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Teppo Numminen
Teppo Numminen
Position Defenceman
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
198 lb (90 kg)
Teams Winnipeg Jets
Phoenix Coyotes
Dallas Stars
Buffalo Sabres
Nationality Flag of Finland Finnish
Born July 3 1968 (1968-07-03) (age 48),
Tampere, FIN
NHL Draft 29th overall, 1986
Winnipeg Jets
Pro Career 1988 – 2009


Teppo Kalevi Numminen (born July 3, 1968 in Tampere, Finland) is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League.

Playing careerEdit

Numminen started his career with his local team, Tappara, in the SM-liiga. Drafted twenty-ninth overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets, Numminen moved to North America in 1988 to play for the Jets. He moved with the team as it became the Phoenix Coyotes before the 1996–97 season. He played in the NHL All-Star Game in both 1999 and 2000. After fifteen seasons playing for the Winnipeg/Phoenix organization, Numminen was traded to the Dallas Stars in July, 2003, for Mike Sillinger. Numminen took a break from hockey during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. Numminen then signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Sabres.

On November 13, 2006, Numminen played his 1252nd game in the NHL and in the process, set a record for most NHL games played as a European-trained player, surpassing Jari Kurri. At the time of his retirement, Numminen was the last player from the 1986 NHL Entry Draft still playing in the NHL.

After signing a one-year contract for the 2007–08 NHL season, Numminen was forced to undergo open heart surgery before the start of the season. Numminen was suspended by the Buffalo Sabres when it was discovered he needed heart surgery. Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier stated the suspension was due to the fact that his $2.6 million dollar contract was not insured, and there's a clause explicitly in the contract that states the player must pass the physical and be fit to play.

Word came that Numminen's heart surgery was successful. Completed on September 20, 2007, at the Cleveland Clinic, the surgery was performed to repair a faulty valve. Numminen was able to return to action for the final game of the Sabres' 2007–08 season on April 5, 2008.

As per Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier, Numminen expressed some interest in returning and continuing NHL play for at least another year. On August 8, 2008, Numminen re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres.

He was the leader among active NHL players who played the most games without winning the Stanley Cup: 1,372 at the end of the 2008-09 season.

Teppo Numminen announced his retirement on August 4, 2009.

International playEdit

Numminen has won two silver medals ('88 & '06) and a bronze ('98) playing with the Finnish Olympic Team.


Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 69 1 14 15 36
1989–90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 11 32 43 20 7 1 2 3 10
1990–91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 8 25 33 20
1991–92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 5 34 39 32 7 0 0 0 0
1992–93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 66 7 30 37 33 6 1 1 2 2
1993–94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 57 5 18 23 28
1994–95 Winnipeg Jets NHL 42 5 16 21 16
1994–95 TuTo SM-liiga 12 3 8 11 4
1995–96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 74 11 43 54 22 6 0 0 0 2
1996–97 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 2 25 27 28 7 3 3 6 0
1997–98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 11 40 51 30 1 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 10 30 40 30 7 2 1 3 4
1999–00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 8 34 42 16 5 1 1 2 0
2000–01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 72 5 26 31 36
2001–02 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 76 13 35 48 20 4 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 78 6 24 30 30
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 62 3 14 17 18 4 0 1 1 0
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 2 38 40 36 12 1 1 2 4
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 2 27 29 32 16 0 4 4 4
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 57 2 15 17 22
NHL totals 1372 117 520 637 513 82 9 14 23 28


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Preceded by
Keith Tkachuk
Phoenix Coyotes captains
200103
Succeeded by
Shane Doan
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