Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Antero Niittymaki
Antero Niitymaki was born June 18, 1980 in Turku, Finland. The sixth round, 168th overall selection of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Niitymaki honed his skills in the Finnish League before making his North American debut in 2002-03.

Rookie of the Year in the Finnish League in 99-2000, Niittymaki helped TPS Turku capture the 2000 league title and represented his homeland at the 1999 World Junior Championships. During his first professional season in North America in 2002-03, Niittymaki posted a 14-21-2 record and a 2.58 GAA with the AHLs Philadelphia Phantoms.

In 2003-04, the Turku, Finland native made his NHL debut with the Flyers, seeing action in three games while spending the majority of the season in the AHL with the Phantoms.

The summer of 2009 saw the Finnish goalkeeper become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career and when the Flyers signed the always controversial Ray Emery, it was clear that Niittymaki was going to have to ply his trade elsewhere. On July 10 he signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The following summer he was again an unrestricted free agent, this time inking a two-year deal with the San Jose Sharks.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1997-98 TPS Turku U18 Fin-U18 12 1 1 0 0 1.00
1997-98 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 19 10 8 1 1.80 4 3 1 0 1.91
1997-98 Finland EJC-A 1 0 4.00
1998-99 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 35 27 8 0 3 1.72 6 3 3 0 2.32
1999-00 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 1 0 0 0 1.00 1 0 1 0 5.00
1999-00 TPS Turku Finland 32 23 6 3 3 2.14 8 6 2 0 1.72
1999-00 Finland WJC-A 5 0 2.45
2000-01 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 2 1 1 1 2.00
2000-01 TPS Turku Finland 21 10 5 1 2 2.48
2001-02 TPS Turku Finland 27 16 8 1 3 1.84 4 2 2 0 2.24
2002-03 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 40 14 21 2 0 2.58
2003-04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 3 3 0 0 0 1.00
2003-04 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 49 24 13 6 7 2.02 12 6 6 0 1.81
2004-05 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 58 33 21 4 6 2.07 21 15 5 3 1.75
2005-06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 46 23 15 6 2 2.97 2 0 0 0 4.11
2005-06 Finland Olympics 6 5 1 0 3 1.34
2005-06 Finland WC-A 4 2 1 1 2 1.70
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 52 9 29 9 0 3.38
2007-08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 28 12 9 2 1 2.91
2008-09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 32 15 8 6 1 2.76
2009-10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 49 21 18 5 1 2.87
2009-10 Finland Olympics
2010-11 San Jose Sharks NHL 24 12 7 3 0 2.72 2 1 0 0 0.66
2011-12 Worcester Sharks AHL 5 2 3 0 0 3.01
2011-12 Syracuse Crunch AHL 8 2 5 0 0 4.05
2012-13 TPS Turku Finland 14 1 7 3 0 2.83
NHL Totals 234 95 86 31 5 2.95 4 1 0 0 2.19


Jack A. Butterfield Trophy (AHL - Playoff MVP) (2005) Olympic All-Star Team (2006) Olympics - Best Goaltender (2006) Olympics - MVP (2006) Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 10, 2009. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, July 1, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Turku (Finland), August 20, 2012. Officially announced his retirement, April 12, 2013.
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