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Kimmo Timonen
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Born 18 March 1975 (1975-03-18) (age 46)
Kuopio, Finland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Liiga
HC Lugano
Brynäs IF
Nashville Predators
Philadelphia Flyers
Chicago Blackhawks
National team Flag of Finland.svg Finland
NHL Draft 250th overall, 1993
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 1991–2015

Kimmo Samuel Timonen (born 18 March 1975) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey defenseman who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers, and Chicago Blackhawks. Timonen was the youngest player to play for Finland at the 1993 IIHF World Junior Championships at the age of 17.

Timonen had played in over 1,100 NHL games before retiring. During his career, Timonen had also featured in three IIHF World Junior Championships, seven IIHF World Championships, two World Cups and five Olympic tournaments. He won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015.

Timonen was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. After the draft, he continued to play in his native Finland for several years. In 1998, Timonen played on the bronze medal-winning Finnish Olympic team in Nagano. Shortly after the Olympics, the Kings traded him to the Nashville Predators.

On 5 March, Timonen announced his intent to retire from professional hockey after the 2014–15 season. On 21 March 2015, he played in his 1,100th NHL game. On 15 June, Timonen won his first Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in the final game of his 20-year career.

In February 2016, President Barack Obama received the winning Blackhawks team in the White House. During his speech, he unexpectedly gave a tribute to Timonen.


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