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Pekka Rinne (pronounced [ˈrinːe]; born 3 November 1982) is a Finnish professional hockey goaltender for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Drafted by the Predators in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Rinne became their starting goaltender during the 2008–09 season and quickly established himself as one of the NHL's best goaltenders. He was a Vezina Trophy finalist as the NHL's top regular season goaltender in 2011, 2012 and 2015 before winning the award in 2018.

Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne (40478309412) (croppe1d).jpg
Born (1982-11-03) 3 November 1982 (age 37)
Kempele, Finland
Height 196 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Weight 98 kg (216 lb; 15 st 6 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Oulun Kärpät
Dinamo Minsk
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 258th overall, 2004
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2001–present

Rinne is currently Nashville's franchise leader in wins and shutouts, and is a four-time NHL All-Star. He also holds the record for the most NHL wins by a Finland-born goaltender.

Playing careerEdit

Oulun KärpätEdit

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

Nashville PredatorsEdit

 
Rinne with the Nashville Predators in December 2005. He played his first two NHL games during the 2005–06 season.

Rinne was drafted 258th overall in the eighth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. He was signed by the Predators on 23 August 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"[1] 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 goals against average (GAA) of 3.80.

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

 
Rinne with the Predators during the 2007–08 season. He served as the team's back-up goaltender in the latter half of that season.

On 1 December 2008, Rinne became only the second Predators rookie goaltender ever to record a shutout. In February 2009, Rinne recorded 9 wins in 12 games and had a .944 save percentage and a 1.72 GAA. He was selected as the NHL Rookie of the Month for his performances.[2] On 14 March, Rinne set a Predators franchise record with his seventh shutout of the season.[3] Rinne was one of two goaltenders to play for Finland in the 2009 IIHF World Championship of hockey, the other being Karri Rämö. Rinne started the tournament with a shutout in his first game for the Finns, saving 30 shots.

In the 2010–11 season opener, Rinne allowed a goal before colliding with Anaheim Ducks forward Troy Bodie and suffering a lower-body injury on the play. Anders Lindbäck relieved him and went on to start three games before Rinne returned, only to go down to injury again in December. Upon returning on 23 December, Rinne remained healthy and put up some of the best numbers of his career, including a 1.71 GAA and .946 save percentage in 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 NHL's top goaltender as judged by the NHL's general managers. He also finished fourth in Hart Memorial Trophy voting, as the NHL's most valuable player, and was named an NHL Second Team All-Star. Rinne led the Predators to their first ever Stanley Cup playoff series win in franchise history in 2011, prevailing over the Anaheim Ducks via a 4–2 series win. In 2010–11, Rinne was second in Vezina Trophy voting and fourth in Hart Memorial Trophy voting.[4]

After shutting-out the Ducks on 29 October 2011, Rinne set the mark for the Predators franchise record for shutouts, with 22. On Rinne's 29th birthday, 3 November 2011, he signed a seven-year $49 million contract, the largest contract in Nashville Predators team history (since surpassed by teammate Shea Weber and his 13-year, $114 million contract). That night, Rinne posted a 35-save shutout on the road against the Phoenix Coyotes.[5] During the 2011–12 season, Rinne set a franchise record with 11 consecutive wins, passing Tomáš Vokoun's previous mark of eight. Rinne had another excellent year in 2011–12, leading the NHL in wins, shots against, saves and games played. On 25 April 2012, Rinne was again named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy for the second consecutive year. He also helped the Predators get past the Detroit Red Wings in the 2012 playoffs to win the series 4–1. However, Rinne and the Predators were unable to advance any further, falling to Phoenix in five games in the next round.

On 25 September 2012, Rinne joined Belarusian club Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) due to the impending 2012–13 NHL lockout. However, he left Dinamo in December and returned to the Predators at the end of the lockout in January 2013 to begin the shortened, 48-game 2012–13 season.

In May 2013, Rinne had a hip arthroscopy. The hip then became infected on 24 October 2013, leaving Rinne off the ice and undergoing rigorous rehabilitation for the remainder of 2013.[6] He returned to action 5 March 2014, against the Pittsburgh Penguins, allowing three goals in a 3–1 loss.

