Teppo Numminen

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Teppo Numminen
Teppo Numminen.jpg
Teppo Numminen playing for the Buffalo Sabres, January 2007.
Born (1968-07-03) July 3, 1968 (age 46)
Tampere, FIN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for Tappara (SM-liiga)
TuTo (SM-liiga)
Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes
Dallas Stars
Buffalo Sabres
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 29th overall, 1986
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 1985–2009
Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Silver 1988 Calgary Ice hockey
Bronze 1998 Nagano Ice hockey
Silver 2006 Torino Ice hockey

Teppo Kalevi Numminen (born July 3, 1968) is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League. He is currently an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres.

Playing career[edit]

Numminen started his career with his local team, Tappara, in the SM-liiga. Drafted in the second round (twenty-ninth overall) in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets, Numminen moved to North America in 1988 to play for the Jets. He moved with the team as it became the Phoenix Coyotes before the 1996–97 season. He played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1999, 2000 and 2001. After fifteen seasons playing for the Winnipeg/Phoenix organization, Numminen was traded to the Dallas Stars in July 2003, for Mike Sillinger. Numminen took a break from hockey during the 2004–05 NHL lockout, then signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Sabres.

On November 13, 2006, Numminen played his 1252nd game in the NHL, thus setting a record for most NHL games played as a European-trained player, surpassing Jari Kurri. At the time of his retirement, Numminen was the last player from the 1986 NHL Entry Draft still playing in the NHL.

After signing a one-year contract for the 2007–08 NHL season, Numminen was forced to undergo open heart surgery before the start of the season. Numminen was suspended by the Buffalo Sabres when it was discovered he needed heart surgery.[1] Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier stated the suspension was because his $2.6 million contract was not insured, and the contract contains a clause that states the player must pass the physical and be fit to play.[2]

Word came that Numminen's heart surgery was successful. Completed on September 20, 2007, at the Cleveland Clinic, the surgery was performed to repair a faulty valve.[3] Numminen was able to return to action for the final game of the Sabres' 2007–08 season on April 5, 2008.

Per a statement by GM Regier, Numminen expressed some interest in returning to NHL play for at least another year. On August 8, 2008, Numminen re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres.[4]

He was the leader among active NHL players who played the most games without winning the Stanley Cup: 1,372 at the end of the 2008-09 season.

Numminen announced his retirement on August 4, 2009. The 41-year old finished his NHL career with 117 goals and 520 assists for 637 points in 1372 NHL games. At the time of his retirement, his 1372 NHL games were the most by a European-born and trained player at any position, a record since broken by Nicklas Lidstrom in the 2009-10 season.

On January 30, 2010, the Phoenix Coyotes retired Numminen's #27. During his 15 seasons for the franchise (including their previous incarnation as the Winnipeg Jets) he played 1,098 games, a then franchise record. His 534 points are also a franchise record for defencemen.[5]

International play[edit]

Numminen won two silver medals ('88 & '06) and a bronze ('98) playing with the Finnish Olympic Team.

Other activities[edit]

Numminen used to own 80% of Montreal Sports Ltd, which was a company founded by his father, Kalevi. The company produced ice hockey sticks and equipment and was sold to the large hockey brand Warrior.

Personal life[edit]

Numminen and his wife Ann-Maarit have two daughters, Bianca and Erica, and one son, Niklas. His brother, center Teemu Numminen (born December 23, 1973) was drafted 229th overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets but he never made it to the NHL.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts +/- PIM
1984–85 Whitby Lawmen OJHL 16 3 9 12 0
1985–86 Tappara Jr. Fin-Jr. 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 2
1985–86 Tappara SM-liiga 31 2 4 6 6 8 0 0 0 0
1986–87 Tappara SM-liiga 44 9 9 18 16 9 4 1 5 4
1987–88 Tappara SM-liiga 40 10 10 20 29 10 6 6 12 6
1988–89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 69 1 14 15 -11 36
1989–90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 11 32 43 -4 20 7 1 2 3 +1 10
1990–91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 8 25 33 -15 20
1991–92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 5 34 39 +15 32 7 0 0 0 -3 0
1992–93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 66 7 30 37 +4 33 6 1 1 2 -4 2
1993–94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 57 5 18 23 -23 28
1994–95 Winnipeg Jets NHL 42 5 16 21 +12 16
1994–95 TuTo SM-liiga 12 3 8 11 4
1995–96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 74 11 43 54 -4 22 6 0 0 0 -3 2
1996–97 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 2 25 27 -3 28 7 3 3 6 +3 0
1997–98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 11 40 51 +25 30 1 0 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 10 30 40 +3 30 7 2 1 3 -5 4
1999–00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 8 34 42 +21 16 5 1 1 2 +1 0
2000–01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 72 5 26 31 +9 36
2001–02 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 76 13 35 48 +13 20 4 0 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 78 6 24 30 0 30
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 62 3 14 17 -5 18 4 0 1 1 -1 0
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 2 38 40 +6 36 12 1 1 2 +3 4
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 2 27 29 +17 32 16 0 4 4 +10 4
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 57 2 15 17 -4 22
NHL totals 1372 117 520 637 +56 513 82 9 14 23 +2 28
SM-liiga totals 127 24 31 55 55 27 10 7 17 10

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Preceded by
Keith Tkachuk
Phoenix Coyotes captain
200103
Succeeded by
Shane Doan