June 6, 1972 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
New York Islanders
|NHL Draft||70th overall, 1994
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
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
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.
|Competitor for Finland|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Bronze||1994 Lillehammer||Ice hockey|
|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.
- Pekka Rautakallio trophy for best defenceman in the SM-liiga - 1995
- Raimo Kilpiö trophy for gentleman player in the SM-liiga - 1999
He is the older brother of Miikka Kiprusoff.
|Winner of the Pekka Rautakallio trophy
|Winner of the Raimo Kilpiö trophy
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