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Pekka Rinne
NUMBER: 35 BIRTHDATE: November 3, 1982  (AGE 31)
HEIGHT: 6' 5" BIRTHPLACE: Kempele, Finland
WEIGHT: 204 DRAFTED: NSH / 2004 NHL Entry Draft
Catches: Left ROUND: 8th   (258th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">YoungStar Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> In 20 games this season, Rinne has posted a 10-6-0 record and a .914 save-percentage. <br /> <br /> In 2007-08, Rinne led the American Hockey League in wins (36), appearances (65) and minutes played (3840) -- his 36 wins tied an Admirals franchise record. He was selected to participate in the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic claiming the Top Goaltender Award in the skills competition. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On adjusting to the NHL: &quot;It's a big adjustment, but it's a lot of fun. Even when I am not playing I try to watch different players on different teams to see what their tendencies are. It's a really exciting time. ... Once you get a couple of games under you it gets easier. You get used to the pace and the skill level of an NHL player.&quot; <br /> <br /> On his idols growing up: &quot;My cousin used to play goalie growing up and he had a big influence on me. He is the biggest reason why I started to play goalie. In NHL I used watch Patrick Roy and John Vanbiesbrouck play when growing up. <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Nashville goaltending coach Mitch Korn: &quot;He's such a positive guy. A lot of goalies would have been unhappy -- we use the term sour -- at different times not being called up or when he was sent to Milwaukee after training camp. But he's got a tremendous attitude. He's a laid back guy and he goes with the flow.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href=";page=NewsPage&amp;articleid=358242" target="_blank">Rinne Readying Himself for NHL Opportunity</a>
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There's no discouragement in that room. There's no issues there at all to be honest with you. It's more about, 'Hey, it's opportunities for players.' And if we become that bad of a team because of one player, it's not a real good sign for our hockey club. So this is part of sports. It's part of hockey.

— Bruins coach Claude Julien on the loss of Zdeno Chara to injury
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