Rinne was a nominee for the 2015 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which eventually went to veteran player Jaromír Jágr. Rinne was also a Vezina Trophy finalist in 2015, marking his third career nomination for the award; he lost to the Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price.[7]

On 14 March 2015, Rinne became the fastest goaltender, in terms of games played, to record 30 wins in 39 games since the NHL adopted the shootout, and just the third goaltender in the NHL's expansion era to record 30 wins in 39 games or less.[8]

On 16 March 2017, Rinne became the 67th goaltender to play at least 500 NHL games.[9]

On 24 November 2017, the Predators defeated the St. Louis Blues 2–0; the shutout was the 45th of Rinne's career, making him the NHL's all-time leader amongst Finnish-born goaltenders.[10] On 22 February 2018, Rinne became the 34th goaltender to record 300 career NHL wins following a 7–1 victory over the San Jose Sharks.[11] When he recorded his 300th win, he had the third-highest win percentage of all goaltenders with at least 300 wins, at 54.34%, behind only Martin Brodeur and Marc-André Fleury. On 17 April, Rinne was again named a Vezina Trophy finalist,[12] which he won on 20 June.[13]

On 3 November 2018, Rinne signed a two-year, $10 million contract extension with Nashville.[14] That night, as was the case in 2011, Rinne posted a 26-save shutout over the visiting Boston Bruins in Nashville.[15]

International playEdit

 
Rinne with the Finnish national hockey team during the 2015 IIHF World Championship
Medal record
Representing   Finland
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2014 Belarus

In May 2014, Rinne was named to the All-Star Team and selected as the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 IIHF World Championship as Finland claimed the silver medal.[16] Rinne also participated in the 2015 IIHF World Championship the following year and was named the tournament's best goaltender, setting a new International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) record for minutes played without allowing a goal.

In March 2016, Rinne was named to Finland's 2016 World Cup of Hockey roster.[17] He played in one out of three tournament games and in two out of three pre-tournament games.[18]

Playing styleEdit

Rinne utilizes the popular butterfly style of goaltending, dropping to his knees early and using his leg pads to block low shot attempts. At 6' 5" (1.96m), Rinne is currently the fifth-tallest goaltender in the NHL,[19] which gives him tremendous reach with his stick and leg pads. For a tall goaltender, he utilizes great footwork, has a great glove hand, but plays with a smaller stick than most goaltenders.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

Rinne was engaged to The Voice of Finland contestant Kirsi Lehtosaari in April 2013.[21] Lehtosaari reported in engagement announcements that living in a music city like Nashville helped her aspiration to become a pop star. She planned to continue her music interests in Nashville until the end of Rinne's NHL career.[22] Rinne, likewise, planned to return to Finland after his retirement.[23] However, their engagement was called-off around July 2015.[24]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L 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 2 1 0 22 0 0 0.00 1.000
2003–04 Hokki Mestis 8 2.07 .942
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 14 10 4 734 35 3 2.86 .905
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 4 0 4 247 12 0 2.91 .895
2007–08 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 65 36 24 3 3840 158 5 2.47 .908 6 2 4 358 15 1 2.51 .923
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 6 2 4 358 16 0 2.68 .911
2010–11 Nashville Predators NHL 64 33 22 9 3789 134 6 2.12 .930 12 6 6 748 32 0 2.57 .907
2011–12 Nashville Predators NHL 73 43 18 8 4169 166 5 2.39 .923 10 5 5 609 21 1 2.07 .929
2012–13 HC Dinamo Minsk KHL 22 9 11 2 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
2013–14 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 2 2 0 0 121 2 0 0.99 .943
2014–15 Nashville Predators NHL 64 41 17 6 3851 140 4 2.18 .923 6 2 4 425 19 0 2.68 .909
2015–16 Nashville Predators NHL 66 34 21 9 3871 161 4 2.48 .908 14 7 7 866 37 0 2.63 .906
2016–17 Nashville Predators NHL 61 31 19 9 3568 144 3 2.42 .918 22 14 8 1289 42 2 1.96 .930
2017–18 Nashville Predators NHL 59 42 13 4 3475 134 8 2.31 .927 13 7 6 685 35 2 3.07 .904
2018–19 Nashville Predators NHL 56 30 19 4 3220 130 4 2.42 .918 6 2 4 330 17 0 3.09 .905
NHL totals 623 341 187 70 36,116 1,431 55 2.38 .918 89 45 44 5,310 220 5 2.50 .913

