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Former goalie Pekka Rinne returns to Predators as special advisor

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The Nashville Predators have brought back former goaltender Pekka Rinne in a new role as a special alumni advisor.

General manager David Poyle announced the transfer on Thursday.

Originally from Kempele, Finland, Rinne coached Finnish goalkeepers on their way to a silver medal at the 2022 World Junior Championships. Rinne will watch and learn from Predators goaltending coach Ben Vanderklok and goaltending development coach Dave Rook, along with goaltenders throughout the franchise’s system.

Powal is happy that Rinne is back.

“Besides being a very influential figure in our community, I have no doubt he will be a valuable resource for all goalkeepers in our system,” Poal said in a statement. “His experience and presence, both on and off the ice, will greatly benefit our entire organization.”

Rinne will also participate in franchise alumni activities throughout the Nashville area and continue her role as an ambassador for the Predators Foundation. He retired in his July 2021 and was the franchise his leader in most goaltending stats, including games played (683) and saved (17,627).

The 2018 Vezina Trophy winner is 19th in NHL history with 60 shutouts and tied for 19th with 369 wins. Rinne has been a finalist for his Vezina Trophy three times and an NHL All-Star he has been named four times.

On the ice, he launched the 365 Pediatric Cancer Foundation with former Predators captain Shay Weber in the 2012-13 season to support Vanderbilt’s Monroe-Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital. The fund has made him over $3 million in donations to hospitals and their programs.

Former goalie Pekka Rinne returns to Predators as special advisor

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