Toni Lydman

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Toni Lydman
Born (1977-09-25) 25 September 1977 (age 37)
Lahti, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Tappara
HIFK
Calgary Flames
Buffalo Sabres
Anaheim Ducks
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 89th overall, 1996
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1996–2013
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for  Finland
Olympic Games
Silver 2006 Turin
Bronze 2010 Vancouver

Toni Petteri Lydman (born 25 September 1977) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey defenceman. He first played competitively in his native Finland with Tappara, and HIFK of the SM-liiga before enjoying a lengthy career in the National Hockey League with the Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres and the Anaheim Ducks.

Playing career[edit]

Lydman was drafted by Calgary in the fourth round, 89th overall at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He spent four seasons playing in Finland's SM-liiga for Tappara in Tampere and HIFK in Helsinki before making his NHL debut for the Flames in the 2000–01 NHL season.

His best season came in 2001-02, when he scored 28 points on 6 goals and 22 assists, tying for fifth for his team in assists and sixth in points scoring. In the 2002–03 NHL season, Lydman led his defense in points with 26 and managed to remain injury-free the whole season, only missing one game due to illness. Calgary made it to the Stanley Cup finals in the 2003–04 NHL season, but Lydman missed most of their playoff campaign due to injury. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, which wiped out the entire 2004–05 NHL season, Lydman returned to Helsinki for HIFK but only managed to play eight games.

On 25 August 2005, Lydman was traded from Calgary to the Buffalo Sabres for a third-round draft pick (John Armstrong) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft,

In the 2007-2008 season, Lydman had the 16th most hits in the league for a defenceman. He is also known for his steady neutral zone play.

Having lost the Olympic final (2006), World Championship final (1998, 1999), World Cup final (2004) and Stanley Cup final (2004), Lydman and his fellow countrymen Jarkko Ruutu, Kimmo Timonen and Sami Salo, are the only members of the unofficial "Quadruple Silver Club", a somewhat humorous reference to the Triple Gold Club and the unofficial "Quadruple Gold Club" for players who have won the most important championships available to the sport.

On 1 July 2010 signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Ducks for $9 million over three years. His Ducks debut was delayed until mid-October because of problems with double vision.

After completion of the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, in which he finished the season heavily concussed from a Justin Abdelkader hit in a playoff series loss to the Detroit Red Wings, Lydman retired from professional hockey and accepted a TV analyst role to cover Finnish Hockey.[1]

Personal[edit]

He lives in Finland with his wife Heta and his two daughters, Amanda and Ellen. Lydman is also a guitarist in the band Mononen, which was started by some friends of his.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Tappara FNL 49 1 2 3 65 3 0 0 0 6
1997–98 Tappara FNL 48 4 10 14 48 4 0 2 2 0
1998–99 HIFK FNL 42 4 7 11 36 11 0 3 3 2
1999–00 HIFK FNL 46 4 18 22 36 9 0 4 4 6
2000–01 Calgary Flames NHL 62 3 16 19 30
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 79 6 22 28 52
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 81 6 20 26 28
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 67 4 16 20 30 6 0 1 1 2
2004–05 HIFK FNL 8 1 2 3 2 5 0 3 3 0
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 1 16 17 82 18 1 4 5 18
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 2 17 19 55 18 1 4 5 55
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 4 22 26 74
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 3 20 23 70
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 4 16 20 30 6 0 1 1 6
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 78 3 22 25 42 6 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 74 0 13 13 46
2012–13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 35 0 6 6 12 3 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 847 36 206 242 551 55 3 8 11 42

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lydman to replace Niittimayki on channel four's hockey team". iltasanomat.fi. 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Brian Rafalski
Winner of the Pekka Rautakallio trophy
1999–00
Succeeded by
Jouni Loponen
Preceded by
Jochen Hecht
Buffalo Sabres captain
November 2007
Succeeded by
Brian Campbell