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Pekka Rinne

Born:November 3, 1982Draft:2004 Predators, #258 Overall
Hometown:Kempele, FinlandPosition:G
Known For:Vezina TrophyCatches:Left
National Team:FinlandCurrent Team:Retired

Pekka Rinne (born 3 November 1982) is a Finnish ice hockey goalie who played 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. He announced his retirement on July 13, 2021.

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. Rinne is one of only 12 NHL goaltenders to score a goal in either the regular season or the playoffs.

Pekka Rinne Nashville Predators
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

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Achievements

  • SM-liiga Silver Medal — 2002-03
  • U20 SM-liiga Playoffs Best GAA (1.76) — 2002-03
  • U20 SM-liiga Playoffs Best SVS% (.939) — 2002-02
  • SM-liiga Champion — 2003-04
  • SM-liiga Champion — 2004-05
  • AHL All-Star Game — 2005-06
  • AHL All-Star Game — 2007-08
  • AHL Most Wins (36) — 2007-08
  • NHL Rookie of the Month (February) — 2008-09
  • NHL YoungStars Roster — 2008-09
  • World Championship Top 3 Player on Team — 2008-09
  • World Championship Top 3 Player on Team — 2009-10
  • NHL Second All-Star Team — 2010-11
  • NHL Most Wins (43) — 2011-12
  • NHL Most Shutouts (5) — 2012-13
  • World Championship All-Star Team — 2013-14
  • World Championship Most Valuable Player — 2013-14
  • World Championship Silver Medal — 2013-14
  • World Championship Top 3 Player on Team — 2013-14
  • NHL All-Star Game (Selected, did not play) — 2014-15
  • World Championship Best Goaltender — 2014-15
  • World Championship Top 3 Player on Team — 2014-15
  • NHL All-Star Game — 2015-16
  • Finnish Player of the Year — 2016-17
  • Finnish Player of the Year — 2017-18
  • NHL All-Star Game — 2017-18
  • NHL Best Goalie (Vezina Trophy) — 2017-18
  • NHL First All-Star Team — 2017-18
  • NHL Most Shutouts (8) — 2017-18
  • NHL All-Star Game — 2018-19
  • Goal Scored — January 9, 2020
  • King Clancy Memorial Trophy — 2020-21
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