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Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff still a man of mystery

Miikka Kiprusoff remains an enigma to many Calgary Flames fans. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI Agency)

Miikka Kiprusoff remains an enigma to many Calgary Flames fans. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:38 AM ET

CALGARY - The affection Calgary Flames fans have for Miikka Kiprusoff is remarkable.

Think of all the standing ovations.

Think of the celebrations along the Red Mile, especially after another "Kipper Special" -- a 2-1 victory.

Think of all the Wayne's World-style "we're not worthy" bows you've seen at the Saddledome.

Amazingly, despite all the success and accolades Kiprusoff has earned over his years, who, if anybody, in the Sea of Red can say they know the unflappable Finn?

"It's fitting he wears a mask," said Flames goalie coach Clint Malarchuk, who's been working alongside Kiprusoff for a couple of seasons.

In all his years with the Flames, while being the backbone of the team, Kiprusoff has not lifted that guise.


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