Kiprusoff set to break franchise record
CALGARY, AB -- On Friday night, Miikka Kiprusoff will become the Calgary Flames all-time leader in games played for a goaltender, surpassing current leader Mike Veron.
Vernon played 526 games with the Flames, recording 262 victories - a record number of wins until Oct. 13, 2010. Kiprusoff led his club to a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens that night and took over the title of the winning-est goaltender in franchise history.
The 35 year-old is in the midst of a stellar season. He is eighth in the League in wins with 22, fourth in games played with 44, and sixth in overall minutes played with 2,550:28 under his belt.
In the 1223 shots he has faced this year, he's allowed just 99. His save percentage currently sits at .919 while his GAA is 2.33.
He is also just two wins away from the 300 mark.
Kiprusoff has been an absolute workhorse since being traded to Calgary by San Jose on Nov. 16, 2003 for conditional draft pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He's averaged 74 games per season over the course of the past six years and has put in 52 games for the Flames in the postseason.
Kiprusoff's illustrious career includes a bronze medal with Finland in the 2010 Winter Olympics, winning the Vezina Trophy in the 2005-06 campaign, being named a finalist for the Hart Trophy when the 2005-06 season concluded, snagging the William Jennings Trophy in 2005-06, two silver medals at the World Championships (1999 & 2001), a silver medal at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and a trip Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004.