Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Antti Niemi
Antti Niemi was born August 29, 1983. He played three seasons of professional hockey in his native Finland before signing with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008.

He began his North American professional career with Chicago's AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, where he would spend the majority of the 2008-09 season. He made his NHL debut on February 27, playing one period in a 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Niemi made his first NHL start several days later on March 1, a 4-2 victory versus the Los Angeles Kings.

In 2009-10, Niemi made the Blackhawks out of training camp. He started the second game of season in Helsinki, stopping all 23 shots he faced against the Florida Panthers, earning his first NHL shutout in his native Finland.

As the season wore on, Niemi outplayed counterpart Cristobal Huet and going into the playoffs he was regarded as Chicago's number one goaltender.

The season would end triumphantly for Niemi and the Blackhawks when they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in six games to capture the club's first Stanley Cup championship since 1961, with Niemi providing solid play in the Hawks net.

In the summer of 2010, it became clear that Niemi would not be returning to Chicago to help defend the championship. He signed a one-year deal with the San Jose Sharks on September 2.

After playing in four seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Niemi's rights were traded to the Dallas Stars for a seventh round draft pick on June 17, 2015. Two days later, Niemi signed a three year contract with the Stars.

In two seasons with the Stars, Niemi posted goals-against-averages of 2.67 and 3.30. Following the 2016-17 season, the club decided to buy out the final year of his contract making the goaltender a free agent on July 1, 2017. He subsequently signed a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Niemi was part of the Finnish national team that won a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
2000-01 Kiekko-Vantaa Jr. Fin-Jr. 4 6.86
2001-02 Kiekko-Vantaa Finland-2 24 3
2002-03 Kiekko-Vantaa Finland-2 0 2.63
2003-04 Kiekko-Vantaa Finland-2 19 1 2.52 3 0 4.17
2003-04 Kiekko-Vantaa Jr. Fin-Jr. 19 2 3.18
2004-05 Kiekko-Vantaa Finland-2 38 1 2.52 3 0 4.17
2005-06 Pelicans Lahti Finland 40 12 17 8 3 2.73
2006-07 Pelicans Lahti Finland 48 18 21 7 3 2.57 6 2 4 0 1 1.46
2007-08 Pelicans Lahti Finland 49 26 14 6 4 2.35 6 2 3 0 3.85
2008-09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 3 1 1 1 0 3.40
2008-09 Rockford IceHogs AHL 38 18 14 3 2 2.43 2 0 2 0 3.65
2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 39 26 7 4 7 2.25 22 16 6 2 2.63
2010-11 San Jose Sharks NHL 60 35 18 6 6 2.38 18 8 9 0 3.22
2011-12 San Jose Sharks NHL 68 34 22 9 6 2.42 5 1 4 0 2.45
2012-13 Pelicans Lahti Finland 10 3 5 2 0 3.11
2012-13 San Jose Sharks NHL 43 24 12 6 4 2.16 11 7 4 0 1.87
2013-14 San Jose Sharks NHL 64 39 17 7 4 2.39 6 3 3 0 0 3.74
2013-14 Finland Olympics
2014-15 San Jose Sharks NHL 61 31 23 7 5 2.59
2015-16 Dallas Stars NHL 48 25 13 7 3 2.67 5 1 3 0 3.29
NHL Totals 386 215 113 47 35 2.42 67 36 29 0 2 2.76


Signed as a free agent by Chicago, May 5, 2008. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, September 2, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Lahti (Finland), October 5, 2012. Traded to Dallas by San Jose for Dallas' 7th round pick (Jake Kupsky) in 2015 NHL Draft, June 27, 2015.
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