There almost isn’t a need for an introduction for this one. Pekka Rinne was named the top Admiral of All-Time during the Milwaukee Admirals 35th Anniversary season and with good reason. He was phenomenal from the day he arrived from Finland.
The 2005-06 season was Rinne’s debut to the North American pro game. He did well enough to get a cup of coffee in the NHL and then was the backbone of an Admirals team that made it to the AHL Calder Cup Finals against the Hershey Bears. He would spend a further two seasons in the AHL as the go-to option in net for the Admirals before becoming a staple for the Nashville Predators.
The photo used for this story came from his conditioning assignment with the Admirals during the 2013-14 season. Rinne was back in Milwaukee for two games, won on both occasions, and proceeded to giveback to the fans who introduced him to North America. My biggest takeaway from that small stint was seeing Rinne give a child his goaltending stick after being announced as the game’s second star. He knew it was his last time out in Milwaukee and made a kid’s day without giving a second thought about it. So, when ushering in a new goaltender such as Juuse Saros, it isn’t surprising to see him look after him with much the same care with the exact same instinct of, “why not?”
Cheers to the Nashville Predators and Pekka Rinne for providing me the time to hear from our ol’ Milwaukee Admirals player all grown up! Coming up next we’ll hear from Jeremy Smith, Vern Fiddler, and Harry Zolnierczyk.
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