Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Sami Salo
A native of Turku, Sami Salo played in his hometown with the Kiekko and TPS clubs before moving up to the mighty Jokerit Helsinki team in 1997-98. Salo was taken 239th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft then played 61 games as a rookie in 1998-99. A hard-shooting defenseman, Salo registered 19 points, demonstrated poise on defence and was named to the league's all-rookie team while also suiting up for a handful of games with the IHL's Detroit Vipers.

In 1999-00, the talented rearguard scored six goals and was a useful member of the second power play unit after he recovered from a wrist injury. The next year Salo missed over half the season due to a serious shoulder injury but notched 18 points in 31 games and helped Finland capture a silver medal while at the 2001 World Championships.

Salo went on to play one more season with the Senators and was a member of Finland's Olympic Team at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks prior to the 2002-03 season. Since his arrival with the Canucks, Salo has been a key contributor on the powerplay and during his first full season with the club played in a career high 79 games and registered a career high 30 points.

After an abrupt end to their 2003-04 season, Salo went on to represent Finland at the 2004 World Championships.

In Vancouver, Salo became as well known for his booming slapshot as he was for being unlucky in the injury department. He is said to have suffered upward of 40 injuries throughout his career.

When healthy, Salo is known as one of the more stable two-way defenders in the game. He has helped out on the penalty kill and is a mainstay of the powerplay.

In the summer of 2011, Salo and the Canucks came to terms on a one-year contract that would pay the defender $2 million


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Kiekko-67 Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 23 4 5 9 26
1992-93 Kiekko-67 Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 21 9 4 13 4
1993-94 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 36 7 13 20 16 7 0 1 1 10
1994-95 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 14 1 3 4 6
1994-95 Kiekko-67 Turku Finland-2 19 4 2 6 4
1994-95 TPS Turku Finland 7 1 2 3 6 1 0 0 0 0
1995-96 TPS Turku Finland 47 7 14 21 32 11 1 3 4 8
1996-97 TPS Turku Finland 48 9 6 15 10 10 2 3 5 4
1996-97 TPS Turku EuroHL 6 0 2 2 6 2 0 0 0 2
1997-98 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 35 3 5 8 24 8 0 1 1 2
1997-98 Jokerit Helsinki EuroHL 6 1 1 2 2
1998-99 Ottawa Senators NHL 61 7 12 19 24 +20 4 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Detroit Vipers IHL 5 0 2 2 0 +1
1999-00 Ottawa Senators NHL 37 6 8 14 2 +6 6 1 1 2 0
2000-01 Ottawa Senators NHL 31 2 16 18 10 +9 4 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Finland WC-A 9 3 6 9 6 +9
2001-02 Ottawa Senators NHL 66 4 14 18 14 +1 12 2 1 3 4
2001-02 Finland Olympics 4 0 0 0 0 -1
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 9 21 30 10 +9 12 1 3 4 0
2003-04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 74 7 19 26 22 +8 7 1 2 3 2
2003-04 Finland WC-A 7 0 3 3 0 +1
2004-05 Finland W-Cup 6 0 1 1 2
2004-05 Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 41 6 8 14 18 14 1 6 7 2
2005-06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 59 10 23 33 38 +9
2005-06 Finland Olympics 6 1 3 4 0 +4
2006-07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 67 14 23 37 26 +21 10 0 1 1 4
2007-08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 63 8 17 25 38 +8
2008-09 Vancouver Canucks NHL 60 5 20 25 26 +5 7 3 4 7 2
2009-10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 68 9 19 28 18 +14 12 1 5 6 2
2009-10 Finland Olympics 6 1 1 2 4 +2
2010-11 Vancouver Canucks NHL 27 3 4 7 14 -3 21 3 2 5 2
2010-11 Manitoba Moose AHL 3 2 0 2 2 -2
2011-12 Vancouver Canucks NHL 69 9 16 25 10 +7 5 0 0 0 2
2012-13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 46 2 15 17 16 +5
2013-14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 71 4 13 17 18 +11 2 0 0 0 0
2013-14 Finland Olympics 6 0 1 1 0 +2
NHL Totals 878 99 240 339 286 102 12 19 31 18


NHL All-Rookie Team (1999) Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to wrist injury vs. Philadelphia, November 28, 1999.
Missed majority of 2000-01 due to shoulder injury vs. Atlanta, December 14, 2000. Traded to Vancouver by Ottawa for Peter Schaefer, September 21, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Frolunda (Sweden), September 24, 2004. Missed majority of 2010-11 due to torn achilles tendon during off-season training, July 22, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 1, 2012. Officially announced his retirement, August 13, 2015.
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