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Kimmo Samuel Timonen (born 18 March 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 games 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] He won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015.

Kimmo Timonen
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Born (1975-03-18) 18 March 1975 (age 44)
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

Playing careerEdit

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.

With the Nashville PredatorsEdit

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 3 October 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.

With the Philadelphia FlyersEdit

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 8 May, 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 5 March 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 1 March 2012, against the New York Islanders. He played his 1,000th NHL game on 18 March 2013, his 37th birthday.

Blood clots and Stanley Cup victory with the Chicago BlackhawksEdit

In preparation for the 2014–15 season, on 5 August 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 27 February 2015. He left the Flyers organization as the third most productive defenseman in franchise history, with 270 points in 519 games.[9] On 21 March 2015, he played in his 1,100th NHL game.[10]

On 5 March, Timonen announced his intent to retire from professional hockey after the 2014–15 season. On 15 June, 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]

In February 2016, President Barack Obama received the winning Blackhawks team in the White House. During his speech, he unexpectedly gave Timonen a laudation:[13][14]

Timonen commented on this to the Finnish state broadcasting company YLE:[13]

Personal lifeEdit

Kimmo is married to Johanna Timonen and has 3 children.[15] Kimmo announced his retirement after winning the Stanley Cup in 2015 with the Blackhawks. Timonen owns several restaurants and nightclubs in his hometown of Kuopio.[16]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    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
SM-l totals 272 32 63 95 133 43 6 14 20 39
NHL totals 1108 117 454 571 654 105 4 31 35 109

InternationalEdit

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing   Finland
Winter Olympics
  2006 Turin
  1998 Nagano
  2010 Vancouver
  2014 Sochi
World Cup
  2004 Toronto
World Championships
  1998 Switzerland
  1999 Norway
  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   6 0 1 1 2
1998 Finland WC   10 2 6 8 4
1999 Finland WC   10 1 4 5 6
2001 Finland WC   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   6 1 5 6 2
2005 Finland WC 7th 6 2 1 3 6
2006 Finland OG   8 1 4 5 2
2010 Finland OG   6 2 2 4 2
2014 Finland OG   6 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 31 9 11 20 16
Senior totals 93 14 36 50 46

AwardsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Elite Prospects". Elite Prospects. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Preds name Timonen captain, send Radulov to AHL". ESPN. 3 October 2006. Retrieved 5 October 2007. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Flyers acquire, sign Hartnell and Timonen". The Sports Network. 22 May 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2007. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Flyers trade Jussi Timonen to Dallas". Philadelphia Flyers. 22 October 2007. Archived from the original on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Timonen Out with Blood Clot". Philadelphia Flyers. 8 May 2008. Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2009. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "2010 Shorthanded goals". hockeyreference.com. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  7. ^ "NHL 2011 Skaters". hockeyreference.com. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Flyers' Timonen has blood clots, team signs Del Zotto". USA Today. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Flyers trade Kimmo Timonen to Blackhawks". CSN Philly. 27 February 2015. Archived from the original on 28 February 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  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. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  12. ^ Leahy, Sean (16 June 2015). "Kimmo Timonen ends 17-year NHL career as a Stanley Cup champion". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  13. ^ a b YLE Urheiluruutu, 19 February 2016.
  14. ^ Obama talks to the Blackhawks in 2016
  15. ^ "2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers media guide" (PDF). Philadelphia Flyers. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  16. ^ Smith, Lance (17 January 2017). "15 Recent Stanley Cup Winners That Are Out Of The League: Where Are They Now?". thesportster.com. Retrieved 14 June 2018. Along with being a family man, Kimmo owns several restaurants and nightclubs in his homeland.

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