Pekka Rinne was born November 3, 1982 in Kempele, Finland. The eighth round, 258th overall selection of the Nashville Predators in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Rinne honed his skills in his homeland with Karpat Oulu before making his North American debut in 2005-06.
During his three seasons in Finland, Rinne backstopped his club team to back to back Finnish Elite League championships in 2004 and 2005. Although he spent the majority of the 2005-06 season with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals, Rinne managed to see limited action with the parent club in Nashville.
Before the 2008-09 season, Chris Mason was traded to the St. Louis Blues, allowing Rinne to be promoted to the NHL where he became a full time backup to Dan Ellis. In that season, he would get 12 wins with a Goals Against average of 1.72 in the month of February to be named the NHL Rookie of the Month. This also helped him usurp Ellis as the number one goaltender. Rinne played in 52 games with a record of 29-15-4.
The 2011-12 season would be the first where Rinne was recognized as one of the premier goaltenders in the NHL. He posted a 33-16-5 record over 64 games and had a goals-against-average of 2.12 to go along with a save percentage of .930. This performance placed him as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, and fourth pace for the Hart Memorial Trophy,
The following season was even better for Rinne. He posted a record of 43-18-8 over 73 games. This went along with a 2.39 GAA and .923 SV%. He once again was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy where he placed third.
Rinne would appear in 64 games for the Predators during the 2014-15 season, posting 41 wins to go along with a minuscule 2.18 goals-against-average. At the end of the season, his strong was once again recognized with a Vezina Trophy nomination.
On the international stage, Rinne has represented his native Finland numerous times which is highlighted by a silver medal performance at the 2014 IIHF World Championship. During that tournament he was named to the All-Star Team and World Championship Most Valuable Player.