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Miikka Sakari Kiprusoff ( ; born October 26, 1976) is a Finnishmarker professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL). He previously played with the San Jose Sharks before being traded to Calgary. He captured the 2006 Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goaltender, and is widely considered among the league's elite at the position.

Playing career

Kiprusoff won the SM-liiga gold medal in 1995 and 1999 in TPS and won the Urpo YlΓΆnen trophy for best goaltender in 1999. He also played in the Swedish Elitserien before he made his NHL debut in 2000 with the San Jose Sharks. He was drafted 116th overall in the 5th round at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

After spending three years as a reserve goalie with the Sharks, Kiprusoff was traded in 2003 to the Calgary Flames. He ended the regular season with a GAA of 1.69, a modern NHL record. Kiprusoff was nominated for the Vezina Trophy. Kiprusoff earned his first playoff shutout on April 13, 2004, at the Pengrowth Saddledomemarker, blanking the Vancouver Canucks. The game finished 4–0 and Kiprusoff stopped all 20 shots he faced, and was named the first star of the game. Completing the playoffs with 5 shutouts in total, Kiprusoff then backstopped the Flames to series victories over the Detroit Red Wings and his former club the San Jose Sharks to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, where the Flames were narrowly defeated in seven games by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Kiprusoff in 2007.
After a season of inactivity due to the 2004–05 lockout, Kiprusoff returned with the Flames in 2005–06 and was nominated for the Hart Trophy in addition to winning the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender. He also won the William Jennings Trophy in recognition for playing on the team with the least goals allowed. Kiprusoff also set a new Flames record for most wins by a goaltender with 42. He broke the record on April 7, 2006, then set another Flames record for the most games played by a goaltender while also reaching the 40-win plateau for the first time in his career in a game against the Minnesota Wild.

Despite a disappointing year from Kiprusoff, compared to his previous seasons, during the 2006–07 season, he still played a major role in the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs, with a .929 save percentage including a 48-save performance in the second game of the first round. Calgary took the eighth seed, one point ahead of the Colorado Avalanche. Facing the first-seeded Detroit Red Wings, however, Calgary lost the opening series in six games. On May 1, 2007, Kiprusoff was nominated for the third straight consecutive season for the Vezina Trophy, but finished tied for third in voting with the New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist, behind Vancouver's Roberto Luongo and the eventual winner, the New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur. During the regular season, he had also become the Flames' all-time shutouts leader, recording his 21st shutout with the Flames on March 27, 2007 in a 1–0 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild.

Entering the final year of his contract in 2007–08, Kiprusoff sought a new long-term deal. On October 30, 2007, he accordingly signed a six-year extension deal worth $35 million US. After recording 39 wins that season, Kiprusoff and the Flames were once again defeated in the first round of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, this time by San Jose in a seven game series.

In the 2008–09 NHL season, Kiprusoff once again set a new record for most wins by a Calgary Flames goaltender, recording his 43rd win on March 28, 2009. Despite his strong play, the Flames were eliminated for the fourth consecutive season in the first round, this time by the Chicago Blackhawks.

International play

Kiprusoff followed up his 2004 Stanley Cup performance to help Team Finland in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He backstopped the Finnish squad to a silver medal, losing in the gold medal final to Team Canada.

Kiprosuff was selected to play for Finland at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turinmarker but declined, citing a nagging hip injury. His desire to play for Finland was questioned as, despite the claimed injury, he continued to play for the Flames. He had also previously declined the invitation to join the Finnish national team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake Citymarker and later in the 2008 IIHF World Championships.

Leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kiprusoff announced that he would not play for Finland unless he was the clear-cut starter.

Kiprusoff has played for Finland in:



Personal life

Kiprusoff and his fiancΓ©e, Seidi Saski Mantere, have a son, Aaro, born in the summer of 2005.Kiprusoff's older brother, Marko Kiprusoff, is a defenceman for TPS as of December 2008 and has also played in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders.

Awards



Records



Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1994–95 TPS SM-l 4 ? ? ? ? ? 0 3.00 ? 13 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1995–96 TPS SM-l 12 ? ? ? 550 38 0 4.14 ? 3 ? ? 114 4 ? 2.10 ?
1996–97 AIK IF Elit 42 ? ? ? 2466 104 3 2.53 ? 7 ? ? 420 23 ? 3.28 ?
1997–98 AIK Elit 42 ? ? ? 2457 110 0 2.69 ? 5 ? ? 300 8 ? 1.60 ?
1998–99 TPS SM-l 39 26 6 6 2260 70 4 1.85 ? 10 9 1 580 15 3 1.55 ?
1999–00 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 47 23 19 4 2759 144 3 2.48 .924 5 1 3 239 13 0 3.27 .904
2000–01 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL 36 19 9 6 2038 76 2 2.24 .926 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
2000–01 San Jose Sharks NHL 5 2 1 0 154 5 0 1.95 .902 3 1 1 149 5 0 2.01 .937
2001–02 Cleveland Barons AHL 4 4 0 0 242 7 0 1.73 .949 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
2001–02 San Jose Sharks NHL 20 7 6 3 1041 43 2 2.49 .915 1 0 0 7 0 0 0.00 1.000
2002–03 San Jose Sharks NHL 22 5 14 0 1199 65 1 3.25 .879 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 38 24 10 4 2300 65 4 1.69 .933 26 15 11 1655 51 5 1.85 .928
2004–05 TimrΓ₯ IK Elit 46 ? ? ? 2719 97 5 2.14 ? β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
2005–06 Calgary Flames NHL 74 42 20 11 4379 151 10 2.07 .923 7 3 4 428 16 0 2.24 .921
2006–07 Calgary Flames NHL 74 40 24 9 4419 181 7 2.46 .917 6 2 4 383 18 0 2.81 .929
2007–08 Calgary Flames NHL 76 39 26 10 4398 197 2 2.69 .906 7 2 4 336 18 1 3.21 .908
2008–09 Calgary Flames NHL 76 45 24 5 4418 209 4 2.84 .903 6 2 4 324 19 0 3.52 .884
SM-liiga totals 55 β€” β€” β€” 3049 120 4 2.36 ? 15 β€” β€” 814 26 β€” 1.91 ?
Elitserien totals 130 β€” β€” β€” 7642 311 8 2.44 ? 13 β€” β€” 776 36 0 2.78 ?
AHL totals 87 46 28 10 5039 227 5 2.70 ? 5 1 3 239 13 0 3.27 ?
NHL totals 385 204 125 42 22306 916 30 2.46 .912 56 25 28 3284 127 6 2.32 .921


International statistics

Year Comp GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1996 WJC 3 ? ? ? 159 9 ? 3.39
1999 WC 4 0 0 0 156 3 0 1.16
2001 WC 8 0 0 0 140 5 1 2.14
2004 WCH 6 4 1 1 363 9 2 1.48
Senior int'l totals 18 4 1 1 559 17 3 1.82


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