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Miikka Kiprusoff Retires from NHL

Derek Leung/Getty Images(CALGARY, Alberta) -- Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff announced his retirement from the NHL Monday.

Kiprusoff, the 2005-06 Vezina Trophy winner, played 12 NHL seasons, his last nine with the Calgary Flames.

Kiprusoff helped lead the Flames to the 2003-04 Stanley Cup Final and posted a modern day NHL record goals against average of 1.69 during that regular season.

“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,” Flames general manager Jay Feaster said. “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."

The 36-year-old Kiprusoff finishes his career as the Flames all-time leader in wins (305), games played (576) and shutouts (41).

“I’ve been very lucky to have spent 10 years of my career in Calgary," Kiprusoff said. "There is no better place to live and play. I look forward to taking the next year with my family to enjoy everything wonderful about southern Alberta.”

Kiprusoff finishes his NHL career with a 319-213-71 record, .912 save percentage, 2.49 GAA and 44 shutouts.

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