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Kimmo Timonen
Kimmo Timonen
Position Defenceman
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
194 lb (88 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Philadelphia Flyers
Nashville Predators
Nationality Flag of Finland Finnish
Born March 18 1975 (1975-03-18) (age 41),
Kuopio, FIN
NHL Draft 250th overall, 1993
Los Angeles Kings
Pro Career 1992 – present

Kimmo Timonen (born March 18, 1975) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman who plays for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is an alternate captain with the Flyers.

Playing careerEdit

Timonen was the youngest player to represent Finland at the 1993 IIHF World Junior Championships at the age of 17. He recorded the second-highest shot total in the tournament with 44.

Timonen was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 10th round, 250th overall, of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. After the draft, he continued to play in his native Finland for several years, first for KalPa and then later for TPS. In 1998, Timonen played on the bronze medal-winning Finnish Olympic team in Nagano. Shortly after the Olympics, the Kings traded him along with Jan Vopat to the Nashville Predators in agreement that Nashville would not select Garry Galley in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft.

During the 1998–99 NHL season, Timonen split time between the Nashville and their IHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. The following year, he was promoted to a full-time NHL player. He played the next four seasons for the Predators, steadily improving his offensive output, until the 2004–05 NHL lockout. During the lockout, Timonen played for his hometown team, KalPa, which he partly owns with former Flyers teammate Sami Kapanen. Timonen also persuaded his fellow teammate Adam Hall to play for KalPa for the duration of the lockout.

Timonen represented Finland at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and led his team in scoring with six points, the fifth-highest total overall in the tournament.

On October 3, 2006, Timonen was named the captain of the Nashville Predators for the 2006–07 season. That season proved to be a career year for Timonen with him registering career highs in both assists and total points.

Timonen, Kimmo

Timonen playing for the Flyers.

Following the 2006–07 season, Timonen was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Shortly after, he signed a six-year, $37.8 million contract extention with them, a deal which made him the highest paid Finn in the NHL. At the time, Timonen's younger brother Jussi Timonen was playing for the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers AHL affiliate. However, Jussi was subsequently traded to the Dallas Stars early in the 2007–08 season.

After beating the Capitals 4-3 and the Canadiens 4-1 in the first two rounds of the playoffs, Timonen's first playoff run with the Flyers was put on hold after a visit to the doctor; Timonen got hit by a wrist shot at his foot on April 30, 2008, by Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov. Timonen felt numbness in his foot as the week went along and thought it was nothing but a twisted nerve. After an MRI failed to reveal anything, Timonen had the foot examined at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. However on May 8, 2008, the doctor found a small blood clot in Timonen's foot. Timonen was sidelined indefinitely and missed the first four games of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Timonen returned for game 5, but the Flyers lost the game and their playoff run came to an end.

AwardsEdit

  • 1997- Matti Keinonen trophy for best +/- in the SM-liiga
  • 2000- Named to the NHL All-Star team, but unable to play due to injury
  • 2004- Played in NHL All-Star game
  • 2005- Elected most valuable player in the Mestis playoffs
  • 2007- Played in NHL All Star Game
  • 2008- Named to the NHL All-Star team

RecordsEdit

  • Nashville Predators' franchise record for career assists (222)

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 KalPa SM-l 5 0 0 0 0
1992–93 KalPa SM-l 33 0 2 2 4
1993–94 KalPa SM-l 46 6 7 13 55
1994–95 TPS SM-l 45 3 4 7 10 13 0 1 1 11
1995–96 TPS SM-l 48 3 21 24 22 9 1 2 3 12
1996–97 TPS SM-l 50 10 14 24 18 12 2 7 9 8
1997–98 HIFK SM-l 45 10 15 25 24 9 3 4 7 8
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 50 4 8 12 30
1998–99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 29 2 13 15 22
1999–2000 Nashville Predators NHL 51 8 25 33 26
2000–01 Nashville Predators NHL 82 12 13 25 50
2001–02 Nashville Predators NHL 82 13 29 42 28
2002–03 Nashville Predators NHL 72 6 34 40 46
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 77 12 32 44 52 6 0 0 0 10
2004–05 HC Lugano Swiss-A 3 0 1 1 0
2004–05 Brynäs IF SEL 10 5 3 8 8
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 79 11 39 50 74 5 1 3 4 4
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 80 13 42 55 42 5 0 2 2 4
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 8 36 44 50 13 0 6 6 8
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 3 40 43 54 6 0 1 1 12
NHL totals 730 90 298 388 452 35 1 12 13 38

InternationalEdit

Olympic medal record
Men's Ice Hockey
Silver 2006 Turin Ice hockey
Bronze 1998 Nagano Ice hockey
Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1993 Finland WJC 7 2 0 2 6
1993 Finland EJC 6 2 2 4 2
1994 Finland WJC 7 3 3 6 4
1995 Finland WJC 7 2 6 8 4
1996 Finland WC 6 0 1 1 0
1998 Finland Oly 6 0 1 1 2
1998 Finland WC 10 2 6 8 4
1999 Finland WC 10 1 4 5 6
2001 Finland WC 9 2 2 4 10
2002 Finland Oly 4 0 1 1 2
2002 Finland WC 9 1 2 3 8
2003 Finland WC 7 2 5 7 2
2004 Finland WCup 6 1 5 6 2
2005 Finland WC 6 2 1 3 6
2006 Finland Oly 8 1 4 5 2
Senior int'l totals 81 12 32 44 44
Junior int'l totals 27 9 11 20 16

External linksEdit

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