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Born May 22, 1975 (1975-05-22) (age 34),
Raahe, FIN
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
SEL team
F. teams
HV71
NHL
Philadelphia Flyers
Edmonton Oilers
New York Islanders
Dallas Stars
Montreal Canadiens
SM-liiga
Jokerit
Kärpät
Elitserien
Malmö IF
Ntl. team  Finland
NHL Draft 36th overall, 1993
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1993 – present

Janne Niinimaa (born May 22, 1975 in Raahe, Finland) is a professional ice hockey defenceman who has played over 700 games in the NHL. He was selected in the second round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, 36th overall, by the Philadelphia Flyers. Niinimaa is currently playing with HV71 in the Swedish elite league Elitserien.

Following three seasons playing with Jokerit in Helsinki, Finland, Niinimaa made his debut with the Flyers in the 1996–97 NHL season, posting 44 points and a +12 rating, and being named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.

The following season Niinimaa was traded to the Edmonton Oilers, where he spent parts of six seasons. Earning himself an All-Star appearance in the 2000–01 NHL regular season. He was traded to the New York Islanders in 2003 and then was traded to the Montreal Canadiens. During the NHL lockout, Niinimaa returned to play in his native Finland. Niinimaa has twice represented Finland at the Winter Olympics, winning a bronze medal in 1998, and was on the national team when Finland won its only world championship gold medal.

On a miscellaneous note, he has a tattoo that covers his back which was shown during his interview at Tomson's Place, during Sportsnet trade deadline coverage.

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Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts +/- PIM
1993–94 Jokerit SM-l 45 3 8 11 24 12 1 1 2 4
1994–95 Jokerit SM-l 42 7 10 17 36 10 1 4 5 35
1995–96 Jokerit SM-l 49 5 15 20 79 11 0 2 2 12
1996–97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 4 40 44 +12 58 19 1 12 13 +3 16
1997–98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 66 3 31 34 +6 56
1997–98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 11 1 8 9 +7 6 11 1 1 2 +3 12
1998–99 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 4 24 28 +7 88 4 0 0 0 -2 2
1999–00 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 8 25 33 +14 89 5 0 2 2 +1 2
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 12 34 46 -6 90 6 0 2 2 -1 6
2001–02 Edmonton Oilers NHL 81 5 39 44 +13 80
2002–03 Edmonton Oilers NHL 63 4 24 28 -7 66
2002–03 New York Islanders NHL 13 1 5 6 -2 14 5 0 1 1 -4 12
2003–04 New York Islanders NHL 82 9 19 28 +12 64 5 1 2 3 -2 2
2004–05 Malmö Redhawks SEL 10 0 3 3 -2 34
2004–05 Kärpät SM-l 26 3 10 13 +14 30 12 0 5 5 +3 8
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 41 1 9 10 -7 62
2005–06 Dallas Stars NHL 22 2 4 6 -5 24 4 0 1 1 0 8
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 0 3 3 -13 36
2007–08 HC Davos NLA 48 9 28 37 127
2008–09 SCL Tigers NLA 20 8 10 18 20
NHL totals 741 54 265 319 +43 733 59 3 21 24 -2 60
SM-liiga totals 162 18 43 61 169 45 2 12 14 +3 59
Elitserien totals 10 0 3 3 -2 34
NLA totals 68 17 38 55 147

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