Sami Kapanen

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Sami Kapanen
Kapanen Sami KalPa 2009 1.jpg
Born (1973-06-14) June 14, 1973 (age 41)
Vantaa, Finland
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for KalPa
HIFK
Hartford Whalers
Carolina Hurricanes
Philadelphia Flyers
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 87th overall, 1995
Hartford Whalers
Playing career 1990–2010
2011–2014

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.

Playing career[edit]

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 was retiring from the NHL and he would be returning to Finland to play for KalPa.[1] 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.[2][3]

Awards[edit]

  • 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.

Records[edit]

  • 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.

Career statistics[edit]

Kapanen (24) playing for the Flyers against the New York Rangers in 2007.

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90 KalPa Fin-Jr. 30 14 13 27 4
1990–91 KalPa Fin-Jr. 31 9 27 36 10
1990–91 KalPa Liiga 14 1 2 3 2 8 2 1 3 2
1991–92 KalPa Fin-Jr. 8 1 3 4 12
1991–92 KalPa Liiga 42 15 10 25 8
1992–93 KalPa Liiga 37 4 17 21 12
1993–94 KalPa Liiga 48 23 32 55 16
1994–95 HIFK Liiga 49 14 28 42 42 3 0 0 0 0
1995–96 Hartford Whalers NHL 35 5 4 9 6
1995–96 Springfield Falcons AHL 28 14 17 31 4 3 1 2 3 0
1996–97 Hartford Whalers NHL 45 13 12 25 2
1997–98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 26 37 63 16
1998–99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 24 35 59 10 5 1 1 2 0
1999–00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 76 24 24 48 12
2000–01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 20 37 57 24 6 2 3 5 0
2001–02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 77 27 42 69 23 23 1 8 9 6
2002–03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 43 6 12 18 12
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 28 4 9 13 6 13 4 3 7 6
2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 12 18 30 14 18 3 7 10 6
2004–05 KalPa Mestis 10 6 3 9 2 9 5 3 8 4
2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 58 12 22 34 12 6 0 0 0 2
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 11 14 25 22
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 5 3 8 16 16 2 0 2 2
2008–09 KalPa Liiga 55 20 24 44 18 12 4 5 9 4
2009–10 KalPa Liiga 49 15 31 46 58 13 6 7 13 0
2011–12 KalPa Liiga 35 13 12 25 33 2 1 0 1 0
2012–13 KalPa Liiga 38 7 11 18 14 5 0 1 1 2
2013–14 KalPa Liiga 34 7 6 13 26
NHL totals 831 189 269 458 175 87 13 22 35 22
Liiga totals 401 120 173 293 229 43 13 14 27 8

International[edit]

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Bronze 1994 Lillehammer Ice hockey
Bronze 1998 Nagano Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2001 Team
Silver 1998 Team
Gold 1995 Team
Silver 1994 Team
Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1990 Finland EJC 6 6 4 10 0
1991 Finland WJC 7 1 5 6 8
1992 Finland WJC 7 1 2 3 2
1994 Finland OG 8 1 0 1 2
1994 Finland WC 8 4 2 6 0
1995 Finland WC 8 2 2 4 6
1996 Finland WC 6 2 3 5 2
1996 Finland WCH 3 0 0 0 4
1998 Finland OG 6 0 1 1 0
1998 Finland WC 10 4 3 7 2
2001 Finland WC 8 7 4 11 8
2002 Finland OG 4 1 2 3 4
2004 Finland WCH Did not play
2006 Finland OG Did not play
2009 Finland WC 7 2 3 5 2
2010 Finland WC 7 1 1 2 0
WC totals 54 22 18 40 20
OG totals 18 2 3 5 6
WJC totals 14 2 7 9 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sami Kapanen Announces His Retirement". Philadelphia Flyers. June 3, 2008. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Nyt se on totta, KalPa-ikoni Sami Kapanen palaa kaukaloon!" (in Finnish). KalPa. 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  3. ^ Robert Pettersson (2011-04-07). "Sami Kapanen gör comeback" (in Swedish). Hockeysverige. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 

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