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Antti Niemi
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
210 lb (95 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
San Jose Sharks
Pelicans (SM-liiga)
Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Nationality Flag of Finland Finnish
Born August 29 1983 (1983-08-29) (age 33),
Vantaa, FIN
NHL Draft Undrafted
Pro Career 2005 – present

Antti Niemi (born August 29, 1983) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He formerly played for the Chicago Blackhawks and won the Stanley Cup with the team.

Playing careerEdit

Niemi played junior-level hockey for Kiekko-Vantaa from 2000 until 2005, when he turned pro with the Pelicans of the Finnish SM-liiga. He played three seasons with the Pelicans before signing with the Chicago Blackhawks as an undrafted free agent in 2008. Assigned to Chicago's minor league affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, Niemi spent the majority of the 2008–09 season in the American Hockey League (AHL). In February 2009, he was called up to the Blackhawks as an injury replacement. He made his NHL debut on February 27, playing one period in a 5–4 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Niemi recorded his first NHL start and win several days later on March 1, a 4–2 victory versus the Los Angeles Kings.

The following season, Niemi made the Blackhawks lineup out of training camp. Niemi started the second game of a back-to-back season opener against the Florida Panthers in Helsinki[1]. He stopped all 23 shots he faced against the Panthers earning his first NHL shutout in his native Finland on October 3, 2009. Niemi was made the starting goaltender for the Blackhawks near the close of the 2009-2010 NHL regular season and the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, replacing Christobal Huet. During Game 2, Niemi recorded a shutout victory against the Nashville Predators at United Center, making him the first Blackhawks goaltender since Ed Belfour in 1996 to record a postseason shutout.[2]. On April 22, 2010, Niemi stopped 33 shots to record his second shutout of the postseason, making him the first Chicago goaltender since Tony Esposito in 1974 to record two shutouts in one playoff series.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season Team League GP W L T OT L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2005-06Pelicans Lahti-Finland SM-liiga401217810332.730.916
2006-07Pelicans Lahti-Finland SM-liiga481821711932.570.918
2007-08Pelicans Lahti-Finland SM-liiga492614610942.350.869
2008–09Chicago BlackhawksNHL311114180 3.400.864
2008–09Rockford IceHogsAHL381814320958522.430.910
2009-10Chicago BlackhawksNHL39267421908272.250.912
NHL Totals 42278523329472.320.910
AHL Totals381814320948522.430.910
SM-liiga Totals137565221331102.55


  1. In front of home crowd, goalie Niemi gives Blackhawks shutout. Associated Press (2008-10-03). Retrieved on 2009-10-03.
  2. Antti Niemi posts Chicago Blackhawks' first playoff shutout since 1996. Chicago Tribune (2010-04-18). Retrieved on 2010-04-20.

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