Antti-Jussi Niemi

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Antti-Jussi Niemi
Antti-Jussi Niemi.jpg
Born (1977-09-22) 22 September 1977 (age 39)
Vantaa, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Jokerit
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Frölunda HC
HC Lada Togliatti
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 81st overall, 1996
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 1996–2014
Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Silver medal – second place 2006 Turin Ice hockey

Antti-Jussi Jormanpoika Niemi (born 22 September 1977) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey player. Niemi played for Jokerit of the SM-Liiga, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the National Hockey League, HC Lada Togliatti in the Kontinental Hockey League and Västra Frölunda HC and Leksands IF of the Swedish Elitserien.

Professional career[edit]

Niemi began his professional career with Jokerit of the SM-liiga. His play attracted the attention of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League, who drafted him in the fourth round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, 81st overall. In June 1998, the Senators traded his NHL rights to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, along with Ted Donato for Patrick Lalime.

Niemi moved to North America in 2000 to continue his professional career. Niemi played two years in the Mighty Ducks organization, mostly with their minor league Cincinnati Mighty Ducks team, but was called up to Anaheim for a total of 29 games.

Niemi returned to Finland and returned to Jokerit for the 2002–03 season. After one season, Niemi transferred to Frölunda HC of Sweden, where he played five seasons including the 2005 Elitserien championship. The 2008–09 season was split between HC Lada Togliatti of the Kontinental Hockey League and Leksands IF of the Swedish league.

In 2009 Niemi returned again to Finland and Jokerit. He played five more seasons with Jokeriti to finish his career, retiring in 2014. In total, Niemi won two SM-liiga gold medals with Jokerit.

Niemi was member of the Finnish national team at several World Championships, as well as the 2006 Winter Olympics. He was a member of the 2006 silver medal team.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Jokerit SM-liiga 6 0 2 2 6 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Jokerit SM-liiga 44 2 9 11 38 9 0 2 2 2
1997–98 Jokerit SM-liiga 46 2 6 8 71 8 0 1 1 0
1998–99 Jokerit SM-liiga 53 3 7 10 107 3 0 0 0 2
1999–2000 Jokerit SM-liiga 53 8 8 16 79 11 0 3 3 6
2000–01 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 36 3 8 11 26
2000–01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 28 1 1 2 22
2001–02 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 39 10 9 19 25 3 1 1 2 2
2001–02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Jokerit SM-liiga 48 6 11 17 42 1 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 47 4 14 18 74 10 4 1 5 20
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 45 4 9 13 78 14 0 0 0 41
2005–06 Frölunda HC SEL 49 1 4 5 60 17 0 1 1 10
2006–07 Frölunda HC SEL 48 3 11 14 110
2007–08 Frölunda HC SEL 54 1 4 5 79 7 1 1 2 35
2008–09 HC Lada Togliatti KHL 27 0 2 2 30 - - - - -
2008–09 Leksands IF HockeyAllsvenskan 8 0 0 0 22 - - - - -
2009–10 Jokerit SM-liiga 51 1 8 9 74 3 0 0 0 14
2010–11 Jokerit SM-liiga 38 1 2 3 78 - - - - -
2011–12 Jokerit SM-liiga 43 1 7 8 52 8 2 0 0 2
2012–13 Jokerit SM-liiga 39 2 7 9 36 6 0 0 0 29
2013–14 Jokerit SM-liiga 32 2 4 6 31 - - - - -
FIN totals 453 26 71 97 614 50 2 6 8 45
AHL totals 75 13 17 30 51 3 1 1 2 2
NHL totals 29 1 1 2 22
SEL totals 243 13 42 55 401 48 5 3 8 106

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