Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kimmo Timonen
Born in Kuppio, Finland, Kimmo Timonen spent several years with his hometown Kalpa club and TPS Turku before making his NHL debut in 1998. He was originally drafted 250th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 1993 but opted to stay home. In 1998 he helped his country win the bronze medal at the Nagano Olympics. A few months later he was traded to the expansion Nashville Predators.

In 1998-99 Timonen adjusted well to the NHL and helped the Preds remain fairly competitive. The next year he recorded 33 points and was used in a number of different situations. During the 2000-01, the clever rearguard helped Nashville improve to 80 points and scored 12 goals, including six on the powerplay. An offensively gifted defenceman, Timonen improved his offensive totals to 42 points in 2001-02 and 40 points in 2002-03 despite missing 12 games due to injury.

With five seasons under his belt, Timonen established a career high in points (12-32-44) during the 2003-04 season and helped lead the Preds' to their first playoff appearance in franchise history. He helped a surging Preds' club for another two seasons while setting new career highs in assists (42) and points (55) during the 2006-07 season. However, under new ownership the Predators opted to trade Timonen to the Philadelphia Flyers in the summer of 2007.

Over the course of seven seasons with the Flyers, Timonen would suit up in 519 games and record 270 points. A mainstay on the back end, Timonen helped the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final in 2010, appearing in all 23 post-season games.

In the summer of 2014 Timonen was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs as well as in his right leg. The serious nature of the situation caused the veteran defenceman to miss the first the first 62 games of the 2014-15 season. Late in the season, with his health improving and the trade deadline looming, Timonen was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on February 27, 2015. The move proved to be a fortuitous one for Timonen. He saw action in 16 regular-season games as well as 18 post-season contests, helping the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup championship. Timonen had earlier announced his intention to retire at season's end and during the on-ice Stanley Cup celebration he was the first player handed the Cup by captain Jonathan Toews.

Aside his appearance at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, the Kuppio native represented his homeland on numerous occasions, including; three times at the World Junior Championships, seven times at the World Championships, three Olympic games and two appearances in the World Cup of Hockey.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 KalPa Kuopio Jr. Fin-Jr. 4 0 1 1 2
1991-92 KalPa Kuopio Jr. Fin-Jr. 32 7 10 17 4
1991-92 KalPa Kuopio Finland 5 0 0 0 0
1992-93 KalPa Kuopio U18 Fin-U18 3 0 5 5 0
1992-93 KalPa Kuopio Jr. Fin-Jr. 16 9 15 24 10
1992-93 KalPa Kuopio Finland 33 0 2 2 4
1992-93 Finland WJC-A 7 2 0 2 6
1992-93 Finland EJC-A 6 2 2 4 2
1993-94 KalPa Kuopio Jr. Fin-Jr. 5 4 7 11 0
1993-94 KalPa Kuopio Finland 46 6 7 13 55
1993-94 Finland WJC-A 7 3 3 6 4
1994-95 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 0 0 0 0
1994-95 TPS Turku Finland 45 3 4 7 10 13 0 1 1 6
1994-95 Finland WJC-A 7 2 6 8 4
1995-96 TPS Turku Finland 48 3 21 24 22 9 1 2 3 12
1995-96 Finland WC-A 6 0 1 1 0
1996-97 Finland W-Cup
1996-97 TPS Turku Finland 50 10 14 24 18 12 2 7 9 6
1996-97 TPS Turku EuroHL 6 1 0 1 27 4 0 1 1 0
1997-98 HIFK Helsinki Finland 45 10 15 25 24 9 3 4 7 8
1997-98 Finland Olympics 6 0 1 1 2
1997-98 Finland WC-A 10 2 6 8 4
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 50 4 8 12 30 -4
1998-99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 29 2 13 15 22 0
1998-99 Finland WC-A 10 1 4 5 6
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 51 8 25 33 26 -5
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 82 12 13 25 50 -6
2000-01 Finland WC-A 9 2 2 4 10 +7
2001-02 Nashville Predators NHL 82 13 29 42 28 +2
2001-02 Finland Olympics 4 0 1 1 2 -1
2001-02 Finland WC-A 9 1 2 3 8 -3
2002-03 Nashville Predators NHL 72 6 34 40 46 -3
2002-03 Finland WC-A 7 2 5 7 2 +1
2003-04 Nashville Predators NHL 77 12 32 44 52 -7 6 0 0 0 10
2004-05 Finland W-Cup 6 1 5 6 2
2004-05 HC Lugano Swiss 3 0 1 1 0
2004-05 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 10 5 3 8 8
2004-05 KalPa Kuopio Finland-2 12 4 13 17 6 8 3 7 10 4
2004-05 Finland WC-A 6 2 1 3 6 -1
2005-06 Nashville Predators NHL 79 11 39 50 74 -3 5 1 3 4 4
2005-06 Finland Olympics 8 1 4 5 2 +2
2006-07 Nashville Predators NHL 80 13 42 55 42 +20 5 0 2 2 4
2007-08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 8 36 44 50 0 13 0 6 6 8
2008-09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 3 40 43 54 +19 6 0 1 1 12
2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 6 33 39 50 -2 23 1 10 11 20
2009-10 Finland Olympics 6 2 2 4 2 +2
2010-11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 6 31 37 36 +11 11 1 5 6 14
2011-12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 4 39 43 46 +8 11 1 3 4 23
2012-13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 45 5 24 29 36 +3
2013-14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 6 29 35 32 +5 7 0 1 1 4
2013-14 Finland Olympics 6 0 2 2 2 +4
2014-15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 16 0 0 0 2 -3 18 0 0 0 10
NHL Totals 1108 117 454 571 654 105 4 31 35 109


Olympic All-Star Team (2006) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2004, 2007, 2008, 2012) Traded to Nashville by Los Angeles with Jan Vopat for future considerations, June 26, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Lugano (Swiss), October 31, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Gavle (Sweden), November 8, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Kuopio (Finland-2), January 3, 2005. Traded to Philadelphia by Nashville with Scott Hartnell for Nashville's 1st round pick (previously acquired, Nashville selected Jonathon Blum) in 2007 NHL Draft, June 18, 2007. Traded to Chicago by Philadelphia for Chicago's 2nd round pick (later traded to Toronto - Toronto selected Jeremy Bracco) in 2015 NHL Draft and Chicago's 2nd round pick (Wade Allison) in 2016 NHL Draft, February 27, 2015. Missed majority of 2014-15 due to blood clots in right leg and both lungs. Officially announced his retirement, June 16, 2015.
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