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2009 Finland WC 5th 6 4 2 0 373 12 1 1.93 .926
2010 Finland WC 6th 4 2 2 0 249 7 1 1.68 .929
2014 Finland WC   9 5 3 0 543 17 3 1.88 .928
2015 Finland WC 6th 7 3 2 0 427 12 3 1.69 .927
2016 Finland WCH 8th 1 0 1 0 60 4 0 4.00 .907
Senior totals 27 14 10 0 1652 52 8 1.88 .926

AwardsEdit

NHLEdit

Award Year(s) awarded
First All-Star Team 2018
Second All-Star Team 2011
Vezina Trophy 2018
Vezina Trophy finalist 2011, 2012, 2015, 2018
NHL All-Star 2015 (injured), 2016, 2018, 2019
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl (Nashville Predators) 2017
Rookie of the Month, February 2009
The Hockey News, Patrick Roy Award (Best Goalie) 2013

InternationalEdit

Award Year(s) awarded
Oddset Hockey Games Winner   2014
World Championship All-Star Team 2014
World Championship Most Valuable Player 2014
World Championship Best Goaltender 2015
Finnish Player of the Year 2017

SM-LiigaEdit

Award Year(s) awarded
  Kanada-malja (Finnish ice hockey championship) 2004, 2005
  Runners-up 2003

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Predators' Rinne named NHL Rookie of the Month". NHL.com. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Rinne sets shutout record as Predators win in Phoenix". The City Paper. Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  4. ^ "Pekka Rinne Bio". NHL.com.
  5. ^ "Nashville Predators at Phoenix Coyotes Box Score — November 3, 2011 | Hockey-Reference.com". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  6. ^ Cooper, Josh (10 January 2014). "Predators' Pekka Rinne can begin weight-bearing exercises". USA Today. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Pekka Rinne Named a Vezina Trophy Finalist". Nashville Predators. 24 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Pekka Rinne Named a Vezina Trophy Finalist". Nashville Predators. 24 April 2015.
  9. ^ Vingan, Adam (16 March 2017). "Predators beat NHL-leading Capitals for second OT win in a row". The Tennessean. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  10. ^ @PR_NHL (24 November 2017). "Pekka Rinne of the @PredsNHL recorded his 45th career shutout to pass Miikka Kiprusoff (44) for the most in NHL history by a Finnish-born goaltender. #NHLStats #NSHvsSTL" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Bratten, Brooks (22 February 2018). "Rinne Records 300th Win as Preds Score Seven to Sink Sharks". NHL.com. Nashville Predators. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
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  18. ^ "Pekka Rinne player profile". World Cup of Hockey. 2 October 2016. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
  19. ^ Ben Bishop at 6' 7" (2.01m) of the Dallas Stars is currently the tallest NHL goaltender, Scott Darling at 6' 6" (1.98m) of the Carolina Hurricanes, Devan Dubnyk at 6' 6" (1.98m) of the Minnesota Wild, and Jared Coreau at 6' 6" (1.98m) of the Detroit Red Wings are also taller; Darcy Kuemper of the Arizona Coyotes also stands at 6' 5" (1.96m).
  20. ^ Samboke (7 August 2017), Top 10 Goalies Right Now, retrieved 13 August 2017
  21. ^ "Pekka Rinne engaged to Kirsi Lehtosaari". kaleva.fi (in Finnish). 28 April 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  22. ^ "Lehtosaari home in Nashville". iltasanomate.fi (in Finnish). 29 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  23. ^ "Even before the tour departs". forum24.fi (in Finnish). 9 April 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.<
  24. ^ "NHL Star Pekka Rinne on the single market". seiska.fi. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sergei Bobrovsky
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
2018
Succeeded by
Andrei Vasilevskiy