An 11-foot, 900-pound Pekka Rinne is coming to town.
The Nashville Predators will unveil a statue of the retired goalie at 10 a.m. March 25 outside Bridgestone Arena, ahead of the team’s game against the Seattle Kraken.
Rinne retired in 2021 after playing all 683 of his career games with Nashville. He is the only player in the history of the franchise to have his number retired.
“Pekka Rinne, who served as the face of the organization for more than 15 years, exemplifies what it truly means to be a Nashville Predators,” team president and CEO Sean Henry said. “Although Pekka remains the greatest player to ever wear our jersey, his contributions off the ice positively impacted all of those around him.
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“Pekka was always putting smiles on faces through his community-changing programs including Best Buddies, the 365 Fund and Feeding the Frontlines. We are excited to permanently honor his long-lasting legacy on our organization and all of (Nashville) with a statue that will stand proudly on the Bridgestone Arena plaza for many years to come.”
Rinne tops the list of almost every franchise goalie record including games, wins (369), goals-against average (2.43), time on ice, shutouts (60) and saves (17,627).
Rinne called the honor “unbelievable and something I would have never dreamed of when I began my career with the Predators.”
“I feel very lucky to have spent my entire 15-year career with the Predators,” he said. “I am truly honored to receive this recognition.”
Rinne’s statue, which will be 11 feet tall and weigh between 850-900 pounds, was commissioned through Scott Wise, a season-ticket holder who lives in Clarksville, where he is a firefighter. The statue took around nine months to make. Rinne’s equipment, including his stick, glove and leg pads, were used to make the bronze casting.
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“Every Predators fan knows Pekka was instrumental in the evolution of hockey culture in Middle Tennessee and how much he has given to the community,” Wise said. “As a fan and sculptor, it’s an honor to be selected to pay tribute to Pekka, the Preds organization and the fans that have made (Nashville) a hockey town.”
Rinne was drafted 258th overall in the 2005 NHL Draft by the Predators. He won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie in 2018 and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is given to the “player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community” in 2021.
Predators season-ticket holders will be able to submit a message expressing what Rinne means to Nashville and the franchise that will be put in a time capsule to be opened in 35 years.