Pekka Rinne

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Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne 2010.jpg
Born (1982-11-03) November 3, 1982 (age 31)
Kempele, Finland
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Oulun Karpat
HC Dinamo Minsk
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 258th overall, 2004
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2001–present

Pekka Rinne (pronounced [ˈrinːe]; 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[edit]

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.[1] On March 14, Rinne set a Predators franchise record with his seventh shutout of the season.[2] 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.

In May 2013, Rinne had a hip arthroscopy. The hip then became infected on Oct. 24 2013, leaving Rinne off the ice and undergoing rigorous rehabilitation for the remainder of 2013.[3] As of February 5, 2014, Rinne has begun working out and skating, though no date has been set for his return to the Predators active roster.[4] He returned to action March 5, 2014, against the Pittsburgh Penguins, allowing 3 goals in a 3-1 loss.

Playing style[edit]

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[edit]

Rinne became engaged to longtime girlfriend Kirsi Lehtosaari in May 2013.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2002–03 Kärpät SM-l 1 0 1 0 60 3 0 3.00 .893
2003–04 Kärpät SM-l 14 5 4 4 824 41 0 2.99 .897
2004–05 Kärpät SM-l 10 8 0 1 572 16 0 1.68 .927
2005–06 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 51 30 18 2 2960 139 2 2.82 .904
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 2 1 1 0 63 4 0 3.80 .900
2006–07 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 29 15 7 6 1670 65 3 2.34 .920
2007–08 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 65 36 24 3 3840 158 5 2.47 .908
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 1 0 0 0 29 0 0 0.00 1.000
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 52 29 15 4 2999 119 7 2.38 .917
2009–10 Nashville Predators NHL 58 32 16 5 3246 137 7 2.53 .911
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 64 33 22 9 3789 134 6 2.12 .930
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 73 43 18 8 4169 166 5 2.39 .923
2012–13 HC Dinamo Minsk KHL 22 9 11 1327 68 1 3.08 .897
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 43 15 16 8 2444 99 5 2.43 .910
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 24 10 10 3 1367 63 2 2.77 .902
NHL totals 317 163 98 37 18,106 722 32 2.39 .918

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2003–04 Kärpät SM-l 2 1 0 22 0 0 0.00 1.000
2005–06 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 14 10 4 734 35 3 2.86 .905
2006–07 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 4 0 4 247 12 0 2.91
2007–08 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 6 2 4 15 1 2.51 .923
2009–10 Nashville Predators NHL 6 2 4 358 16 0 2.68 .911
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 12 6 6 748 32 0 2.57 .907
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 10 5 5 609 21 1 2.07 .929
NHL totals 28 13 15 1,716 69 1 2.41 .916

Awards[edit]

NHL awards[edit]

Award Year(s) awarded
NHL Second All-Star Team 2011
Vezina Trophy (Finalist) 2011, 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Predators' Rinne named NHL Rookie of the Month". NHL.com. Retrieved 19 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Rinne sets shutout record as Predators win in Phoenix". The City Paper. Retrieved 19 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Cooper, Josh (01/10/2014). "Predators' Pekka Rinne can begin weight-bearing exercises". USA Today. Retrieved 02/07/2014. 
  4. ^ Glennon, John (02/05/2014). "Carter Hutton's play for Nashville Predators rises after trade for goalie". The Tennessean. Retrieved 02/07/2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.kaleva.fi/viihde/pekka-rinne-laulajan-kanssa-kihloihin-kirsi-lehtosaari-levyttanyt-uutta-musiikkia/628617/

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