Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Janne Niinimaa
Born in Raahe, Finland, Janne Niinimaa played domestically with Karpat Oulu and Jokerit in Helsinki. He represented Finland at the World Junior Championships in 1992, 1994, and 1995. He excelled at the European Junior Championships in 1993 where he was named the top defenceman and an all-star. During the 1993 NHL Entry Draft he was chosen 36th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers. The slick defender also represented his country at the 1995, 1996, 2000 and 2002 World Championships, played two games at the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996.

Niinamaa made an impressive NHL debut in 1996-97 by scoring 44 points in the regular season followed by 13 points in 19 post-season games as the Flyers reached the Stanley Cup finals. His offensive flash and poise led to him being voted on to the league's All-Rookie Team. The next year he continued to play well and competed for Finland at the 1998 Nagano Olympics. Shortly after returning from Japan, Niinimaa was traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Dan McGillis.

The fast-skating approach of Edmonton and the wide-open style of the Western Conference suited the young Finn. Niinimaa became the quarterback of the team's power-play and logged the most ice time of any defenceman on the team. He scored 33 points in 1999-00 then improved to 46 points the next year which placed him third in team scoring.

Niinimaa continued his strong play in 2001-02 notching 44 points and was a member of Finland's 2002 Winter Olympic Team before he was dealt to the New York Islanders at the March trading deadline in 2003. Upon his arrival with the Islanders, Niinimaa continued to be an offensive force from the blueline, reaching the 300-point plateau in 2003-04 and representing his homeland for the fifth and sixth times at the World Championships in 2003 and 2004.

A member of Finland's World Cup team in 2004, Niinimaa began the 2005-06 season with the Islanders but in early January was dealt to the Dallas Stars.

With the Stars Niinimaa would appear in 22 games, including his 700th career NHL game. Prior to the start of the 2006-07 season, Niinimaa would be dealt to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Mike Ribeiro.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 Karpat Oulu Jr. Fin-Jr. 7 1 1 2 4
1991-92 Karpat Oulu Jr. Fin-Jr. 3 0 0 0 4
1991-92 Karpat Oulu Finland-2 41 2 11 13 49 4 0 0 0 0
1991-92 Finland WJC-A 5 0 0 0 2
1991-92 Finland EJC-A 6 4 3 7 8
1992-93 Karpat Oulu U18 Fin-U18 6 2 5 7 6
1992-93 Karpat Oulu Jr. Fin-Jr. 10 3 9 12 16
1992-93 Karpat Oulu Finland-2 29 2 3 5 14
1992-93 KKP Kiiminki Finland-3 1 0 2 2 2
1992-93 Finland EJC-A 6 1 1 2 20
1993-94 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 10 2 6 8 41
1993-94 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 45 3 8 11 24 12 1 1 2 4
1993-94 Finland WJC-A 7 0 0 0 10
1994-95 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 6 6 3 9 39
1994-95 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 42 7 10 17 36 10 1 4 5 35
1994-95 Finland WJC-A 7 2 3 5 6
1994-95 Finland WC-A 8 1 2 3 10
1995-96 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 2 3 4 7 6
1995-96 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 49 5 15 20 79 11 0 2 2 12
1995-96 Finland WC-A 5 1 0 1 10
1996-97 Finland W-Cup 2 0 0 0 2
1996-97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 4 40 44 58 +12 19 1 12 13 16
1997-98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 66 3 31 34 56 +6
1997-98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 11 1 8 9 6 +7 11 1 1 2 12
1997-98 Finland Olympics 6 0 3 3 8
1998-99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 4 24 28 88 +7 4 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 8 25 33 89 +14 5 0 2 2 2
1999-00 Finland WC-A 9 2 1 3 8 +5
2000-01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 12 34 46 90 +6 6 0 2 2 6
2001-02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 5 39 44 80 +13
2001-02 Finland Olympics 4 0 3 3 2 -2
2001-02 Finland WC-A 9 0 4 4 8 +4
2002-03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 63 4 24 28 66 -7
2002-03 New York Islanders NHL 13 1 5 6 14 -2 5 0 1 1 12
2002-03 Finland WC-A 7 1 2 3 12 -1
2003-04 New York Islanders NHL 82 9 19 28 64 +12 5 1 2 3 2
2003-04 Finland WC-A 7 0 5 5 2 +2
2004-05 Finland W-Cup 3 0 0 0 0
2004-05 IF Malmo Redhawks Sweden 10 0 3 3 34
2004-05 Karpat Oulu Finland 26 3 10 13 30 12 0 5 5 8
2005-06 New York Islanders NHL 41 1 9 10 62 -7
2005-06 Dallas Stars NHL 22 2 4 6 24 -5 4 0 1 1 8
2006-07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 0 3 3 36 -13
2007-08 HC Davos Swiss 48 9 28 37 127 9 0 1 1 20
2008-09 SCL Tigers Langnau Swiss 20 8 8 16 20
2008-09 Finland WC-A 6 0 1 1 16 0
2009-10 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 43 4 17 21 24 16 0 3 3 8
2010-11 Lulea HF Sweden 48 9 21 30 44 11 1 5 6 12
2011-12 Rapperswil-Jona Lakers Swiss 20 0 3 3 26
NHL Totals 741 54 265 319 733 59 3 21 24 60


NHL All-Rookie Team (1997) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2001) Traded to Edmonton by Philadelphia for Dan McGillis and Edmonton's 2nd round pick (Jason Beckett) in 1998 NHL Draft, March 24, 1998. Traded to NY Islanders by Edmonton with Washington's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, NY Islanders selected Evgeni Tunik) in 2003 NHL Draft for Brad Isbister and Raffi Torres, March 11, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Malmo (Sweden), November 17, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Oulu (Finland), January 3, 2005. Traded to Dallas by NY Islanders with NY Islanders' 5th round pick (Ondrej Roman) in 2007 NHL Draft for John Erskine and Dallas' 2nd round pick (Jesse Joensuu) in 2006 NHL Draft, January 10, 2005. Traded to Montreal by Dallas with Dallas' 5th round pick (Andrew Conboy) in 2007 NHL Draft for Mike Ribeiro and Montreal's 6th round pick (Matthew Tassone) in 2008 NHL Draft, September 30, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Davos (Swiss), September 9, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Langnau (Swiss), November 25, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Jonkoping (Sweden), August 18, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Lulea (Sweden), August 1, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Rapperswil (Swiss), November 22, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Asploven (Sweden), October 22, 2012.
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