Ville Nieminen

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Ville Nieminen
Ville Nieminen.jpg
Born (1977-04-06) 6 April 1977 (age 37)
Tampere, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Liiga team
Former teams
Tappara
Colorado Avalanche
Pittsburgh Penguins
Chicago Blackhawks
Calgary Flames
New York Rangers
San Jose Sharks
St. Louis Blues
HC Sibir Novosibirsk
Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
Dinamo Riga
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 78th overall, 1997
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 1999–present

Ville Juhani Nieminen (born April 6, 1977) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for Tappara of the Finnish Liiga

Playing career[edit]

Nieminen started his professional hockey career with Tappara in the Finnish SM-liiga, in the 1994–95 season. He was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche as their third-round pick, #78 overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Nieminen spent three seasons in the AHL with the Hershey Bears, and moved to the NHL and won the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2001.

Known for his non-stop motor mouth and aggressive in-your-face style of play, Nieminen is an annoying opponent in the rink, whose style is heavily reminiscent of Esa Tikkanen. Nieminen has a relaxed personality outside the rink and his odd sense of humour is his trademark.

Nieminen has played for several teams in the NHL, and spent the 2004–05 lockout season playing for his home team, Tappara. He signed with the New York Rangers for the 2005–06 NHL season, and was traded to San Jose on March 8, 2006.

He represented Finland in international play at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and when he was unable to compete at the 2005 IIHF World Championships, he provided commentary on Finnish television with fellow NHL player Tuomo Ruutu. Ville is a popular colour commentator due to his sense of humour and knowledge of the game.

On February 27, 2007, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues. His contract expired in July, and he signed a two-year contract with the Malmö Redhawks, then of the Swedish Allsvenskan.[1] After a single season Nieminen returned to his native land signing with original club Tappara of the SM-liiga.

On June 16, 2010, Nieminen signed a one-year contract with Russian team, HC Sibir Novosibirsk, of the KHL.[2]

On May 6, 2011, Nieminen signed a one-year deal to remain in Russia Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.[3] During the 2011–12 season, Nieminen remained unsettled, and moved twice in stints with Dinamo Riga and Örebro HK of the HockeyAllsvenskan.

Nieminen returned to Finland the following season, re-joining original club, Tappara on a two-year deal on May 2, 2012.[4] During the 2012–13 season, Nieminen enjoyed a scoring resurgence, leading the team with 22 goals and 50 points in a second place regular season finish. He helped Tappara to a Silver medal finish in the Playoffs, leading the league with 41 penalty minutes.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Tappara SM-l 16 0 0 0 0
1995–96 Tappara SM-l 4 0 1 1 8
1996–97 Tappara SM-l 49 10 13 23 120 3 1 0 1 8
1997–98 Hershey Bears AHL 74 14 22 36 85
1998–99 Hershey Bears AHL 67 24 19 43 127 3 0 1 1 0
1999–00 Hershey Bears AHL 74 21 30 51 54 9 2 4 6 6
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Hershey Bears AHL 28 10 11 21 48
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 50 14 8 22 38 23 4 6 10 20
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 53 10 14 24 30
2001–02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 1 2 3 8
2002–03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 9 12 21 93
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 2 11 13 40
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 19 3 5 8 18 24 4 4 8 55
2004–05 Tappara SM-l 26 14 13 27 32 8 2 4 6 12
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 48 5 12 17 53
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 22 3 4 7 10 11 0 2 2 24
2006–07 San Jose Sharks NHL 30 1 1 2 14
2006–07 St. Louis Blues NHL 14 0 0 0 29
2007–08 Malmö Redhawks Swe-1 34 9 15 24 124 3 1 3 4 6
2008–09 Tappara SM-l 55 21 20 41 82
2009–10 Tappara SM-l 50 15 14 29 142 9 3 3 6 16
2010–11 HC Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 53 12 23 35 62 4 1 1 2 0
2011–12 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL 6 1 0 1 4
2011–12 Dinamo Riga KHL 16 0 1 1 14
2011–12 Örebro HK Swe-1 15 5 4 9 16 6 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Tappara SM-l 57 22 28 50 132 15 3 3 6 41
2013–14 Tappara Liiga 55 7 15 22 115 17 3 3 6 12
NHL totals 385 48 69 117 333 58 8 12 20 99

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Finland
Ice hockey
Men's Winter Olympics
Silver 2006 Turin
World Cup
Silver 2004 Toronto
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Finland WJC 5th 6 2 5 7 2
2002 Finland OG 6th 4 0 1 1 2
2004 Finland WCH 2 0 0 0 0
2006 Finland OG 8 0 1 1 4
Junior totals 6 2 5 7 2
Senior totals 14 0 2 2 6

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
NHL
Stanley Cup (Colorado Avalanche) 2000–01

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nieminen signs with Malmo Redhawkes" (in Swedish). Malmö Redhawks. 2007-07-20. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  2. ^ "In Siberia: Stanley cup champion" (in Russian). HC Sibir Novosibirsk. 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  3. ^ "Ville Nieminen joins KHL's Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk". Sports.ru. 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Tapola and Barkov coaching the team" (in Finnish). Tappara. 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 

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