Petteri Nummelin

Timo Petteri Nummelin (born November 25, 1972) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League for the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets. He was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets as their fifth-round pick, #133 overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Petteri Nummelin
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Born (1972-11-25) November 25, 1972 (age 49)
Turku, Finland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for TPS
Reipas
Västra Frölunda HC
Davos
Columbus Blue Jackets
Lugano
Minnesota Wild
Lukko
Storhamar
TUTO Hockey
Nikko Icebucks
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 133rd overall, 2000
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 1992–2018
Medal record
Representing  Finland
Men's ice hockey
European Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1989 Soviet Union
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1995 Sweden
Silver medal – second place 1998 Switzerland
Silver medal – second place 1999 Norway
Silver medal – second place 2001 Germany
Silver medal – second place 2007 Russia
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Russia
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Latvia
Winter Olympics
Silver medal – second place 2006 Turin

Nummelin is the son of Timo Nummelin, a Finnish ice hockey hall of famer.

Playing careerEdit

Career in FinlandEdit

Petteri Nummelin started playing ice hockey in his hometown Turku and played for a-junior team of TPS for 3 seasons after which he played for Kiekko-67 in the 1. Division. Nummelin debuted in the SM-Liiga during the 1992–93 Season which he spent playing partly for TPS and Reipas. Nummelin also played in Kiekko-67 and TPS A-Junior team during the season. After the 1992–93 season Nummelin stayed in TPS for 2 more seasons (93–95) and moved to play in Sweden after winning the world championship for Finland.

Career in SwedenEdit

After successful World Championship tournament in 1995 Nummelin attracted some international publicity and was contracted by Frölunda HC, a Swedish team playing in the Elitserien. Nummelin spent total of 2 seasons in Sweden.

Career in SwitzerlandEdit

In 1997 Nummelin joined HC Davos, one of the most successful Swiss teams to date. Nummelin played in HC Davos for 3 seasons (1997–2000) during the time Nummelin established himself as a star in Switzerland and at the end of the 1999–2000 season Nummelin received an offer from the NHL. Nummelin Played in NHL for Columbus Blue Jackets for the 2000–2001 season and returned to Switzerland and joined HC Lugano for the 2001–2002 season. Nummelin played in Lugano for 5 seasons (2001–06) and won several honors during that time, such as the overall scoring title in 2004 and the Swiss championship in 2003 and 2006. He returned to HC Lugano for the 2008-2009 season.

Career in JapanEdit

In 2017 Nummelin signed a contract with the Nikkō Ice Bucks, and plays in the Asian Ice Hockey League.[1]

Announced via the Nikkō Ice Bucks, Nummelin ended his career in Japan.[2][3]

NHL careerEdit

Nummelin first played for one season in the NHL during the 2000–2001 NHL season for the Columbus Blue Jackets. In 2006, after spending 5 seasons in Switzerland, Nummelin returned to the NHL and signed with the Minnesota Wild, partially due to the strong encouragement of Minnesota Wild teammate, fellow countryman and friend Mikko Koivu, whom he babysat as a child. Known as Nummy by fans and Petu on the ice, Nummelin enjoyed a resurgence in his NHL career in the early stages of the 2006–07 NHL season.

Although Nummelin displayed both strong offensive and defensive contributions during regulation play, many consider his strongest asset his ability to score in the overtime shootout. As of 7 December 2006, Nummelin converted six shootout goals in all six of his attempts, beating some of the NHL's best goalies including Nikolai Khabibulin, Roberto Luongo and Vezina winner Miikka Kiprusoff. Nummelin's success is credited to what Wild fans have dubbed "The Shoulder Shake," a deke in which Nummelin shifts his shoulders back and forth without actually moving the puck, forcing the goaltender to move first, Nummelin then reacts to the goalie's movement putting the puck in the net with the backhand or forehand. Nummelin's opportunity in the shootout initially came as a shock to fans and teammates when Minnesota Wild head coach Jacques Lemaire listed him third in the shootout lineup against the Vancouver Canucks on 10 October 2006, in the place normally given to Marian Gaborik (the first three shooters are often reserved for the team's best goal scorers). Nummelin's conversion was the deciding goal to end the shootout and win the game for the Wild. Nummelin is currently the all-time NHL shoot-out conversion leader for players with more than two attempts, with a rate of 80% (8 for 10).

After the 2007–08 NHL season, Nummelin's contract with the Wild expired, and at 35 years of age he signed a 3-year contract with his former Swiss team HC Lugano.[4]

International careerEdit

Nummelin debuted with the Finland national team in the 1995 Ice Hockey World Championships where Finland won their first gold medal and has since represented his country in each consecutive year except 2008 and 2011. His total tournaments played count up to 15, an all-time record for most appearances in World Championships, which he held alone until 2013 when Mathias Seger tied this record.

