Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Toni Lydman
Toni Lydman was born September 25, 1977 in Lahti, Finland. The fifth choice, 89th overall selection of the Calgary Flames in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, Lydman played in the Finnish Junior and Senior Leagues before making his North American debut in 2000-01.

A two-way blueliner who can join the rush, Lydman played five seasons in the Finnish League with Reipas Lahti, Tappara and HIFK Helsinki and was a two-time member of Finland's World Junior team (1996-1997) and a six-time member of its World Championship team in (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003).

In his rookie season with the Flames in 2000-01, Lydman registered 19 points (3-16-19) in 62 games before leading all Calgary defenceman in scoring the next two seasons. Although he battled injuries in 2003-04, Lydman was a key contributor when counted upon, in the club's run to the 2004 Stanley Cup final against the eventual Cup champions from Tampa Bay.

Once the NHL season came to a close, Lydman was named to Finland's 2004 World Cup Team and once the 2004-05 season was cancelled he opted to suit up for HIFK Helsinki.

In the Summer of 2005, Lydman was acquired by the Buffalo Sabres and would become a regular in the team's line-up. In 2006, Lydman represented his homeland at the 2006 Olympics earning a Silver Medal.

In Buffalo, Lyman's consistent defensive zone play and hard-hitting style made him a mainstay on the Sabres' blueline. In 2009-10 he was again chosen to represent Finland in international play, this time at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

On July 1, 2010, the defender left Buffalo for the west coast, signing with the Anaheim Ducks.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1993-94 Kiekko-Reipas Lahti U18 Fin-U18 9 3 1 4 4
1993-94 Kiekko-Reipas Lahti Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 0 0 0 0
1994-95 Kiekko-Reipas Lahti U18 Fin-U18 9 7 4 11 12
1994-95 Kiekko-Reipas Lahti Jr. Fin-Jr. 26 6 4 10 10
1994-95 Finland EJC-A 5 2 3 5 2
1995-96 Reipas Lahti Jr. Fin-Jr. 9 2 2 4 6
1995-96 Reipas Lahti Finland-2 39 5 2 7 30 3 0 1 1 0
1995-96 Finland WJC-A 6 0 2 2 6
1996-97 Tappara Tampere Finland 49 1 2 3 65 3 0 0 0 6
1996-97 Finland WJC-A 6 2 0 2 6
1997-98 Tappara Tampere Finland 48 4 10 14 48 4 0 2 2 0
1997-98 Finland WC-A 10 0 1 1 31
1998-99 HIFK Helsinki Finland 42 4 7 11 36 11 0 3 3 2
1998-99 HIFK Helsinki EuroHL 6 0 2 2 29 4 1
1998-99 Finland WC-A 8 0 0 0 4
1999-00 HIFK Helsinki Finland 46 4 18 22 36 9 0 4 4 6
1999-00 Finland WC-A 9 1 0 1 12 +2
2000-01 Calgary Flames NHL 62 3 16 19 30 -7
2001-02 Calgary Flames NHL 79 6 22 28 52 -8
2001-02 Finland WC-A 9 1 1 2 10 0
2002-03 Calgary Flames NHL 81 6 20 26 28 -7
2002-03 Finland WC-A 7 2 1 3 6 +6
2003-04 Calgary Flames NHL 67 4 16 20 30 +6 6 0 1 1 2
2004-05 Finland W-Cup 6 0 3 3 6
2004-05 HIFK Helsinki Finland 8 1 2 3 2 5 0 3 3 0
2005-06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 1 16 17 82 +9 18 1 4 5 18
2005-06 Finland Olympics 8 1 0 1 10 +4
2006-07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 2 17 19 55 +10 16 2 2 4 14
2007-08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 4 22 26 74 +1
2008-09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 3 20 23 70 0
2009-10 Buffalo Sabres NHL 67 4 16 20 30 +10 6 0 1 1 6
2009-10 Finland Olympics 6 0 0 0 2 +1
2010-11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 78 3 22 25 42 +32 6 0 0 0 2
2011-12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 74 0 13 13 46 0
2012-13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 35 0 6 6 12 -1 3 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 847 36 206 242 551 55 3 8 11 42


Signed as a free agent by HIFK Helsinki (Finland), January 31, 2005. Traded to Buffalo by Calgary for Buffalo's 3rd round pick (John Armstrong) in 2006 NHL Draft, August 25, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 1, 2010. Officially announced his retirement, August 29, 2013.
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