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Jyri Niemi (born June 15, 1990) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing for Ilves of the Finnish Liiga. Niemi was selected by the New York Islanders in the 3rd round (72nd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Jyri Niemi
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Born (1990-06-15) June 15, 1990 (age 29)
Hämeenkyrö, Finland
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
Liiga team
Former teams
Ilves Tampere
Connecticut Whale
HPK
NHL Draft 72nd overall, 2008
New York Islanders
Playing career 2010–present

Playing careerEdit

Niemi played three seasons in major junior, with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. Unable to agree to terms with the Islanders on May 5, 2010, Niemi's rights were traded by the Islanders to neighboring rivals, the New York Rangers in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick. He was immediately signed to a three-year entry-level contract to begin his professional career.[1]

On May 17, 2013, HPK of the Finnish Liiga announced they had signed Niemi to play for the 2013–14 season.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 HPK Jr. A 35 6 3 9 72
2007–08 Saskatoon Blades WHL 49 14 20 34 57
2008–09 Saskatoon Blades WHL 60 7 25 32 74 6 1 6 7 10
2009–10 Saskatoon Blades WHL 50 8 21 29 67 10 2 0 2 26
2010–11 Hartford Wolf Pack/CT Whale AHL 46 3 6 9 22
2011–12 Connecticut Whale AHL 8 0 1 1 4
2011–12 Greenville Road Warriors ECHL 52 9 12 21 82 3 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Connecticut Whale AHL 11 1 1 2 9
2012–13 Greenville Road Warriors ECHL 15 1 5 6 34 5 0 0 0 12
2013–14 HPK Liiga 23 1 8 9 32 5 0 0 0 2
2014–15 HPK Liiga 41 4 9 13 28
2015–16 Ilves Liiga 24 1 5 6 22
Liiga totals 88 6 22 28 82 5 0 0 0 2

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Finland WJC 7th 6 2 1 3 6
2010 Finland WJC 5th 6 3 2 5 6
Junior totals 12 5 3 8 12

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rangers get blueliner Niemi from Islanders". New York Rangers. May 5, 2010. Retrieved May 5, 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "HPK announces player signings". HPK. May 17, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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