Awards and achievementsEdit

  • Pekka Rautakallio trophy for best defenceman in the SM-liiga - 1994
  • World record holder in Ice Hockey World Championship tournaments played (15)
  • Best defenceman of World Championship tournament 2000 and 2010
  • In World Championship all-star team 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2010

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 TPS FIN U18 9 4 10 14 12
1988–89 TPS FIN U20 11 2 3 5 2
1989–90 TPS FIN U20 21 2 7 9 20
1990–91 TPS FIN U20 35 20 16 36 28
1990–91 Kiekko-67 FIN.2 2 0 2 2 4
1991–92 Kiekko-67 FIN U20 13 16 15 31 28
1991–92 Kiekko-67 FIN.2 41 12 24 36 36
1992–93 TPS FIN U20 1 1 0 1 0
1992–93 TPS SM-l 3 0 0 0 8
1992–93 Kiekko-67 FIN.2 28 14 15 29 18
1992–93 Reipas Lahti SM-l 14 3 4 7 18
1993–94 TPS SM-l 44 14 24 38 20 11 0 3 3 4
1994–95 TPS SM-l 48 10 17 27 32 11 4 3 7 0
1995–96 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 32 7 11 18 26 12 2 7 9 4
1996–97 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 44 20 14 34 39 2 0 1 1 0
1997–98 HC Davos NDA 33 13 17 30 24 17 8 14 22 2
1998–99 HC Davos NDA 44 11 42 53 22 4 0 2 2 2
1999–2000 HC Davos NLA 40 15 23 38 20 5 0 3 3 0
2000–01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 61 4 12 16 10
2001–02 HC Lugano NLA 34 5 19 24 6 13 6 8 14 2
2002–03 HC Lugano NLA 43 18 39 57 12 8 3 7 10 2
2003–04 HC Lugano NLA 48 20 39 59 59 16 7 20 27 4
2004–05 HC Lugano NLA 36 13 36 49 18 3 1 0 1 2
2005–06 HC Lugano NLA 38 13 32 45 22 17 8 25 33 10
2006–07 Minnesota Wild NHL 51 3 17 20 22 3 1 1 2 0
2007–08 Minnesota Wild NHL 27 2 7 9 2 4 0 1 1 0
2008–09 HC Lugano NLA 41 21 41 62 16 7 4 4 8 2
2009–10 HC Lugano NLA 34 7 16 23 10 4 0 3 3 2
2010–11 HC Lugano NLA 29 3 15 18 18 1 0 1 1 0
2011–12 HC Lugano NLA 36 7 24 31 20 6 0 1 1 2
2012–13 TPS SM-l 8 3 1 4 2
2012–13 HC Lugano NLA 11 4 5 9 0
2013–14 Lukko SM-l 37 5 17 22 6 10 3 7 10 2
SM-l totals 117 30 46 76 80 22 4 6 10 4
NDA/NLA totals 468 149 343 492 247 101 37 82 119 30
NHL totals 139 9 36 45 34 7 1 2 3 0

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1990 Finland EJC 6 1 1 2 18
1992 Finland WJC 6 0 1 1 4
1995 Finland WC 5 0 0 0 6
1996 Finland WC 5 0 0 0 2
1996 Finland WCH 1 0 0 0 2
1997 Finland WC 8 0 2 2 10
1998 Finland WC 1 0 0 0 0
1999 Finland WC 10 0 0 0 4
2000 Finland WC 9 2 4 6 0
2001 Finland WC 9 1 12 13 0
2002 Finland WC 7 1 0 1 2
2003 Finland WC 7 2 2 4 4
2004 Finland WC 7 2 2 4 2
2005 Finland WC 7 0 2 2 0
2006 Finland OLY 8 0 2 2 2
2006 Finland WC 9 3 11 14 2
2007 Finland WC 7 3 5 8 4
2009 Finland WC 5 0 3 3 0
2010 Finland WC 6 1 6 7 0
Junior totals 12 1 2 3 22
Senior totals 111 15 51 66 40

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "44-vuotiaan Petteri Nummelinin ura jatkuu Japanissa - "Miksi en pelaisi?"".
  2. ^ "ヌメリン選手、ニーニマキ選手退団へ".
  3. ^ "En lång karriär är över – Petteri Nummelin sadlar om och blir tränare".
  4. ^ Lugano vahvisti Petteri Nummelinin paluun Sveitsiin - Urheilu - Ilta-Sanomat

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Preceded by Winner of the Pekka Rautakallio trophy
1993–1994
Succeeded by