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Nashville Predators Pekka Rinne Retires

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Pekka Rinne has announced his retirement after 15 seasons with the Nashville Predators. Rinne put up 60 career shutouts in his time over a 15 season span in the NHL. Drafted in 2004, Rinne was an eighth-round draft pick by the Nashville Predators. He will likely have his number retired by the Predators as the first goalie in franchise history. This put his country of Finland on the map for growing very high-end goalies to this day. Rinne had ice in his veins with the attention to detail and being able to balance the aggression he had to cut down angles on shooters and make it harder for opposing teams to beat him.

Post NHL Career

Per eliteprospects.com Pekka Rinne became a franchise owner of Kiekko-Laser in Finlands Mestis League since 2011-2012 so that responsibility and his family are very much going to be his main focus as a father.

People in Finland will benefit from seeing the Vezina winner getting to see him possibly run goalie camps and maybe get more involved with the Finnish development and national teams. Pekka Rinne won the King Clancy humanitarian award recently from the NHL and a man of his character and good principles will only do more good deeds in his retirement.

Cornerstone of a Young Franchise

A team in Nashville, Tennessee that came into the NHL found their cornerstone in net for 15 years and has proven to not only be a very stellar and acrobatic goalie in net. He made life better as a veteran to fellow Finnish net-minder Juuse Saros who has put up really good numbers and seems to have benefited in an immense way. Sure it won’t be the same in the Predators organization without the guidance of Pekka Rinne around, but he remains a phone call away and can provide good insight and leadership.

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