June 14, 1973 |
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)|
|NHL Draft||87th overall, 1995
Sami Hannu Antero Kapanen (born June 14, 1973) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Finnish Liiga. He played 12 NHL seasons for the Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers. He is the majority owner and general manager of KalPa. Kapanen's son, Kasperi Kapanen, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Kapanen was drafted 87th overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Hartford Whalers. His first NHL season was in 1995–96, when he played 35 games with Hartford. The Whalers relocated to become the Carolina Hurricanes following the 1996–97 season and Kapanen averaged 24 goals and 35 assists in his next five seasons with Carolina. His best season was in 2001–02 when he scored 27 goals and 42 assists for 69 points. He was selected twice for the NHL All Star Game (2000, 2002), winning the Individual event for "the Fastest skater" on both occasions.
On February 7, 2003, Kapanen was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers along with Ryan Bast for Pavel Brendl and Bruno St. Jacques. In his first two seasons with Philadelphia, Kapanen played 31 playoff games, scoring 17 points.
Kapanen has played three times for Finland at the Winter Olympics. In 18 Olympic games he scored 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points. In the NHL, Kapanen has played 831 regular season games, scoring 189 goals and 269 assists for 458 points. He has also played in 87 playoff games, scoring 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points. Kapanen also won a gold medal at the 1995 Ice Hockey World Championships.
Since 2003, Kapanen has also been the majority owner of the Finnish hockey team KalPa Kuopio, the same club that gave him his start as a professional. One of the minority owners is Kimmo Timonen who in 2007 became Kapanen's teammate on the Flyers. Following the 2007–08 season, Kapanen announced that he would be returning to Finland to play for KalPa. He retired as a player after the 2009–10 season.
On April 7, 2011, Kapanen announced that he would be doing a comeback as a player in KalPa, playing on a two year contract. He, however, stepped down as the club's chief executive officer (CEO) and instead handed that role over to his brother Kimmo Kapanen.
- Bronze Medal at the Winter Olympics in 1994.
- Named to the SM-liiga First All-Star Team in 1994.
- Bronze Medal at the Winter Olympics in 1998.
- Played in the NHL All-Star Game in 2000.
- Played in the NHL All-Star Game in 2002.
- Awarded the Yanick Dupre Memorial in 2004.
- Awarded the Gene Hart Memorial Award in 2007.
- Tied a record for scoring two consecutive overtime goals in two consecutive games. (Since broken by Andrew Cogliano)
- Two-time NHL All Star game individual event Fastest Skater winner (2000, 2002) completing a lap around an NHL rink in 13.649 resp. 14.039 seconds.
- Fastest Man on ice awarded when he completed a lap around an NHL rink in 12.7 seconds.
Regular season and playoffs
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Bronze||1994 Lillehammer||Ice hockey|
|Bronze||1998 Nagano||Ice hockey|
|2004||Finland||WCH||Did not play|
|2006||Finland||OG||Did not play|
- Philadelphia Flyers - News: Sami Kapanen Announces His Retirement - 06/03/2008
- "Nyt se on totta, KalPa-ikoni Sami Kapanen palaa kaukaloon!" (in Finnish). KalPa. 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
- Robert Pettersson (2011-04-07). "Sami Kapanen gör comeback" (in Swedish). Hockeysverige. Retrieved 2011-09-14.
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