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Kimmo Timonen

Finnish ice hockey player

Kimmo Samuel Timonen (born March 18, 1975) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman. He currently plays for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers.

Kimmo Timonen
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Timonen with the Flyers in 2010
Born (1975-03-18) March 18, 1975 (age 44)
Kuopio, Finland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
KalPa
TPS
HIFK
Nashville Predators
HC Lugano
Brynäs IF
Philadelphia Flyers
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 250th overall, 1993
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1991–present

CareerEdit

Before playing in the NHL, Timonen played parts of 7 years in the SM-liiga with KalPa, TPS, and HIFK.

He was drafted 250th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. He continued to play in the SM-liiga after the draft. He helped Finland win the bronze medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. A little while after the Olympics, the Kings traded Timonen along with Jan Vopat to the Nashville Predators (who did not begin playing yet) in agreement that the Predators would not draft Garry Galley in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft.[1]

Timonen would spend time between the Predators and their IHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. He was called up to the Predators during 1999-2000 season. He played the next four seasons with the Predators before the 2004–05 NHL lockout. He decided to travel back to Finland and play for KalPa during the lockout. On October 3, 2006, the Predators named Timonen the captain for the 2006–07 season.[2]

On June 18, 2007, the Predators traded Timonen along with Scott Hartnell to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Philadelphia's first round pick (Jonathon Blum) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.[3] After he signed, he became the highest paid Finn in the NHL after he signed a six-year, $37.8 million contract extension.[4][5]

Timonen and the Flyers faced the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs. Philadelphia was able to win the series 4–3. In the second round of the playoffs, the Flyers played against the Montreal Canadiens and won the series 4–1. On April 30, 2008, Timonen was hit by a wrist shot at his foot by Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov. He said that he had felt numbness in his foot but he didn't think it was anything but a twisted nerve. On May 8, 2008, a doctor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania who looked at Timonen's foot said that he had found a small blood clot. This stopped Timonen from playing indefinitely and he missed the first four games of the Eastern Conference Finals against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins.[6] He returned in game 5 but the Flyers lost and they were eliminated from the playoffs.[7] On March 5, 2011, Timonen scored his 100th career goal against Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres in a 5–3 loss.[8] On August 5, 2014, Timonen was diagnosed with blood clots in his right leg and both of his lungs. He was ruled out from playing indefinitely and missed the first 62 games of the season.[9]

On February 27, 2015, the Flyers traded Timonen to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick and 2016 fourth-round pick.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Kings All-Time Trades". Los Angeles Kings. Retrieved 2015-3-27. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. "Predators name captains for 2006-07". Nashville Predators. Retrieved 2015-3-27. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. "Flyers Acquire Rights to Timonen and Hartnell". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved 2015-3-27. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. "Flyers Sign Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell to Contracts". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved 2015-3-27. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. "Defensemen find new homes for 2007-08". NHL. Retrieved 2015-3-27. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. "Timonen Out with Blood Clot". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved 2015-3-27. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. "Timonen back, Coburn still sidelined for Flyers". ESPN. Retrieved 2015-3-27. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. "Sabres 5, Flyers 3". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved 2015-3-27. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  9. "Injury Update: Kimmo Timonen". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved 2015-3-27. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. "Blackhawks acquire Timonen from Flyers". Chicago Blackhawks. Retrieved 2015-3-27. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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Preceded by
Greg Johnson
Nashville Predators captain
2006–07
Succeeded by
Jason Arnott