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Sami Kapanen
Kapanen Sami KalPa 2009 1
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
181 lb (82 kg)
SM-liiga Team
F. Teams
KalPa
HIFK
NHL
Hartford Whalers
Carolina Hurricanes
Philadelphia Flyers
Nationality Flag of Finland Finnish
Born June 14 1973 (1973-06-14) (age 43),
Vantaa, FIN
NHL Draft 87th overall, 1995
Hartford Whalers
Pro Career 1990 – present

Sami Kapanen (born 14 June, 1973, in Vantaa, Finland) is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey player. He played mostly as a right winger. He is the older brother of Kimmo Kapanen. On June 2, 2008 he announced his retirement from the NHL after 12 seasons and will play the 2008–09 season for KalPa Kuopio in Finland. On May 27th 2010 he announced his retirement and that he would take a new job as the general manager of KalPa.

Playing careerEdit

Kapanen was drafted 87th overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft by the Hartford Whalers. His first NHL season was in 1995–96, when he played 35 games with Hartford. The Whalers relocated to become the Carolina Hurricanes. In his next five seasons with Carolina Kapanen averaged 24 goals and 35 assists with his best season coming in 2001–02 when he scored 27 goals and 42 assists for 69 points.

Rangers vs Flyers 2007 1

Kapanen (24) playing against the New York Rangers on January 4, 2007.

On February 7, 2003, Kapanen was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers along with Ryan Bast for Pavel Brendl and Bruno St. Jacques. In two seasons with Philadelphia, Kapanen played 31 playoff games, scoring 17 points.

Kapanen has played three times for Finland at the Winter Olympics. In 18 Olympic games he scored 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points. In the NHL, Kapanen has played 831 regular season games, scoring 189 goals and 269 assists for 458 points. He has also played in 87 playoff games, scoring 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points. Kapanen also won a gold medal at the 1995 Ice Hockey World Championships.

Since 2003, Kapanen has also been the majority owner of Finnish hockey team KalPa Kuopio, the same club that gave him his start as a professional. One of the minority owners is Kimmo Timonen who, in 2007 became Kapanen's teammate on the Flyers. Following the 2007–08 season, Kapanen announced that he would be returning to Finland to play for KalPa.

TriviaEdit

  • Though he played as a right winger, he also had enough experience as a defenceman so that he could change his position from forward to defence even during a game (e.g in the 2010 Ice Hockey World Championship game between Finland and Russia when Finland lost two if its defencmen Kapanen was moved to that position).

AwardsEdit

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Bronze 1994 Lillehammer Ice hockey
Bronze 1998 Nagano Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2001 Team
Silver 1998 Team
Gold 1995 Team
Silver 1994 Team
  • Bronze Medal at the Winter Olympics in 1994.
  • Named to the SM-liiga First All-Star Team in 1994.
  • Bronze Medal at the Winter Olympics in 1998.
  • Played in the NHL All-Star Game in 2000.
  • Played in the NHL All-Star Game in 2002.
  • Awarded the Yanick Dupre Memorial in 2004.
  • Awarded the Gene Hart Memorial Award in 2007.

RecordsEdit

  • Tied a record for scoring two consecutive overtime goals in two consecutive games. (Since broken by Andrew Cogliano)
  • Fastest Man on ice awarded when he completed a lap around an NHL rink in 12.7 seconds.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 KalPa SM-l 14 1 2 3 2 8 2 1 3 2
1991–92 KalPa SM-l 42 15 10 25 8 -- -- -- -- --
1992–93 KalPa SM-l 37 4 17 21 12 -- -- -- -- --
1993–94 KalPa SM-l 48 23 32 55 16 -- -- -- -- --
1993–94 HC Královopolská Brno Czech Div.I -- -- -- -- -- 1 0 0 0 ..
1994–95 HIFK SM-l 49 14 28 42 42 3 0 0 0 0
1995–96 Springfield Falcons AHL 28 14 17 31 4 3 1 2 3 0
1995–96 Hartford Whalers NHL 35 5 4 9 6 -- -- -- -- --
1996–97 Hartford Whalers NHL 45 13 12 25 2 -- -- -- -- --
1997–98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 26 37 63 16 -- -- -- -- --
1998–99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 24 35 59 10 5 1 1 2 0
1999–00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 76 24 24 48 12 -- -- -- -- --
2000–01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 20 37 57 24 6 2 3 5 0
2001–02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 77 27 42 69 23 23 1 8 9 6
2002–03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 43 6 12 18 12 -- -- -- -- --
2002–03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 28 4 9 13 6 13 4 3 7 6
2003–04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 12 18 30 14 18 3 7 10 6
2004–05 KalPa Mestis 10 6 3 9 2 9 5 3 8 4
2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 58 12 22 34 12 6 0 0 0 2
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 11 14 25 22 -- -- -- -- --
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 5 3 8 16 16 2 0 2 2
2008–09 KalPa SM-l 55 20 24 44 18
NHL totals 831 189 269 458 175 87 13 22 35 22
SM-liiga totals 245 77 113 190 98 8 2 1 3 2

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1990 Finland EJC 6 6 4 10 0
1991 Finland WJC 7 1 5 6 8
1992 Finland WJC 7 1 2 3 2
1994 Finland Nat-Tm 20 9 3 12 0
1994 Finland Olym 8 1 0 1 2
1994 Finland WC-A 8 4 2 6 0
1995 Finland Nat-Tm 19 3 1 4 8
1995 Finland WC-A 8 2 2 4 6
1996 Finland Nat-Tm 2 0 1 1 0
1996 Finland WC-A 6 2 3 5 2
1996 Finland WCH 3 0 0 0 4
1997 Finland Nat-Tm 4 1 0 1 4
1998 Finland Olym 6 0 1 1 0
1998 Finland WC-A 10 4 3 7 2
2001 Finland WC-A 8 7 4 11 8
2002 Finland Olym 4 1 2 3 4
2004 Finland WCH Selected to team but did not play
2006 Finland Olym Selected to team but did not attend due to injury
Senior Int'l totals 106 34 22 56 40


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