Janne Niinimaa

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Janne Niinimaa
Born (1975-05-22) May 22, 1975 (age 39)
Raahe, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Philadelphia Flyers
Edmonton Oilers
New York Islanders
Dallas Stars
Montreal Canadiens
SM-liiga
Jokerit
Kärpät
Elitserien
Malmö IF
HV71
Luleå HF
NLA
HC Davos
SCL Tigers
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
Allsvenskan
Asplöven HC
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 36th overall, 1993
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1993–2013

Janne Henrik Niinimaa (born May 22, 1975) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey player. He played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Dallas Stars, and Montreal Canadiens. He also played in the Finnish SM-liiga, Swedish Elitserien, Swiss National League A, and Swedish Allsvenskan.

Playing career[edit]

Niinimaa was selected in the second round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, 36th overall, by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Following three seasons playing with Jokerit in Helsinki, Finland, Niinimaa made his debut with the Flyers in the 1996–97 NHL season, posting 44 points and a +12 rating, and being named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.

The following season Niinimaa was traded to the Edmonton Oilers, where he spent parts of six seasons. He earned himself an All-Star appearance in the 2000–01 NHL regular season. He was traded to the New York Islanders in 2003 and then was traded to the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens. During the NHL lockout, Niinimaa returned to play in his native Finland. Niinimaa has twice represented Finland at the Winter Olympics, winning a bronze medal in 1998, and was on the national team when Finland won its first World Championship gold medal.

Niinimaa retired on February 10, 2014.[1]

Transactions[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts +/- PIM
1993–94 Jokerit SM-l 45 3 8 11 24 12 1 1 2 4
1994–95 Jokerit SM-l 42 7 10 17 36 10 1 4 5 35
1995–96 Jokerit SM-l 49 5 15 20 79 11 0 2 2 12
1996–97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 4 40 44 +12 58 19 1 12 13 +3 16
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 66 3 31 34 +6 56
1997–98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 11 1 8 9 +7 6 11 1 1 2 +3 12
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 4 24 28 +7 88 4 0 0 0 -2 2
1999–00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 8 25 33 +14 89 5 0 2 2 +1 2
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 12 34 46 -6 90 6 0 2 2 -1 6
2001–02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 5 39 44 +13 80
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 63 4 24 28 -7 66
2002–03 New York Islanders NHL 13 1 5 6 -2 14 5 0 1 1 -4 12
2003–04 New York Islanders NHL 82 9 19 28 +12 64 5 1 2 3 -2 2
2004–05 Malmö Redhawks SEL 10 0 3 3 -2 34
2004–05 Kärpät SM-l 26 3 10 13 +14 30 12 0 5 5 +3 8
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 41 1 9 10 -7 62
2005–06 Dallas Stars NHL 22 2 4 6 -5 24 4 0 1 1 0 8
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 0 3 3 -13 36
2007–08 HC Davos NLA 48 9 28 37 127
2008–09 SCL Tigers NLA 20 8 10 18 6 20
2009–10 HV71 SEL 43 4 13 17 1 24
2010–11 Luleå HF SEL 48 9 21 30 -2 44 11 1 5 6 12
2011–12 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 20 0 3 3 0 26
2012–13 Asplöven HC Allsvenskan 7 1 3 4 -6 10
NHL totals 741 54 265 319 +43 733 59 3 21 24 -2 60
SM-liiga totals 162 18 43 61 169 45 2 12 14 +3 59
Elitserien totals 101 13 41 54 102
NLA totals 88 17 41 59 157
HockeyAllsvenskan totals 7 1 3 4 -6 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Former NHL defenseman Janne Niinimaa retires". NHL.com. February 10, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 

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