March 18, 1975 |
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)|
|NHL Draft||250th overall, 1993
Los Angeles Kings
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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
In the 2009-10 regular season, Timonen led all defensemen in shorthanded goals scored, with 2. That year, Timonen would play in his first ever Stanley Cup, though the Flyers would lose to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.
Timonen recorded his 500th career point with an assist on March 1, 2012, against the New York Islanders. He played his 1000th NHL game on March 18, 2013, his 37th birthday.
In preparation for the 2014–15 season, on August 5, 2014, Timonen was diagnosed with blood clots in both of his lungs as well as in his right leg. The serious nature of injury ruled Timonen out indefinitely with the Flyers. Approaching the trade deadline, and returning to health after missing the first 62 games of the season, Timonen was traded by the Flyers to perennial contenders in the Chicago Blackhawks, in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick and 2016 conditional fourth-round pick on February 27, 2015. He left the Flyers organization as the third most productive defenseman in franchise history with 270 points in 519 games.
Kimmo is married to Johanna Timonen and has 3 children; son Samuel and daughters Elle Amelie and Ava Fiona.
Regular season and playoffs
|Competitor for Finland|
- 1994 - First Team All-Star selection at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
- 1997 - Matti Keinonen trophy for best +/- in the SM-liiga
- 2000 - Named to NHL All-Star Game, but unable to play due to injury
- 2004 - Played in NHL All-Star Game
- 2005 - Elected most valuable player in the Mestis playoffs
- 2007 - Played in NHL All Star Game
- 2008 - Named to NHL All-Star Game
- 2012 - Named to NHL All-Star Game
- 5-time Barry Ashbee Trophy winner as Philadelphia Flyers best defenseman – 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014
- "Preds name Timonen captain, send Radulov to AHL". ESPN. 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2007-10-05.
- "Flyers acquire, sign Hartnell and Timonen". The Sports Network. 2007-05-22. Retrieved 2007-06-23.
- "Flyers trade Jussi Timonen to Dallas". Philadelphia Flyers. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2010-02-05.
- "Timonen Out with Blood Clot". Philadelphia Flyers. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
- "2010 Shorthanded goals". hockeyreference.com. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
- "NHL 2011 Skaters". hockeyreference.com. 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-05.
- "Flyers' Timonen has blood clots, team signs Del Zotto". USA Today. 2014-08-05. Retrieved 2014-08-06.
- "Flyers trade Kimmo Timonen to Blackhawks". CSN Philly. 2015-02-27. Retrieved 2015-02-27.
- "2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers media guide". Philadelphia Flyers. 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kimmo Timonen.|
- Career statistics and player information from NHL.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Kimmo Timonen on nhlfinns.com
|Winner of the Matti Keinonen trophy
|Nashville Predators captain