CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Miikka Kiprusoff is leaving the NHL and the Calgary Flames on his terms.
The veteran goalie announced his retirement on Monday after 12 NHL seasons, the last nine with the Flames — the club with which he wanted to finish his career.
The 36-year-old Kiprusoff, who began his career with the San Jose Sharks, joined the Flames in 2003 and helped lead them to the Stanley Cup finals the following year.
He made the decision to retire at the end of last season, but thought about it over the summer before making an official announcement that he was "100 percent sure."
"It's an important decision for me personally, my family, the Flames organization and fans," Kiprusoff said in a release. "I've been very lucky to have spent 10 years of my career in Calgary. There is no better place to live and play."
The native of Turku, Finland holds Flames records with 305 wins, 576 games played, and 41 shutouts.
With the Flames well out of playoff contention last season, the team discussed dealing Kiprusoff at the trade deadline.
Although he didn't have a no-trade clause, Kiprusoff indicated he wouldn't report to a new team if dealt. The Toronto Maple Leafs were unsuccessful in getting him to change his mind.
"Miikka has been up front with us since the trade deadline that he wanted to finish his outstanding playing career as a Flames player, and that the 2013 season was going to be his last," Calgary general manager Jay Feaster said. "We, as an organization, made it clear to Kipper that we did not want him to make a rash or hasty decision.
"We wanted to give him time to get refreshed during the summer and spend some additional time to make his decision."
Kiprusoff made his NHL debut with San Jose in March 2001 after a two-season stint with Kentucky of the AHL. Kiprusoff spent parts of three seasons with San Jose before being traded to Calgary on Nov. 16, 2003, for a second-round draft pick.