Antti-Jussi Niemi

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Antti-Jussi Niemi
Antti-Jussi Niemi.jpg
Born (1977-09-22) 22 September 1977 (age 41)
Vantaa, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Jokerit
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Frölunda HC
HC Lada Togliatti
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 81st overall, 1996
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 1996–2014

Antti-Jussi Jormanpoika Niemi (born 22 September 1977) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey player. Niemi played for Jokerit of the SM-liiga, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the National Hockey League, HC Lada Togliatti in the Kontinental Hockey League and Västra Frölunda HC and Leksands IF of the Swedish Elitserien.

Professional career

Niemi began his professional career with Jokerit of the SM-liiga. His play attracted the attention of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League, who drafted him in the fourth round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, 81st overall. In June 1998, the Senators traded his NHL rights to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, along with Ted Donato for Patrick Lalime.

Niemi moved to North America in 2000 to continue his professional career. Niemi played two years in the Mighty Ducks organization, mostly with their minor league Cincinnati Mighty Ducks team, but was called up to Anaheim for a total of 29 games.

Niemi returned to Finland and returned to Jokerit for the 2002–03 season. After one season, Niemi transferred to Frölunda HC of Sweden, where he played five seasons including the 2005 Elitserien championship. The 2008–09 season was split between HC Lada Togliatti of the Kontinental Hockey League and Leksands IF of the Swedish league.

In 2009 Niemi returned again to Finland and Jokerit. He played five more seasons with Jokeriti to finish his career, retiring in 2014. In total, Niemi won two SM-liiga gold medals with Jokerit.

Niemi was member of the Finnish national team at several World Championships, as well as the 2006 Winter Olympics. He was a member of the 2006 silver medal team.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Jokerit FIN Jr 33 0 3 3 26
1994–95 Jokerit FIN Jr 14 4 3 7 60
1995–96 Jokerit FIN Jr 34 11 18 29 56 8 0 4 4 39
1995–96 Jokerit Liiga 6 0 2 2 6 1 0 0 0 0
1995–96 Tuuski FIN III 4 0 2 2 8
1996–97 Jokerit FIN Jr 2 0 1 1 2 2 0 1 1 2
1996–97 Jokerit Liiga 44 2 9 11 38 9 0 2 2 2
1997–98 Jokerit FIN Jr 3 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 3 0
1997–98 Jokerit Liiga 46 2 6 8 71 8 0 1 1 0
1998–99 Jokerit Liiga 53 3 7 10 107 3 0 0 0 2
1999–2000 Jokerit Liiga 53 8 8 16 79 11 0 3 3 6
2000–01 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 36 3 8 11 26
2000–01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 28 1 1 2 22
2001–02 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 39 10 9 19 25 3 1 1 2 2
2001–02 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Jokerit Liiga 48 6 11 17 42 1 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Västra Frölunda HC SEL 47 4 14 18 74 10 4 1 5 20
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 45 4 9 13 78 14 0 0 0 41
2005–06 Frölunda HC SEL 49 1 4 5 60 17 0 1 1 10
2006–07 Frölunda HC SEL 48 3 11 14 110
2007–08 Frölunda HC SEL 54 1 4 5 79 7 1 1 2 35
2008–09 Lada Togliatti KHL 27 0 2 2 30
2008–09 Leksands IF SWE II 8 0 0 0 22
2009–10 Jokerit Liiga 51 1 8 9 74 3 0 0 0 14
2010–11 Jokerit Liiga 38 1 2 3 78 7 0 1 1 12
2011–12 Jokerit Liiga 43 1 7 8 52 2 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Jokerit Liiga 39 2 7 9 36 6 0 0 0 29
2013–14 Jokerit Liiga 32 2 4 6 31
Liiga totals 453 28 71 99 612 51 0 7 7 67
NHL totals 29 1 1 2 22
SEL totals 243 13 42 55 401 48 5 3 8 106

International

Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Silver medal – second place 2006 Turin Ice hockey
Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1995 Finland EJC 5 0 1 1 7
1996 Finland WJC 6 3 1 4 43
1997 Finland WJC 6 0 2 2 8
1998 Finland WC 9 0 0 0 6
1999 Finland WC 12 1 1 2 8
2000 Finland WC 9 0 0 0 0
2001 Finland WC 9 0 1 1 10
2004 Finland WC 7 1 2 3 4
2005 Finland WC 7 2 0 2 4
2006 Finland OG 8 0 0 0 2
2008 Finland WC 9 0 1 1 28
Junior totals 17 3 4 7 58
Senior totals 70 4 5 9 62

External links

  • Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database


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