Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne retires after 15 seasons

Pekka Rinne, who has been the Nashville Predators goaltender his entire career, announced on Tuesday that he is retiring after 15 years in the NHL.

Rinne said that he retired because he wanted to spend more time with his family.

“This decision wasn’t easy,” he wrote in an essay in The Players’ Tribune. “I spent the summer in Nashville with my fiancee, Erika, and our six-month-old son, Paulus. My body still feels like it could compete at the highest level … but my decision was about a lot more than that. Every time I looked at my son, at Erika — I just felt like a different person, almost, if that makes sense.

Rinne is currently Nashville’s all-time leader in games played (683), wins (369), goals-against average (2.43), total time on ice (39,413:29), shutouts (60), and saves (17,627).

 
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