For those who are not very enthusiastic about field hockey, the name Pekka Rinne may not ring a bell. But anyone who keeps up with the sport should know a thing or two about the most googled facts about this field hockey goalie.
In addition to his biography and career, the following pages contain interesting facts about Rinne’s love life, body measurements, and more. Join us in our research to find out more about the man behind the name.
Pekka Rinne Bio, Where Is He From?
As one of the most reliable goalkeepers in the national field hockey league, Pekka Rinne is a professional field hockey goalkeeper – the equivalent of a goalkeeper in a soccer game. He comes from Finland, which is evident from his name, and was born on November 3, 1982, in Kempele, Finland, as the son of Jukka and Helena Rinne. Pekka has a sister, Anna Pyorala, and a brother-in-law, Mika Pyorala. He currently plays for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League.
Rinne’s feelings for field hockey came to life in high school. After graduating high school, he was placed in the Minor League. In the 2004 Entry Draft, Rinne was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the 8th round and finished 258th overall. He signed a seven-year contract with the team worth $49 million. This is one of the largest contracts in the history of the Nashville Predators – after Shea Weber’s thirteen-year contract worth 114 million dollars. The ice hockey star swallows a colossal sum of 7 million dollars every year.
Pekka led the Predators to their first win in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoff series in the history of the franchise sport. He used his great skills to push the team to unimagined heights. Given this, it is not surprising that he received nominations for the Venice Trophy in 2011 and 2012. Rinne was described as an outstanding goalkeeper.
Rinne is reveling in the last year of his contract with the Nashville Predators, which means his contract with the team will soon expire. It’s not clear if he will stay with The Preds if his contract is renewed by the team in the coming months. We will just have to fold our arms and wait and see.
Wife Or Girlfriend, Is He Married Or Dating?
In April 2013 the good-looking ice hockey goalkeeper is supposed to be engaged to professional singer Kirsi Lehtosaari. Lehtosaari was one of the candidates for the Voice of Finland, a reality show that promotes talented singers like American Idol. Their relationship came to an abrupt end in July 2015. It is not clear why they broke up, and neither of the two parties has commented on the subject. Rinne has not followed Kirsi Lehtosaari in social media since then.
Recently, rumors have been circulating that he is giving love a second chance. Sources say that the hot goalkeeper is involved in an intimate relationship with blonde Erika Parkko, which has been described as breathtaking. Erika is said to have stolen Pekka Rinne’s heart. Although like Rinne she comes from Finland, not much is known about her. However, it is said that she comes from Kokta in Finland and has a degree from the University of Oulu.
It is said that Rinne enjoyed single status for a while before she got into a romantic relationship with Erika Parkko, who works for an alcoholic beverage company. Mr. Rinne has yet to confirm his status as lovers with Erika Parkko. And she has not yet confirmed him either.
Height, Weight, and Body Features
The Nashville Predators’ goalkeeper stands at 196 cm, which is 6 ft 5 inches. He is currently the fifth-largest goalkeeper in the National Hockey League. This gives him a great advantage in handling the stick and leg pads that fans associate with field hockey games. He weighs a total of 98 kg (217 lb).
His towering and amazing body structure has helped him secure many huge saves for The Preds. He has been described as a tall and athletic goalkeeper who can fend off goals with his hands. But also his lack of concentration during the games was a cause for concern for many. Nevertheless, Mr. Rinne managed to impress the fans with his goalkeeping skills.