Kimmo Timonen

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Kimmo Timonen
Kimmo Timonen cropped.jpg
Born (1975-03-18) March 18, 1975 (age 40)
Kuopio, Finland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Liiga
KalPa
TPS
NLA
HC Lugano
SHL
Brynäs IF
NHL
Nashville Predators
Philadelphia Flyers
Chicago Blackhawks
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 250th overall, 1993
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1991–2015

Kimmo Samuel Timonen (born March 18, 1975) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey defenseman who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers, and Chicago Blackhawks. Timonen had played in over 1,100 NHL matches before retiring. During his career, Timonen had also featured in three IIHF World Junior Championships, seven IIHF World Championships, two World Cups and five Olympic tournaments.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Timonen was the youngest player to play for Finland at the 1993 IIHF World Junior Championships at the age of 17. He recorded the second-highest shot total in the tournament with 44.

Timonen was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the tenth round, 250th overall, of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. After the draft, he continued to play in his native Finland for several years, first for KalPa and then later for TPS. In 1998, Timonen played on the bronze medal-winning Finnish Olympic team in Nagano. Shortly after the Olympics, the Kings traded him, along with Jan Vopat, to the Nashville Predators organization (the team not yet having begun play) in agreement that Nashville would not select Garry Galley in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft.

Timonen spent his first eight NHL seasons with the Predators.

During the 1998–99 season, Timonen split time between Nashville and their IHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. The following year, he was promoted to a full-time NHL player. He played the next four seasons for the Predators, steadily improving his offensive output, until the 2004–05 NHL lockout. During the lockout, Timonen played for his hometown team, KalPa, which he partly owns with former Flyers teammate Sami Kapanen. Timonen also persuaded his teammate Adam Hall to play for KalPa for the duration of the lockout.

Timonen represented Finland at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and led his team in scoring with six points, the fifth-highest total overall in the tournament.

On October 3, 2006, Timonen was named the captain of the Nashville Predators for the 2006–07 season.[2] That season proved to be a career year for Timonen, as he registered career highs in both assists and total points.

Following the 2006–07 season, Timonen was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Shortly after, he signed a six-year, $37.8 million contract extension with them, a deal which made him the highest paid Finn in the NHL.[3] At the time, Timonen's younger brother Jussi Timonen was playing for the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. However, Jussi was subsequently traded to the Dallas Stars early in the 2007–08 season.[4]

Timonen with the Flyers in 2010.

The Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 4–3 and the Montreal Canadiens 4–1 in the first two rounds of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs. During Game 4 of the Flyers' series with Montreal, Timonen was hit by a wrist shot on his foot by Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov. Timonen felt numbness in his foot as the week progressed, though believed it to be nothing but a twisted nerve. After an MRI failed to reveal any injury, Timonen had the foot examined at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where, on May 8, the doctor found a small blood clot in his foot. He was sidelined indefinitely and missed the first four games of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Timonen returned for Game 5, but the Flyers eventually lost the game and their playoff run came to an end.[5]

In the 2009–10 regular season, Timonen led all NHL defensemen in shorthanded goals scored, with two.[6] That year, Timonen would play in his first ever Stanley Cup Final, though the Flyers would lose to the Chicago Blackhawks in a six game series.

Timonen scored his 100th career goal on March 5, 2011, against the Buffalo Sabres. He ended the season in a tie with Marc Staal for most shorthanded goals among defensemen, with two.[7]

Timonen recorded his 500th career point with an assist on March 1, 2012, against the New York Islanders. He played his 1,000th NHL game on March 18, 2013, his 37th birthday.

In preparation for the 2014–15 season, on August 5, 2014, Timonen was diagnosed with blood clots in both of his lungs as well as in his right leg.[8] The serious nature of injury ruled Timonen out indefinitely with the Flyers. Approaching the NHL trade deadline, and returning to health after missing the first 62 games of the season, Timonen was traded by the Flyers to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick and 2016 conditional fourth-round pick on February 27, 2015. He left the Flyers organization as the third most productive defenseman in franchise history, with 270 points in 519 games.[9] On March 21, 2015, he played in his 1,100th NHL game. [10]

On March 5, Timonen announced his intent to retire from professional hockey after the 2014-15 season. On June 15, Timonen won his first Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in the final game of his 20-year career.[11] During the celebration, Timonen was the first player to receive the Stanley Cup following captain Jonathan Toews. Timonen reflected on his career stating, “I was dreaming about this moment for a long time, and it’s right here. This game has given me so much, and I’m relieved, happy, ready to leave this game, and I’m leaving this game as a Stanley Cup champion.”[12]

Personal life[edit]

