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Kimmo Timonen
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Timonen with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010
Born (1975-03-18) 18 March 1975 (age 48)
Kuopio, Finland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for KalPa
TPS
HIFK
Nashville Predators
HC Lugano
Brynäs IF
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 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 in his final career game.

He was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2020.

Playing career

Timonen was the youngest player to play for Finland at the 1993 IIHF World Junior Championships at the age of 17. He recorded the second-highest shot total in the tournament with 44.

Timonen was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the tenth round, 250th overall, of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. After the draft, he continued to play in his native Finland for several years, first for KalPa and then later for TPS. In 1998, Timonen played on the bronze medal-winning Finnish Olympic team in Nagano. Shortly after the Olympics, the Kings traded him, along with Jan Vopat, to the Nashville Predators organization (the team not yet having begun play) in agreement that Nashville would not select Garry Galley in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft.

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Timonen spent his first eight NHL seasons with the Predators.

With the Nashville Predators

During the 1998–99 season, Timonen split time between Nashville and their IHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. The following year, he was promoted to a full-time NHL player. He played the next four seasons for the Predators, steadily improving his offensive output, until the 2004–05 NHL lockout. During the lockout, Timonen played for his hometown team, KalPa, which he partly owns with former Flyers teammate Sami Kapanen. Timonen also persuaded his teammate Adam Hall to play for KalPa for the duration of the lockout.

Timonen represented Finland at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and led his team in scoring with six points, the fifth-highest total overall in the tournament.

On 3 October 2006, Timonen was named the captain of the Nashville Predators for the 2006–07 season. That season proved to be a career year for Timonen, as he registered career highs in both assists and total points.

With the Philadelphia Flyers

Following the 2006–07 season, Timonen was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Shortly after, he signed a six-year, $37.8 million contract extension with them, a deal which made him the highest paid Finn in the NHL. At the time, Timonen's younger brother Jussi Timonen was playing for the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. However, Jussi was subsequently traded to the Dallas Stars early in the 2007–08 season.

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Timonen with the Flyers in 2010.

The Flyers beat the Washington Capitals 4–3 and the Montreal Canadiens 4–1 in the first two rounds of the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs. During Game 4 of the Flyers' series with Montreal, Timonen was hit by a wrist shot on his foot by Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov. Timonen felt numbness in his foot as the week progressed, though believed it to be nothing but a twisted nerve. After an MRI failed to reveal any injury, Timonen had the foot examined at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where, on 8 May, the doctor found a small blood clot in his foot. He was sidelined indefinitely and missed the first four games of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Timonen returned for Game 5, but the Flyers eventually lost the game and their playoff run came to an end.

In the 2009–10 regular season, Timonen led all NHL defensemen in shorthanded goals scored, with two. That year, Timonen would play in his first ever Stanley Cup Finals, though the Flyers would lose to the Chicago Blackhawks in a six-game series.

Timonen scored his 100th career goal on 5 March 2011, against the Buffalo Sabres. He ended the season in a tie with Marc Staal for most shorthanded goals among defensemen, with two.

Timonen recorded his 500th career point with an assist on 1 March 2012, against the New York Islanders. He played his 1,000th NHL game on 18 March 2013, his 37th birthday.

Blood clots and Stanley Cup victory with the Chicago Blackhawks

While preparing for the 2014–15 season, on 5 August 2014, Timonen was diagnosed with blood clots in both of his lungs as well as in his right leg. The serious nature of injury ruled Timonen out indefinitely with the Flyers. Approaching the NHL trade deadline, and returning to health after missing the first 62 games of the season, Timonen was traded by the Flyers to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick and 2016 conditional fourth-round pick on 27 February 2015. He left the Flyers organization as the third most productive defenseman in franchise history, with 270 points in 519 games. On 21 March 2015, he played in his 1,100th NHL game.

On 5 March, Timonen announced his intent to retire from professional hockey after the 2014–15 season. On 15 June, Timonen won his first Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in the final game of his 20-year career. During the celebration, Timonen was the first player to receive the Stanley Cup following captain Jonathan Toews. Timonen reflected on his career stating, "I was dreaming about this moment for a long time, and it’s right here. This game has given me so much, and I’m relieved, happy, ready to leave this game, and I’m leaving this game as a Stanley Cup champion." He was the last active player in the NHL from the 1993 NHL entry draft.

In February 2016, President Barack Obama received the winning Blackhawks team in the White House.

