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Janne Niinimaa
Janne Niinimaa
Defenceman
(NEE-nihm-uh, YAH-nee)
Number: 6
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 220
Shoots: Left
Born: 22 May 1975
Birthplace: Raahe, Finland
Acquired: 30 sept 2006 - en compagnie d'un choix de cinquième ronde des Stars de Dallas en 2007 en retour de Mike Ribeiro et d'un choix de 6e ronde en 2008 / Sept. 30, 2006 - with a fifth round draft pick in 2007 from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Mike Ribeiro and a sixth round pick in 2008.
Drafted: PHI / 1993 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (36th overall)
2005-06: Appeared in 41 games with the New York Islanders before being acquired by Dallas on Jan. 10...In 22 games with the Stars, posted two goals and four assists for six points...Collected his first point as a Dallas Star with an assist on Jan. 20 vs. Tampa Bay...Missed seven games, Jan. 23 - Feb. 4, with a sore ankle...Earned First Star of the Game honors with a goal and an assist on Feb. 6 vs. Nashville...Appeared in his 700th career NHL game on Apr. 18 at Columbus...Notched one assist in four playoff games with Dallas. 2004-05: Split the season with Malmo of the Swedish Elite League and Karpat of the Finnish Elite League...Also played in 12 playoff games with Karpat, tallying five assists2003-04: Was the only Islander to appear in all 82 games...Was second among Islander d-men in goals (9)...Appeared in his 600th career NHL game on Jan. 17 vs. Buffalo...Tied for the team lead in playoff points (3)...Scored the power play game-winner in the team's only playoff win 2002-03: Reached the 30-point plateau for the fifth consecutive season...Appeared in his 500th career NHL game on Nov. 23 vs. Detroit...Notched an assist in five playoff games... 2001-02: Led Edmonton defensemen in points (44) and was fourth overall on the team...Also ranked second on the team in assists (39)... 2000-01: Led the Oilers defensemen in points (46) and posted career-highs in goals (12) and points...Named to the NHL All-Star Team, his only All-Star appearance...Set an Edmonton team record for time on ice when he played in 33:47 minutes on Apr. 7 at Vancouver...Appeared in all six playoff games against the Stars, posting two helpers...1999-00: Missed only one game with Edmonton and collected 33 points (8-25-33)...Also played in all five playoff games against Dallas, notching two assists... 1998-99: Led the Oilers in average time on ice (23.9)...Appeared in all four game against Dallas in the playoffs... 1997-98: Notched 43 points (4-39-43) in 77 games with Philadelphia and Edmonton... 1996-97: Was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team as he recorded 44 points (4-40-44) in 77 games with Philadelphia...Led NHL rookies with 23 power play assists...Notched 13 points in 19 playoff games as he helped the Flyers get to the Stanley Cup Finals.

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Played three seasons with Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League from 1993-96...Has appeared in two Winter Olympics with Finland (1998, 2002)...Notched three points in four games for Finland in 2002.


MOST GOALS, GAME: 1, 54 times, last on Apr. 11, 2006 vs. CBJ
MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 4, Oct. 28, 1998 vs. WSH
MOST POINTS, GAME: 4, twice, last on Nov. 14, 1999 @ CHI (1-3-4)
MOST PIM, GAME: 15, Mar. 4, 2000 vs. PIT
MOST SHOTS, GAME: 7, twice, last on Apr. 4, 2001 vs. MIN
GOAL SCORING STREAK: 3 games, twice, last from Apr. 1 - 4, 2001 (3 goals) ASSIST SCORING STREAK: 4 games, twice, last from Apr. 8 - 15, 1998 (7 assists) POINT SCORING STREAK: 5 games, Oct. 22 - Nov. 1, 2002 (2-4-6)
GAMES PLAYED STREAK: 223 games, Nov. 27, 1999 - Apr. 12, 2002

FIRST NHL GAME: Oct. 5, 1996 vs. FLA
FIRST NHL GOAL: Dec. 19, 1996 vs. NYI
FIRST NHL POINT: Oct. 18, 1996 vs. PHX

NHL Awards & Accomplishments

NHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM - 1997
NHL ALL-STAR GAME - 2001
WINTER OLYMPICS - 1998, 2002