With that tweet, it appears the 36-year-old Finnish-goalie has retired from the game of hockey. It was reported before the regular-season ended that Kiprusoff would head to Finland at the conclusion of the season. When asked if he was open to being traded he said that he would not report to wherever he was traded.
Way back in 2003, the Flames signed the free-agent after a three-year stint with the Sharks, the team that drafted him.
In the 2003-04 season he lead Calgary to the Stanley Cup Finals where they faced the Tampa Bay Lightning but were ousted in a thrilling seven-game series.
The next season he won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goalie. Kiprusoff posted a 2.07 GAA and .923 save percentage.
His final year wearing black and red was easily his worst season as a professional. A 3.44 GAA and a .882 save percentage didn’t meet expectations and he was forced to split the season with Joey MacDonald, who will likely be the starter next season.
In his last game in Calgary, the fans gave him a well-deserved standing ovation to end his career.