Personal life

Kimmo is married to Johanna Timonen and has 3 children. Kimmo announced his retirement after winning the Stanley Cup in 2015 with the Blackhawks. Timonen owns several restaurants and nightclubs in his hometown of Kuopio.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 KalPa FIN U20 4 0 1 1 2
1991–92 KalPa FIN U20 19 3 7 10 2
1991–92 KalPa SM-l 5 0 0 0 0
1992–93 KalPa FIN U18 3 0 5 5 0
1992–93 KalPa FIN.2 U20 6 6 4 10 2 10 3 11 14 8
1992–93 KalPa SM-l 33 0 2 2 4
1993–94 KalPa FIN.2 U20 1 2 1 3 0 4 2 6 8 0
1993–94 KalPa SM-l 46 6 7 13 55
1994–95 TPS FIN U20 1 0 0 0 0
1994–95 TPS SM-l 45 3 4 7 10 13 0 1 1 11
1995–96 TPS SM-l 48 3 21 24 22 9 1 2 3 12
1996–97 TPS SM-l 50 10 14 24 18 12 2 7 9 8
1997–98 HIFK SM-l 45 10 15 25 24 9 3 4 7 8
1998–99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 29 2 13 15 22
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 50 4 8 12 30
1999–2000 Nashville Predators NHL 51 8 25 33 26
2000–01 Nashville Predators NHL 82 12 13 25 50
2001–02 Nashville Predators NHL 82 13 29 42 28
2002–03 Nashville Predators NHL 72 6 34 40 46
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 77 12 32 44 52 6 0 0 0 10
2004–05 HC Lugano NLA 3 0 1 1 0
2004–05 Brynäs IF SEL 10 5 3 8 8
2004–05 KalPa Mestis 12 4 13 17 6 8 3 7 10 4
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 79 11 39 50 74 5 1 3 4 4
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 80 13 42 55 42 5 0 2 2 4
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 8 36 44 50 13 0 6 6 8
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 3 40 43 54 6 0 1 1 12
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 6 33 39 50 23 1 10 11 20
2010–11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 6 31 37 36 11 1 5 6 14
2011–12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 4 39 43 46 11 1 3 4 23
2012–13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 45 5 24 29 36
2013–14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 6 29 35 32 7 0 1 1 4
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 16 0 0 0 2 18 0 0 0 10
SM-l totals 272 32 63 95 133 43 6 14 20 39
NHL totals 1,108 117 454 571 654 105 4 31 35 109

International

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing Flag of Finland.svg Finland
Winter Olympics
Silver 2006 Turin
Bronze 1998 Nagano
Bronze 2010 Vancouver
Bronze 2014 Sochi
World Cup
Silver 2004 Toronto
World Championships
Silver 1998 Switzerland
Silver 1999 Norway
Silver 2001 Germany
Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1992 Finland EJC 5th 4 0 0 0 0
1993 Finland WJC 5th 7 2 0 2 6
1993 Finland EJC 4th 6 2 2 4 2
1994 Finland WJC 4th 7 3 3 6 4
1995 Finland WJC 4th 7 2 6 8 4
1996 Finland WC 5th 6 0 1 1 0
1998 Finland OG 3 6 0 1 1 2
1998 Finland WC 2 10 2 6 8 4
1999 Finland WC 2 10 1 4 5 6
2001 Finland WC 2 9 2 2 4 10
2002 Finland OG 6th 4 0 1 1 2
2002 Finland WC 4th 9 1 2 3 8
2003 Finland WC 5th 7 2 5 7 2
2004 Finland WCH 2 6 1 5 6 2
2005 Finland WC 7th 6 2 1 3 6
2006 Finland OG 2 8 1 4 5 2
2010 Finland OG 3 6 2 2 4 2
2014 Finland OG 3 6 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 31 9 11 20 16
Senior totals 93 14 36 50 46

Awards

  • 1994 - First Team All-Star selection at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
  • 1997 - Matti Keinonen trophy for best +/- in the SM-liiga
  • Two-time Kanada-malja champion - 1995, 1998 (TPS and HIFK)
  • 2005 - Elected most valuable player in the Mestis playoffs
  • 2005 - Mestis champion (KalPa)
  • Named to NHL All-Star Game: 2000 (unable to play due to injury), 2004, 2007, 2008, 2012
  • Five-time Barry Ashbee Trophy winner as Philadelphia Flyers best defenseman – 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • 2015 - Stanley Cup champion (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • KalPa #44 jersey retired 2016
  • 2020 IIHF Hall of Fame inductee. The induction ceremony was scheduled during the 2020 IIHF World Championship, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The IIHF Hall of Fame class of 2020/2022 was inducted during the 2022 IIHF World Championship.

See also

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