Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Joe Finley
Joseph Finley was born on June 29, 1987 in Edina, Minnesota. Finley attended University of North Dakota and was selected in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals.

A serious injury suffered in 2009 slowed Finley's progress and limited his game action. He would split time between the Capitals' AHL and ECHL affiliates for two seasons, though never suit up for Washington.

Finley would join the Buffalo Sabres organization for the 2011-12 season, serving as a defensive, rugged defenseman for the Sabres' affiliate, the Rochester Americans. He would also appear in five games for the Sabres during the 2011-12 season, recording 12 minutes in penalties along the way.

On January 14, 2013, Finley was waived by the Buffalo Sabres and subsequently claimed by the New York Islanders. He would see action in 16 games for New York during the lockout shortened season, recording his first NHL point along the way.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
2003-04 Edina Hornets High-MN
2004-05 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 55 3 10 13 181 -18
2005-06 University of North Dakota WCHA 43 0 3 3 96
2006-07 University of North Dakota WCHA 41 1 6 7 72
2007-08 University of North Dakota WCHA 43 4 11 15 79
2008-09 University of North Dakota WCHA 27 2 8 10 56
2008-09 Hershey Bears AHL 1 0 0 0 7 +1
2009-10 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 17 1 3 4 43 +1
2010-11 Hershey Bears AHL 7 0 1 1 15 +5
2010-11 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 26 1 7 8 73 -3 4 0 0 0 10
2011-12 Rochester Americans AHL 57 1 5 6 143 +7 3 0 0 0 0
2011-12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 5 0 0 0 12 -3
2012-13 Rochester Americans AHL 36 1 4 5 81 +3
2012-13 New York Islanders NHL 16 0 1 1 20 -5
2013-14 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 29 0 2 2 50 -8
2014-15 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 54 0 3 3 132 -6
2015-16 Iowa Wild AHL 56 5 1 6 92 +4
2016-17 HIFK Helsinki Finland 46 3 5 8 142 14 0 2 2 55
NHL Totals 21 0 1 1 32


Missed majority of 2009-10 due to recurring hand injury. Signed as a free agent by Rochester, September 18, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, November 28, 2011. Claimed on waivers by NY Islanders from Buffalo, January 14, 2013. Missed majority of 2013-14 due to recurring hand injury. Signed as a free agent by HIFK Helsinki (Finland), June 22, 2016.
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