Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jani Hurme
Jani Hurme earned the reputation as the best goaltender in Finland before he was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 1997. His final season in his homeland saw him play forty-eight of his club's fifty games and earn the league Most Valuable Player award for his efforts.

After he was drafted he came to North America and spent the next three seasons in the IHL adjusting to the different style of play and honing his game. During his third and final season in the IHL he proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that he was ready for the next level.

Hurme posted 29 victories for the Grand Rapids Griffins while posting a 2.18 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. The Senators rewarded him by calling him for one game and was able to record a victory in his NHL debut when he surrendered just two goals.

During the off-season the Senators let goaltender Tom Barrasso leave the club as a free agent which freed up a spot in the line up for Hurme. He spent the next two seasons serving as the back-up to Patrick Lalime and posted impressive numbers both years. During the 2001-02 campaign Hurme also headed to Salt Lake City to join Team Finland for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games before being traded to the Florida Panthers just prior to the 2002-03 season.

After only one season with the Panthers, Hurme was acquired by the Carolina Hurricanes at the Waiver Draft prior to the 2003-04 season. Unfortunately, Hurme miss the entire 2003-04 and 2004-05 lock out year recovering from a back injury and was subsequently dealt to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in the latter stages of the 2005-06 NHL season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1992-93 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 12 7 4 0 0 4.21 1 0 11.00
1993-94 Kiekko-67 Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 18 0 3.16
1993-94 Kiekko-67 Turku Finland-2 3 0 2.21
1993-94 TPS Turku Finland 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
1994-95 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 2 1 0 1 0 2.40
1994-95 Kiekko-67 Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 9 2 7 0 0 5.23
1994-95 Kiekko-67 Turku Finland-2 19 3.03 7 4 3 0 2.92
1995-96 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 13 8 5 0 1 2.63
1995-96 Kiekko-67 Turku Finland-2 16 11 3 2 1 2.42
1995-96 TPS Turku Finland 16 14 1 1 2 2.16 10 7 3 2 2.42
1996-97 Kiekko-67 Turku Finland-2 3 1 2 0 3.85
1996-97 TPS Turku Finland 48 31 11 6 6 2.08 12 6 6 0 3.24
1996-97 Finland WC-A
1997-98 Detroit Vipers IHL 6 2 2 2 0 4.13
1997-98 Indianapolis Ice IHL 29 11 11 3 1 3.30 3 1 0 0 4.62
1998-99 Detroit Vipers IHL 12 7 3 1 1 2.42
1998-99 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 26 14 9 2 0 3.40
1999-00 Ottawa Senators NHL 1 1 0 0 0 2.00
1999-00 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 52 29 15 4 4 2.18 17 10 7 1 2.16
2000-01 Ottawa Senators NHL 22 12 5 4 2 2.50
2001-02 Ottawa Senators NHL 25 12 9 1 3 2.48
2001-02 Finland Olympics 3 1 2 0 0 3.01
2002-03 Florida Panthers NHL 28 4 11 6 1 2.88
2002-03 Finland WC-A 3 2 1.50
2003-04
2004-05
2005-06 Chicago Wolves AHL 6 2 4 0 0 3.64
2005-06 Columbia Inferno ECHL 15 6 7 2 0 3.49
2005-06 Portland Pirates AHL 16 11 5 0 1 2.29
2006-07 TPS Turku Finland 48 21 16 11 3 2.51 2 0 2 0 2.03
NHL Totals 76 29 25 11 6 2.61


Finnish Elite League Rookie of the Year (1996)
Finnish Elite League Player of the Year (1997)
IHL Second All-Star Team (2000)
Traded to Florida by Ottawa for Billy Thompson and Greg Watson, October 1, 2002. Claimed by Carolina from Florida in Waiver Draft, October 3, 2003. Traded to Atlanta by Carolina for Atlanta's 4th round pick (Brett Carson) in 2004 NHL Draft, October 3, 2003.
Missed entire 2003-04 and 2004-05 due to back injury in training camp, October, 2003. Traded to Anaheim by Atlanta for Joel Stepp, March 1, 2006.
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