25 September 1977 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)|
|NHL Draft||89th overall, 1996
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for Finland|
Toni 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Pekka Rautakallio trophy for best defenceman in the SM-liiga - 2000
- Silver Medal Winner at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Men's Ice Hockey
- Bronze Medal Winner at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Men's Ice Hockey
- "Lydman to replace Niittimayki on channel four's hockey team". iltasanomat.fi. 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
- Toni Lydman's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Toni Lydman's player profile at NHL.com
|Winner of the Pekka Rautakallio trophy
|Buffalo Sabres captain