Kimmo Timonen

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Kimmo Timonen
Kimmo Timonen cropped.jpg
Born (1975-03-18) March 18, 1975 (age 39)
Kuopio, Finland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Philadelphia Flyers
KalPa
TPS
HIFK
Nashville Predators
HC Lugano
Brynäs IF
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 250th overall, 1993
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1991–present

Kimmo Samuel Timonen (born March 18, 1975) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenseman for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Timonen was the youngest player to play for Finland at the 1993 IIHF World Junior Championships at the age of 17. He recorded the second-highest shot total in the tournament with 44.

Timonen was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the tenth round, 250th overall, of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. After the draft, he continued to play in his native Finland for several years, first for KalPa and then later for TPS. In 1998, Timonen played on the bronze medal-winning Finnish Olympic team in Nagano. Shortly after the Olympics, the Kings traded him along with Jan Vopat to the Nashville Predators organization (the team not yet having begun play) in agreement that Nashville would not select Garry Galley in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft.

Timonen spent his first eight NHL seasons with the Predators.

During the 1998–99 NHL season, Timonen split time between Nashville and their IHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. The following year, he was promoted to a full-time NHL player. He played the next four seasons for the Predators, steadily improving his offensive output, until the 2004–05 NHL lockout. During the lockout, Timonen played for his hometown team, KalPa, which he partly owns with former Flyers teammate Sami Kapanen. Timonen also persuaded his teammate Adam Hall to play for KalPa for the duration of the lockout.

Timonen represented Finland at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and led his team in scoring with six points, the fifth-highest total overall in the tournament.

On October 3, 2006, Timonen was named the captain of the Nashville Predators for the 2006–07 season.[1] That season proved to be a career year for Timonen with him registering career highs in both assists and total points.

Following the 2006–07 season, Timonen was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Shortly after, he signed a six-year, $37.8 million contract extension with them, a deal which made him the highest paid Finn in the NHL.[2] At the time, Timonen's younger brother Jussi Timonen was playing for the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers AHL affiliate. However, Jussi was subsequently traded to the Dallas Stars early in the 2007–08 season.[3]

Timonen with the Flyers in 2010.

After beating the Capitals 4-3 and the Canadiens 4-1 in the first two rounds of the playoffs, Timonen's first playoff run with the Flyers was put on hold after a visit to the doctor; Timonen got hit by a wrist shot at his foot on April 30, 2008, by Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov. Timonen felt numbness in his foot as the week went along and thought it was nothing but a twisted nerve. After an MRI failed to reveal anything, Timonen had the foot examined at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. However on May 8, 2008, the doctor found a small blood clot in Timonen's foot. Timonen was sidelined indefinitely and missed the first four games of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Timonen returned for game 5, but the Flyers lost the game and their playoff run came to an end.[4]

In the 2009-10 regular season, Timonen led all defensemen in shorthanded goals scored, with 2.[5]

Timonen scored his 100th career goal on March 5, 2011, against the Buffalo Sabres. He ended the season in a tie with Marc Staal for most shorthanded goals among defensemen, with 2.[6]

Timonen recorded his 500th career point with an assist on March 1, 2012, against the New York Islanders.

Timonen played his 1000th NHL game on March 18, 2013, his 37th birthday.

On August 5, 2014, Timonen was diagnosed with blood clots in both of his lungs as well as in his right leg.[7] It is unclear whether he will ever play again.

Personal life[edit]

Kimmo is married to Johanna and has 3 children; son Samuel and daughters Ella Amelie and Ava Fiona.[8]

Records[edit]

  • Nashville Predators' franchise record for career assists (222)

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 KalPa SM-l 5 0 0 0 0
1992–93 KalPa SM-l 33 0 2 2 4
1993–94 KalPa SM-l 46 6 7 13 55
1994–95 TPS SM-l 45 3 4 7 10 13 0 1 1 11
1995–96 TPS SM-l 48 3 21 24 22 9 1 2 3 12
1996–97 TPS SM-l 50 10 14 24 18 12 2 7 9 8
1997–98 HIFK SM-l 45 10 15 25 24 9 3 4 7 8
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 50 4 8 12 30
1998–99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 29 2 13 15 22
1999–2000 Nashville Predators NHL 51 8 25 33 26
2000–01 Nashville Predators NHL 82 12 13 25 50
2001–02 Nashville Predators NHL 82 13 29 42 28
2002–03 Nashville Predators NHL 72 6 34 40 46
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 77 12 32 44 52 6 0 0 0 10
2004–05 HC Lugano NLA 3 0 1 1 0
2004–05 Brynäs IF SEL 10 5 3 8 8
2004–05 KalPa Mestis 12 4 13 17 6 8 3 7 10 4
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 79 11 39 50 74 5 1 3 4 4
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 80 13 42 55 42 5 0 2 2 4
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 8 36 44 50 13 0 6 6 8
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 3 40 43 54 6 0 1 1 12
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 6 33 39 50 23 1 10 11 20
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 6 31 37 36 11 1 5 6 14
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 4 39 43 46 11 1 3 4 23
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 45 5 24 29 36
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 6 29 35 32 7 0 1 1 4
NHL totals 1092 117 454 571 652 87 4 31 35 99

International[edit]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for  Finland
Winter Olympics
Bronze 1998 Nagano
Silver 2006 Turin
Bronze 2010 Vancouver
Bronze 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Silver 1998 Switzerland
Silver 1999 Norway
Silver 2001 Germany
Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1992 Finland EJC 5th 4 0 0 0 0
1993 Finland EJC 4th 6 2 2 4 2
1993 Finland WJC 5th 7 2 0 2 6
1994 Finland WJC 4th 7 3 3 6 4
1995 Finland WJC 4th 7 2 6 8 4
1996 Finland WC 5th 6 0 1 1 0
1998 Finland OG 3rd 6 0 1 1 2
1998 Finland WC 2nd 10 2 6 8 4
1999 Finland WC 2nd 10 1 4 5 6
2001 Finland WC 2nd 9 2 2 4 10
2002 Finland OG 6th 4 0 1 1 2
2002 Finland WC 4th 9 1 2 3 8
2003 Finland WC 5th 7 2 5 7 2
2004 Finland WCH 2nd 6 1 5 6 2
2005 Finland WC 7th 6 2 1 3 6
2006 Finland OG 2nd 8 1 4 5 2
2010 Finland OG 3rd 6 2 2 4 2
2014 Finland OG 3rd 6 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 31 9 11 20 16
Senior totals 93 14 36 50 46

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Preds name Timonen captain, send Radulov to AHL". ESPN. 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  2. ^ "Flyers acquire, sign Hartnell and Timonen". The Sports Network. 2007-05-22. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  3. ^ "Flyers trade Jussi Timonen to Dallas". Philadelphia Flyers. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  4. ^ "Timonen Out with Blood Clot". Philadelphia Flyers. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  5. ^ "2010 Shorthanded goals". hockeyreference.com. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  6. ^ "NHL 2011 Skaters". hockeyreference.com. 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  7. ^ "Flyers' Timonen has blood clots, team signs Del Zotto". USA Today. 2014-08-05. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  8. ^ "2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers media guide". Philadelphia Flyers. 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 

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Preceded by
Petri Varis
Winner of the Matti Keinonen trophy
1996–97
Succeeded by
Olli Jokinen
Preceded by
Greg Johnson
Nashville Predators captain
2006–07
Succeeded by
Jason Arnott