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Sami Salo
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Born 2 September 1974 (1974-09-02) (age 45)
Turku, Finland
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Played for TPS
Jokerit
Ottawa Senators
Vancouver Canucks
Frölunda HC
Tampa Bay Lightning
National team Flag of Finland.svg Finland
NHL Draft 239th overall, 1996
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 1994–2015

Sami Sakari Salo (born 2 September 1974) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey defenceman of the National Hockey League (NHL). He began his professional career with TPS of the SM-liiga before being selected by the Ottawa Senators with their last pick in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the Senators in 1998–99 and was selected to the NHL All-Rookie Team. In the 2002 off-season, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks with whom he recorded three 30-point campaigns. Prior to the 2012–13 NHL season he signed with the Lightning as a free agent. Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Salo played overseas with Frölunda HC of the Swedish Elite League and helped the club capture the Le Mat Trophy as league champions. Internationally, Salo has competed for Finland, appearing in two World Championships, three Winter Olympics and one World Cup. He won silver medals at the 2001 World Championships and the 2006 Winter Olympics, as well as a bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Throughout his career, Salo became infamous for being injury-prone, having suffered over 40 career injuries. Despite his injuries, he was known as a two-way defenceman with a powerful slapshot.

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