Marko Kiprusoff

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Marko Kiprusoff
Kiprusoff Marko TPS.jpg
Born (1972-06-06) June 6, 1972 (age 42)
Turku, FIN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 70th overall, 1994
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1990–2014

Marko Kristian Kiprusoff (born June 6, 1972 in Turku, Finland) is a Finnish retired professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently an assistant junior coach in Finnish hockey club TPS.

Draft[edit]

He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens as their third-round pick, #70 overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

SM-liiga Career[edit]

Marko Kiprusoff started his hockey career with TPS. Kiprusoff also had a three-game visit to HPK during his earlier seasons in the SM-liiga. Kiprusoff earned a reputation as a solid offensive defenceman at TPS and after his successful performances for the Finnish National team and TPS, Kiprusoff was contracted by the Montreal Canadiens.

Kiprusoff won the SM-liiga championship twice, in 1993 and 1995. Kiprusoff also captured the European Championship with TPS in 1994.

First NHL visit[edit]

Kiprusoff spent the 1995–96 season with the Montreal Canadiens but he didn't make much of an impact in the NHL. Kiprusoff played 24 games for the Canadiens and 28 more for Montreal's AHL-affiliate, the Fredericton Canadiens.

Return to Europe[edit]

After his initial season in the NHL, Kiprusoff played two seasons in the Swedish Elitserien for Malmö IF, after which he returned to TPS in 1998. Kiprusoff won two more SM-liiga championships with TPS, making him a four-time SM-liiga champion. Kiprusoff then played the 2001–02 with the New York Islanders and played after that for EHC Kloten in Switzerland.

In 2004 Kiprusoff returned again to TPS, where he played until the end of the 2008-09 season. On 21 May 2009 he signed a contract with French team Ducs d'Angers of the Ligue Magnus. Kiprusoff made a two-year player/coach-contract with the Kuusamon Pallo-Karhut in June 2011. He played in Kuusamo in January 2011, one game, making two points.

International play[edit]

Marko Kiprusoff
Medal record
Competitor for Finland Finland
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games
Bronze 1994 Lillehammer Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 1994 Italy Ice hockey
Gold 1995 Sweden Ice hockey
Silver 1998 Switzerland Ice hockey
Silver 1999 Norway Ice hockey
Silver 2001 Germany Ice hockey

Kiprusoff was a mainstay on the Finnish national team during the most of the '90s. Kiprusoff played 198 National Team games and was on the Finnish national team when they won Finland's first Ice Hockey World Championships gold medal in 1995.

Kiprusoff's last international tournament callup was during the 2003 World Championship Tournament.

Awards[edit]

Personal[edit]

He is the older brother of Miikka Kiprusoff.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Petteri Nummelin
Winner of the Pekka Rautakallio trophy
1994–95
Succeeded by
Mika Strömberg
Preceded by
Kimmo Rintanen
Winner of the Raimo Kilpiö trophy
1998–99
Succeeded by
Kimmo Rintanen