Janne Niinimaa

Janne Niinimaa

Infobox Ice Hockey Player

image_size =
team= HC Davos
former_teams = NHL
Philadelphia Flyers
Edmonton Oilers
New York Islanders
Dallas Stars
Montreal Canadiens
Malmö IF
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
birth_place = Raahe, FIN
draft = 36th overall
draft_year = 1993
draft_team = Philadelphia Flyers
career_start = 1993

Janne Niinimaa (born 22 May, 1975 in Raahe, Finland) is a professional ice hockey defenceman. He was selected in the second round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, 36th overall, by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Following three seasons playing with Jokerit in 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 Islanders in 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 Oilers in exchange for Dan McGillis and a 2nd round draft pick (Philadelphia selected Jason Beckett)
*11 March, 2003 - Traded by the Edmonton Oilers to the New York Islanders along with a second round draft pick (New York selected Evgeni Tunik) in exchange for Brad Isbister and Raffi Torres
*10 January, 2005 - Traded by the New York Islanders to the Dallas Stars along with a fifth round draft pick in exchange for John Erskine and a second round draft pick.
*30 September,2006 - Traded by the Dallas Stars along with a fifth round pick in 2007 to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Mike Ribeiro and a 2008 sixth round pick.
*14 September,2007 - Signed by HC Davos of the Swiss National League.

Career statistics

*"Stats as of April 28, 2008"

External links

* [http://www.genealogia.fi/sukus/niinimaa Niinimaa Family]

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