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Finland VILLE NIEMINEN  
Last team: Lukko - 2015

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BIRTHYEAR 1977-04-06 BIRTHPLACETampere, FIN
AGE 40 NATION Finland
POSITION LW/RW SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 183 cm / 6'0" WEIGHT 94 kg / 207 lbs
YOUTH TEAM Tappara STATUS Retired
NHL DRAFT 1997 round 3 #78 overall by Colorado Avalanche
SOCIAL Ville Nieminen Twitter Ville Nieminen  
HIGHLIGHTS
1-time Olympic Silver Medal 1
1-time NHL Stanley Cup Champion 1

Nieminen is a hard workinger winger who plays a very gritty game. Provides energy and tenacity, and is a strong forechecker.
- Ulf Andersson, EP

Father: Esa Nieminen
Mother-in-law: Anne Nurmi
Son: Viljami Nieminen
Niece: Linnea Melotindos

Team Staff profile of Ville Nieminen also available

ę Photo: Timo Savela

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 1992-93 Tappara U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 37 32 296172 |              
 1993-94 Tappara U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 29 13 203366 | Playoffs 5 1 230  
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 3 1 016 |            
 1994-95 Tappara U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 15 14 183258 | Playoffs 7 2 161822  
  Tappara U20 Jr. A I-divisioona 12 10 172730 | Qualification 4 1 4527
  Tappara Liiga 16 0 000 -7 |            
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 3 1 120 |            
 1995-96 Tappara U20 Jr. A I-divisioona 6 9 101929 | Qualification 14 11 132434  
  Tappara Liiga 4 0 118 0 |            
  KOOVEE  I-divisioona 7 2 134 |            
 1996-97 Tappara Liiga 49 10 1323120 -14 | Playoffs 3 1 018
  Finland U20 WJC-20 6 2 572 |            
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 11 3 71022 |            
 1997-98 Hershey Bears AHL 74 14 223685 6 |            
 1998-99 Hershey Bears AHL 67 24 1943127 1 | Playoffs 3 0 110
 1999-00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 1 0 000 0 |            
  Hershey Bears AHL 74 21 305154 -11 |            
 2000-01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 50 14 82238 8 | Playoffs 23 4 61020 -1 
  Hershey Bears AHL 28 10 112148 -2 |            
 2001-02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 53 10 142430 1 |            
  Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 1 238 -2 |            
  Finland OG 4 0 112 1 |            
  Finland (all) International 4 0 112 1 |            
 2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 9 122193 -25 |            
 2003-04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 2 111340 -15 |            
  Calgary Flames NHL 19 3 5818 6 | Playoffs 24 4 4855
  Finland WCup 2 0 000 |            
 2004-05 Tappara  Liiga 26 14 132732 3 | Playoffs 8 2 4612
 2005-06 New York Rangers NHL 48 5 121753 10 |            
  San Jose Sharks NHL 22 3 4710 -3 | Playoffs 11 0 2224 -1 
  Finland OG 8 0 114 1 |            
 2006-07 San Jose Sharks NHL 30 1 1214 -7 |            
  St. Louis Blues NHL 14 0 0029 -1 |            
 2007-08 Malm÷ Redhawks Allsvenskan 34 9 1524124 4 | Kvalserien SHL 10 2 4610
 2008-09 Tappara  Liiga 55 22 204282 -7 | Relegation 3 3 252
 2009-10 Tappara  Liiga 50 15 1429142 7 | Playoffs 9 3 3616
 2010-11 Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 53 12 233562 3 | Playoffs 4 1 120 -3 
 2011-12 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL 6 1 014 1 |            
  Dinamo Riga KHL 16 0 1114 -7 |            
  Írebro HK Allsvenskan 15 4 5916 -1 | Kvalserien SHL 6 0 002
 2012-13 Tappara  Liiga 57 22 2850132 17 | Playoffs 15 3 3641
 2013-14 Tappara  Liiga 55 7 1522115 13 | Playoffs 17 3 3612
 2014-15 Lukko  Liiga 50 4 101428 -3 | Playoffs 13 0 332
 
 TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
 2012-13 Tappara  ET 5 0 1160 | Playoffs 2 0 114  
 2013-14 Tappara ET 8 0 1118 |            
 2014-15 Lukko Champions HL 7 0 004 -1 |            


TEAM STAFF HISTORY
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE ROLE ON TEAM NOTES
 2015-2016 KeuPa HT MestisHead Coach  
 2016-2017 Jukurit LiigaAsst. Coach  
 2017-2018 Jukurit LiigaAsst. Coach  


CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
      Postseason
  AHL: 243 69 82 151 0.62 314  -6  | 3 0 1 1 0.33
  Allsvenskan: 49 13 20 33 0.67 140  | 16 2 4 6 0.38 12 
  Champions HL: 7 0 0 0 0.00 -1  |    
  ET: 13 0 2 2 0.15 78  | 2 0 1 1 0.50
  I-divisioona: 7 2 1 3 0.43 |    
  International: 4 0 1 1 0.25 |    
  International-Jr: 17 5 8 13 0.76 28  |    
  Jr. A I-divisioona: 18 19 27 46 2.56 59  | 18 12 17 29 1.61 61 
  Jr. B SM-sarja: 44 27 38 65 1.48 124  | 12 3 18 21 1.75 22 
  Jr. C SM-sarja: 37 32 29 61 1.65 72  |    
  KHL: 75 13 24 37 0.49 80  -3  | 4 1 1 2 0.50 -3 
  Liiga: 362 94 114 208 0.57 659  | 68 15 18 33 0.49 93 
  NHL: 385 48 69 117 0.30 333  -28  | 58 8 12 20 0.34 99  -2 
  OG: 12 0 2 2 0.17 |    
  WCup: 2 0 0 0 0.00 |    
  WJC-20: 6 2 5 7 1.17 |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
1992-1993 Jr. C SM-sarja Bronze Medal
2000-2001 NHL Stanley Cup Champion
2003-2004 World Cup Runner Up
2005-2006 Olympic Silver Medal
2012-2013 SM-liiga Playoffs Most Penalized Player (41min)
  SM-liiga Silver Medal
2013-2014 SM-liiga Silver Medal
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- Jr. C SM-sarja Bronze Medal 92/93
- NHL Stanley Cup Champion 00/01
- Olympic Silver Medal 05/06
- SM-liiga Playoffs Most Penalized Player 12/13
- SM-liiga Silver Medal 13/14, 12/13
- World Cup Runner Up 03/04



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
2015-04-19 Confirmed Lukko Retired
2014-05-28 Confirmed Tappara Lukko
2013-05-20 Extension Tappara Tappara 1 year 
2012-05-02 Confirmed Írebro HK Tappara
2012-01-02 Confirmed Dinamo Riga Írebro HK
2011-11-01 Confirmed Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk Dinamo Riga
2011-05-06 Confirmed Sibir Novosibirsk Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk
2010-06-15 Confirmed Tappara Sibir Novosibirsk


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
 
 
Cult/Star player for Tappara
Cult/Star player for KOOVEE