Sami Hannu Antero Kapanen (born 14 June 1973) is a Finnish professional ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of HC Lugano in the National League (NL). He played 12 NHL seasons for the Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers. He is the majority owner of KalPa in the Finnish league. Kapanen's son, Kasperi Kapanen, is a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
14 June 1973|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)|
87th overall, 1995|
Kapanen was drafted 87th overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Hartford Whalers. His first NHL season was in 1995–96, when he played 35 games with Hartford. The Whalers relocated to become the Carolina Hurricanes following the 1996–97 season and Kapanen averaged 24 goals and 35 assists in his next five seasons with Carolina. His best season was in 2001–02 when he scored 27 goals and 42 assists for 69 points. He was selected twice for the NHL All Star Game (2000, 2002), winning the Individual event for "the Fastest skater" on both occasions.
On 7 February 2003, Kapanen was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers along with Ryan Bast for Pavel Brendl and Bruno St. Jacques. In his first two seasons with Philadelphia, Kapanen played 31 playoff games, scoring 17 points.
Kapanen has played three times for Finland at the Winter Olympics. In 18 Olympic games he scored 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points. In the NHL, Kapanen has played 831 regular season games, scoring 189 goals and 269 assists for 458 points. He has also played in 87 playoff games, scoring 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points. Kapanen also won a gold medal at the 1995 Ice Hockey World Championships.
Since 2003, Kapanen has also been the majority owner of the Finnish hockey team KalPa Kuopio, the same club that gave him his start as a professional. One of the minority owners is Kimmo Timonen who in 2007 became Kapanen's teammate on the Flyers. Following the 2007–08 season, Kapanen announced that he was retiring from the NHL and he would be returning to Finland to play for KalPa. He retired as a player after the 2009–10 season.
On 7 April 2011, Kapanen announced that he would be doing a comeback as a player in KalPa, playing on a two-year contract. He, however, stepped down as the club's chief executive officer (CEO) and instead handed that role over to his brother Kimmo Kapanen.
- Bronze Medal at the Winter Olympics in 1994.
- Named to the SM-liiga First All-Star Team in 1994.
- Gold Medal at the World Championships 1995.
- Bronze Medal at the Winter Olympics in 1998.
- Played in the NHL All-Star Game in 2000.
- Played in the NHL All-Star Game in 2002.
- Awarded the Yanick Dupre Memorial in 2004.
- Awarded the Gene Hart Memorial Award in 2007.
- Tied a record for scoring two consecutive overtime goals in two consecutive games. (Subsequently broken by Andrew Cogliano)
- Two-time NHL All Star game individual event Fastest Skater winner (2000, 2002) completing a lap around an NHL rink in 13.649 resp. 14.039 seconds.
- Fastest Man on ice awarded when he completed a lap around an NHL rink in 12.7 seconds.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1993–94||HC Královopolská Brno||CZE.2||—||—||—||—||—||1||0||0||0||0|
|Men's ice hockey|
|2001 Nuremberg, Köln, Hanover||Team|
|1998 Zürich and Basel||Team|
|1995 Stockholm and Gävle||Team|
|1994 Bolzano, Canazei, Milan||Team|
- "Sami Kapanen Announces His Retirement". Philadelphia Flyers. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
- "Nyt se on totta, KalPa-ikoni Sami Kapanen palaa kaukaloon!" (in Finnish). KalPa. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
- Robert Pettersson (7 April 2011). "Sami Kapanen gör comeback" (in Swedish). Hockeysverige. Retrieved 14 September 2011.