seagoal Posted July 13, 2021 Share Posted July 13, 2021 (edited) A lot of you on here know that over the past 10 years or so one of my favorite goalies in the NHL was Pekka Rinne. Maybe you noticed my avatar on here too.... Anyway, I saw on here this morning that he retired. Sad news, but also happy news. By all accounts Rinne was a top notch human being and a damned good goaltender to boot. Not always on the best teams in Nashville over the years, but he was always solid, as his career numbers show. Peks didn't always have the best, most inspiring gear, but he did have a couple of spectacular sets (see picture bomb below). What I did love about Rinne the most, and what probably drew me to him a decade or so ago, were his masks. Not a huge fan of DaveArt overall but Rinne's mask were always among my favorites and the mask in my avatar on here is my single favorite mask of all time...so much so that it has inspired my next mask paintjob (more on that later in another thread on here). Anyway, here are the news items from today on Rinne, some of his gear and of course his masks over the years. Enjoy and please salute Peks with your beers today. Cheers to #35. Pekka Rinne #35 Born 1982 in Kempele, Finland. 6 foot 5, 217 pounds. Drafted 2004 NSH, 8th rd, 31st pk (258th overall) Career Stats All time leader in games, starts, wins, and shutouts for a Finnish goalie and all time is 19th in wins and shutouts for all NHL goalies. GAA is 4th among NHL goalies with 350 games, behind Hasek, Brodeur, and Plante, and he among 12 goalies all time with 350 wins and 60 shutouts, of those 8 are in the Hall of Fame. Vezina winner in 2018 Today's media Predators website https://www.nhl.com/predators/news/predators-goaltender-pekka-rinne-announces-retirement-from-nhl/c-325639954 NHL.com https://www.nhl.com/news/pekka-rinne-retires/c-325640590 Thank you letter from Rinne, himself (no, I did NOT cry reading this, stop it) https://www.theplayerstribune.com/posts/pekka-rinne-nhl-hockey-nashville-predators-retirement-annoucement Some of his gear over the years His best set ever And of course, some of his awesome monster masks. For my money, taken busy DaveArt masks as a given, Rinne did it the absolute best. And my favorite mask of all time. Couple slightly different variations, but this version of his monster mask was so good. Happy Retirement Peks. Edited July 13, 2021 by seagoal 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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