly style of goaltending, dropping to his knees early and using his leg pads to block low shot attempts. With 6'5" (1.96m) Rinne is currently the third largest starting goaltender in the NHL (behind his former backup, Anders Lindback at 6'6" (1.98m), and Ben Bishop at 6'7" (2.01m), both of the Tampa Bay Lightning), which gives him tremendous reach with his stick and leg pads.

      Personal life

      Rinne became engaged to longtime girlfriend Kirsi Lehtosaari in May 2013.

      Career statistics

      Regular season

      2005–06Milwaukee AdmiralsAHL5130182296013922.82.904
      2005–06Nashville PredatorsNHL211063403.80.900
      2006–07Milwaukee AdmiralsAHL29157616706532.34.920
      2007–08Milwaukee AdmiralsAHL6536243384015852.47.908
      2007–08Nashville PredatorsNHL100029000.001.000
      2008–09Nashville PredatorsNHL5229154299911972.38.917
      2009–10Nashville PredatorsNHL5832165324613772.53.911
      2010–11Nashville PredatorsNHL6433229378913462.12.930
      2011–12Nashville PredatorsNHL7343188416916652.39.923
      2012–13HC Dinamo MinskKHL2291113276813.08.897
      2012–13Nashville PredatorsNHL431516824449952.43.910
      NHL totals293153883416739659302.36.920


      2005–06Milwaukee AdmiralsAHL141047343532.86.905
      2006–07Milwaukee AdmiralsAHL4042471202.91
      2007–08Milwaukee AdmiralsAHL6241512.51.923
      2009–10Nashville PredatorsNHL6243581602.68.911
      2010–11Nashville PredatorsNHL12667483202.57.907
      2011–12Nashville PredatorsNHL10556092112.07.929
      NHL totals2813151,7166912.41.916


      NHL awards

      AwardYear(s) awarded
      NHL Second All-Star Team2011
      Vezina Trophy (nominated)2011, 2012
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