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Janne Henrik Niinimaa (born May 22, 1975) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey player. He played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Dallas Stars, and Montreal Canadiens. He also played in the Finnish SM-liiga, Swedish Elitserien, Swiss National League A, and Swedish Allsvenskan.

Janne Niinimaa
Janne Niinimaa 2016.jpg
Born (1975-05-22) May 22, 1975 (age 44)
Raahe, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Philadelphia Flyers
Edmonton Oilers
New York Islanders
Dallas Stars
Montreal Canadiens
SM-liiga
Jokerit
Kärpät
Elitserien
Malmö IF
HV71
Luleå HF
NLA
HC Davos
SCL Tigers
Rapperswil-Jona Lakers
Allsvenskan
Asplöven HC
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 36th overall, 1993
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1993–2013

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Playing careerEdit

Niinimaa was selected in the second round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, 36th overall, by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Following three seasons playing with Jokerit in Helsinki, Finland, Niinimaa made his debut with the Flyers in the 1996–97 NHL season, posting 44 points and a +12 rating, and being named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.

The following season Niinimaa was traded to the Edmonton Oilers, where he spent parts of six seasons. He earned himself an All-Star appearance in the 2000–01 NHL regular season. He was traded to the New York Islanders in 2003 and then was traded to the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens. During the NHL lockout, Niinimaa returned to play in his native Finland. Niinimaa has twice represented Finland at the Winter Olympics, winning a bronze medal in 1998,[1] and was on the national team when Finland won its first World Championship gold medal.

Niinimaa retired on February 10, 2014.[2]

TransactionsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Kärpät FIN Jr 3 0 0 0 4
1991–92 Kärpät FIN II 41 2 11 13 49 4 0 0 0 0
1992–93 Kärpät FIN Jr 10 3 9 12 16
1992–93 Kärpät FIN II 29 2 3 5 14
1992–93 KKP FIN III 1 0 2 2 2
1993–94 Jokerit FIN Jr 10 2 6 8 41
1993–94 Jokerit Liiga 45 3 8 11 24 12 1 1 2 4
1994–95 Jokerit FIN Jr 3 1 2 3 8
1994–95 Jokerit Liiga 42 7 10 17 36 10 1 4 5 35
1995–96 Jokerit FIN Jr 2 3 4 7 6
1995–96 Jokerit Liiga 49 5 15 20 79 11 0 2 2 12
1996–97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 4 40 44 58 19 1 12 13 16
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 66 3 31 34 56
1997–98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 11 1 8 9 6 11 1 1 2 12
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 4 24 28 88 4 0 0 0 2
1999–2000 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 8 25 33 89 5 0 2 2 2
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 12 34 46 90 6 0 2 2 6
2001–02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 5 39 44 80
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 63 4 24 28 66
2002–03 New York Islanders NHL 13 1 5 6 14 5 0 1 1 12
2003–04 New York Islanders NHL 82 9 19 28 64 5 1 2 3 2
2004–05 Malmö Redhawks SEL 10 0 3 3 34
2004–05 Kärpät Liiga 26 3 10 13 30 12 0 5 5 8
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 41 1 9 10 62
2005–06 Dallas Stars NHL 22 2 4 6 24 4 0 1 1 8
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 0 3 3 36
2007–08 HC Davos NLA 48 9 28 37 127
2008–09 SC Langnau NLA 20 8 10 18 20
2009–10 HV71 SEL 43 4 13 17 24
2010–11 Luleå HF SEL 48 9 21 30 44 11 1 5 6 12
2011–12 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers NLA 20 0 3 3 26
2012–13 Asplöven HC SWE II 7 1 3 4 10
Liiga totals 162 18 43 61 169 45 2 12 14 59
NHL totals 741 54 265 319 733 59 3 21 24 60
SEL totals 101 13 41 54 102

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1992 Finland EJC 6 4 3 7 8
1992 Finland WJC 5 0 0 0 2
1993 Finland EJC 6 1 1 2 20
1994 Finland WJC 7 0 0 0 10
1995 Finland WC 8 1 2 3 10
1995 Finland WJC 7 2 3 5 6
1996 Finland WC 5 1 0 1 10
1996 Finland WCH 2 0 0 0 2
1998 Finland OG 6 0 3 3 8
2000 Finland WC 9 2 1 3 8
2002 Finland OG 4 0 3 3 2
2002 Finland WC 9 0 4 4 8
2003 Finland WC 7 1 2 3 12
2004 Finland WCH 3 0 0 0 0
2004 Finland WC 7 0 5 5 2
2009 Finland WC 6 0 1 1 16
Junior totals 31 7 7 14 46
Senior totals 66 5 21 26 78

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Janne Niinimaa Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Former NHL defenseman Janne Niinimaa retires". NHL.com. February 10, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2014.

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