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Toni Petteri Lydman (born 25 September 1977) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey defenceman. He first played competitively in his native Finland with Tappara, and HIFK of the SM-liiga before enjoying a lengthy career in the National Hockey League with the Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres and the Anaheim Ducks.

Toni Lydman
Born (1977-09-25) 25 September 1977 (age 41)
Lahti, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Tappara
HIFK
Calgary Flames
Buffalo Sabres
Anaheim Ducks
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 89th overall, 1996
Calgary Flames
Playing career 1996–2013

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Playing careerEdit

Lydman was drafted by Calgary in the fourth round, 89th overall at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He spent four seasons playing in Finland's SM-liiga for Tappara in Tampere and HIFK in Helsinki before making his NHL debut for the Flames in the 2000–01 NHL season.

His best season came in 2001-02, when he scored 28 points on 6 goals and 22 assists, tying for fifth for his team in assists and sixth in points scoring. In the 2002–03 NHL season, Lydman led his defense in points with 26 and managed to remain injury-free the whole season, only missing one game due to illness. Calgary made it to the Stanley Cup finals in the 2003–04 NHL season, but Lydman missed most of their playoff campaign due to injury. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, which wiped out the entire 2004–05 NHL season, Lydman returned to Helsinki for HIFK but only managed to play eight games.

On 25 August 2005, Lydman was traded from Calgary to the Buffalo Sabres for a third-round draft pick (John Armstrong) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft,

In the 2007-08 season, Lydman had the 16th most hits in the league for a defenceman.

Having lost the Olympic final (2006), World Championship final (1998, 1999), World Cup final (2004) and Stanley Cup final (2004), Lydman and his fellow countrymen Jarkko Ruutu and Sami Salo (Kimmo Timonen also belonged to the club before winning the Stanley Cup at the end of his career(2015)), are the only members of the unofficial "Quadruple Silver Club", a somewhat humorous reference to the Triple Gold Club and the unofficial "Quadruple Gold Club" for players who have won the most important championships available to the sport.

On July 1, 2010 signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Ducks for $9 million over three years.[1] His Ducks debut was delayed until mid-October because of problems with double vision.

After completion of the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, in which he finished the season heavily concussed from a Justin Abdelkader hit in a playoff series loss to the Detroit Red Wings, Lydman retired from professional hockey and accepted a TV analyst role to cover Finnish Hockey.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Reipas Lahti FIN U18 9 7 4 11 12
1994–95 Reipas Lahti FIN II Jr 26 6 4 10 10
1995–96 Reipas Lahti FIN II Jr 8 2 2 4 6
1995–96 Reipas Lahti FIN II 39 5 2 7 30 3 0 1 1 0
1996–97 Tappara SM-l 49 1 2 3 65 3 0 0 0 6
1997–98 Tappara SM-l 48 4 10 14 48 4 0 2 2 0
1998–99 HIFK SM-l 42 4 7 11 36 11 0 3 3 2
1999–2000 HIFK SM-l 46 4 18 22 36 9 0 4 4 6
2000–01 Calgary Flames NHL 62 3 16 19 30
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 79 6 22 28 52
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 81 6 20 26 28
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 67 4 16 20 30 6 0 1 1 2
2004–05 HIFK SM-l 8 1 2 3 2 5 0 3 3 0
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 1 16 17 82 18 1 4 5 18
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 2 17 19 55 16 2 2 4 14
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 4 22 26 74
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 3 20 23 70
2009–10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 4 16 20 30 6 0 1 1 6
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 78 3 22 25 42 6 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 74 0 13 13 46
2012–13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 35 0 6 6 12 3 0 0 0 0
SM-l totals 193 14 39 53 187 32 0 12 12 14
NHL totals 847 36 206 242 551 55 3 8 11 42

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Finland EJC18   5 2 3 5 2
1996 Finland WJC 6th 6 0 2 2 6
1997 Finland WJC 5th 6 2 0 2 6
1998 Finland WC   10 0 1 1 31
1999 Finland WC   10 0 0 0 4
2000 Finland WC   9 1 0 1 12
2002 Finland WC 4th 9 1 1 2 0
2003 Finland WC 5th 7 2 1 3 6
2004 Finland WCH   6 0 3 3 6
2006 Finland OG   8 1 0 1 10
2010 Finland OG   6 0 0 0 2
Junior totals 17 4 5 9 14
Senior totals 65 5 6 11 71

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ducks sign Lydman to 3-year deal". Anaheim Ducks. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2010-07-01. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Lydman to replace Niittimayki on channel four's hockey team". iltasanomat.fi. 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2013-08-30. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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