Player of the Week - Miikka Kiprusoff

As a former All-Star, Olympian, and Vezina-Trophy winner, there is very little that Miikka Kiprusoff has not accomplished during his outstanding playing career. That being said, the 34-year old Finn broke a new barrier over the weekend, becoming the first ever net-minder to record a shutout in the Winter or Heritage Classic after blanking the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday afternoon in Calgary. Kiprusoff, who was also the first Finnish goaltender to ever record an NHL post-season victory, began his career with the San Jose Sharks, before a log-jam in net led to him being traded to the Calgary Flames in November of 2003 for a second-round draft pick. Entering his seventh season with the Flames, Kiprusoff has certainly proven his worth, routinely starting over 70 games a season for Calgary and winning more than 250 games in that span – while being widely regarded as one of the top goaltenders in the league each season. In his first season with the Flames, in fact, he led the team to within one win of a Stanley Cup in 2004. A native of Turku, Finland, Kiprusoff is rounding into form after a tough start to this season, which could be said for the rest of the Flames team as well. The Flames are right in the thick of the extremely tight Western Conference playoff race thanks in large part to their red hot goalie who won both starts last week and is 10-1-2 in his last 13 starts.
  • Miikka has been on a tear as of late, winning both starts over the past week – including a 39-save shutout versus the Canadiens in the Heritage Classic on Sunday
  • Has gone 10-1-2 in his last thirteen starts, as the Flames have catapulted into a tie for fifth-place in the Western Conference
  • Sunday’s shutout was Miikka’s fourth of the season (and 38th career shutout) – his first since blanking the Minnesota Wild on November 29th of last year

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Born in Turku, Finland on October 26, 1976
  • Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 5th round, 116th overall, in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft
  • Played his junior hockey for his hometown, TPS Turku
  • Winner of the 2006 Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goaltender, as well as the William M. Jennings Trophy for giving up the fewest goals in the NHL that year
  • Named as First Team All-Star (2005-06)
  • Has represented Finland in many international competitions, including the 2010 Olympics where the team won a bronze medal, and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey that saw the Finnish team finish second
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