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The Calgary Flames have officially announced the retirement of 36 year old Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff on the eve of Training Camp, the end of an era that saw Miikka finish as the Calgary Flames all-time leader in wins with 305 , Games Played with 576 and 41 Shutouts. The iconic backbone to the Calgary Flames organization acquired on November 16th, 2003 from the San Jose Sharks for a second round draft pick that went on to bring the Calgary Flames to the Stanley Cup Finals the same year. Miikka is known for being an elite but very under-rated goaltender as he went on to win his first Vezina during the 2006 campaign along with the William M. Jennings Trophy for allowing the least goals in the National Hockey League while playing in his first All-Star game during 2007. His international play didn’t go unnoticed either winning 3 Silver Medals at the 1999 and 2001 World Championships and 2004 World Cup while winning a lone Bronze Medal at the 2010 Olympic Games. A new look in net this upcoming season with Karri Ramo and Joey McDonald fighting for the starting position in the upcoming 2013-2014 season. Do you think Miikka Kiprusoff is elite enough to make the Hockey Hall of Fame ?