- Janne Niinimaa
Infobox Ice Hockey Player
former_teams = NHL
Philadelphia Flyers Edmonton Oilers New York Islanders Dallas Stars
league = Swiss-A
position = Defence
shoots = Left
height_ft = 6
height_in = 1
weight_lb = 220
nationality = FIN
birth_date = Birth date and age|1975|5|22|mf=y
draft = 36th overall
draft_year = 1993
career_start = 1993
Janne Niinimaa (born
22 May, 1975in Raahe, Finland) is a professional ice hockeydefenceman. He was selected in the second round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, 36th overall, by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Following three seasons playing with
Jokeritin Helsinki, Finland, Niinimaa made his debut with the Flyers in the 1996–97 NHL season, posting 44 points and a +12 rating, and being named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.
The following season Niinimaa was traded to the
Edmonton Oilers, where he spent parts of six seasons. Earning himself an All-Star appearance in the 2000–01 NHL regular season. He was traded to the New York Islandersin 2003 and then was traded to the Montreal Canadiens. During the NHL lockout, Niinimaa returned to play in his native Finland. Niinimaa has twice represented Finland at the Winter Olympics, winning a bronze medal in 1998, and was on the national team when Finland won its only world championship gold medal.
26 June, 1993- Drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers.
24 March, 1998- Traded by Philadelphia to the Edmonton Oilersin exchange for Dan McGillisand a 2nd round draft pick (Philadelphia selected Jason Beckett)
11 March, 2003- Traded by the Edmonton Oilersto the New York Islandersalong with a second round draft pick (New York selected Evgeni Tunik) in exchange for Brad Isbisterand Raffi Torres
10 January, 2005- Traded by the New York Islandersto the Dallas Starsalong with a fifth round draft pick in exchange for John Erskine and a second round draft pick.
30 September, 2006- Traded by the Dallas Starsalong with a fifth round pick in 2007 to the Montreal Canadiensin exchange for Mike Ribeiroand a 2008 sixth round pick.
14 September, 2007- Signed by HC Davosof the Swiss National League.
*"Stats as of April 28, 2008"
* [http://www.genealogia.fi/sukus/niinimaa Niinimaa Family]
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