Kimmo is married to Johanna Timonen and has three children — son Samuel and daughters Elle Amelie and Ava Fiona.[13] Kimmo announced his retirement after winning the Stanley Cup in 2015 with the Blackhawks. Timonen owns several successful restaurants and nightclubs in his hometown of Kuopio.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 KalPa SM-l 5 0 0 0 0
1992–93 KalPa SM-l 33 0 2 2 4
1993–94 KalPa SM-l 46 6 7 13 55
1994–95 TPS SM-l 45 3 4 7 10 13 0 1 1 11
1995–96 TPS SM-l 48 3 21 24 22 9 1 2 3 12
1996–97 TPS SM-l 50 10 14 24 18 12 2 7 9 8
1997–98 HIFK SM-l 45 10 15 25 24 9 3 4 7 8
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 50 4 8 12 30
1998–99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 29 2 13 15 22
1999–2000 Nashville Predators NHL 51 8 25 33 26
2000–01 Nashville Predators NHL 82 12 13 25 50
2001–02 Nashville Predators NHL 82 13 29 42 28
2002–03 Nashville Predators NHL 72 6 34 40 46
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 77 12 32 44 52 6 0 0 0 10
2004–05 HC Lugano NLA 3 0 1 1 0
2004–05 Brynäs IF SHL 10 5 3 8 8
2004–05 KalPa Mestis 12 4 13 17 6 8 3 7 10 4
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 79 11 39 50 74 5 1 3 4 4
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 80 13 42 55 42 5 0 2 2 4
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 8 36 44 50 13 0 6 6 8
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 3 40 43 54 6 0 1 1 12
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 6 33 39 50 23 1 10 11 20
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 6 31 37 36 11 1 5 6 14
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 4 39 43 46 11 1 3 4 23
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 45 5 24 29 36
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 6 29 35 32 7 0 1 1 4
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 16 0 0 0 2 18 0 0 0 10
NHL totals 1108 117 454 571 654 105 4 31 35 109

International[edit]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for  Finland
Winter Olympics
Bronze medal – third place 1998 Nagano
Silver medal – second place 2006 Turin
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Vancouver
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1998 Switzerland
Silver medal – second place 1999 Norway
Silver medal – second place 2001 Germany
Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1992 Finland EJC 5th 4 0 0 0 0
1993 Finland EJC 4th 6 2 2 4 2
1993 Finland WJC 5th 7 2 0 2 6
1994 Finland WJC 4th 7 3 3 6 4
1995 Finland WJC 4th 7 2 6 8 4
1996 Finland WC 5th 6 0 1 1 0
1998 Finland OG 3rd 6 0 1 1 2
1998 Finland WC 2nd 10 2 6 8 4
1999 Finland WC 2nd 10 1 4 5 6
2001 Finland WC 2nd 9 2 2 4 10
2002 Finland OG 6th 4 0 1 1 2
2002 Finland WC 4th 9 1 2 3 8
2003 Finland WC 5th 7 2 5 7 2
2004 Finland WCH 2nd 6 1 5 6 2
2005 Finland WC 7th 6 2 1 3 6
2006 Finland OG 2nd 8 1 4 5 2
2010 Finland OG 3rd 6 2 2 4 2
2014 Finland OG 3rd 6 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 31 9 11 20 16
Senior totals 93 14 36 50 46

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elite Prospects". Elite Prospects. 2015-06-17. Retrieved 2015-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Preds name Timonen captain, send Radulov to AHL". ESPN. 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2007-10-05. 
  3. ^ "Flyers acquire, sign Hartnell and Timonen". The Sports Network. 2007-05-22. Retrieved 2007-06-23. 
  4. ^ "Flyers trade Jussi Timonen to Dallas". Philadelphia Flyers. 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  5. ^ "Timonen Out with Blood Clot". Philadelphia Flyers. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  6. ^ "2010 Shorthanded goals". hockeyreference.com. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  7. ^ "NHL 2011 Skaters". hockeyreference.com. 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  8. ^ "Flyers' Timonen has blood clots, team signs Del Zotto". USA Today. 2014-08-05. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  9. ^ "Flyers trade Kimmo Timonen to Blackhawks". CSN Philly. 2015-02-27. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  10. ^ Mark Lazerus (21 March 2015). "Kimmo Timonen on playing 1,100 games: 'Usually means you're old'". Chicago Suntimes. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Kimmo Timonen retires from NHL". CBC Sports. 2015-06-15. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  12. ^ Leahy, Sean (2015-06-16). "Kimmo Timonen ends 17-year NHL career as a Stanley Cup champion". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  13. ^ "2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers media guide" (PDF). Philadelphia Flyers. 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 

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Preceded by
Petri Varis
Winner of the Matti Keinonen trophy
1996–97
Succeeded by
Olli Jokinen
Preceded by
Greg Johnson
Nashville Predators captain
2006–07
Succeeded by
Jason Arnott