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Ville Nieminen
Ville Nieminen
Left Wing
(nee-EHM-ih-nehn, VIHL-ee)
Number: 32
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 220
Shoots: Left
Born: Apr 6, 1977
Birthplace: Tampere, Finland
Hometown: Tampere, Finland
Acquired: Acquired from San Jose along with a conditional first round pick in the 2007 NHL draft and forward Jay Barriball in exchange for Bill Guerin on Feb. 27, 2007
Drafted: COL / 1997 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (78th overall)
2005-06: Registered 42 hits in 22 games with the SharksScored a shorthanded goal on April 3 at Dallas Registered his first two points (1-1=2) as a Shark on March 18 against Dallas along with seven hitsTotaled five hits in his first game as a Shark against Edmonton on March 11His teams (Rangers/Sharks) posted a 7-0-1 record when he scored a goal (2-0-1 with the Sharks)Posted a four-game point-scoring streak from Jan. 14-21, collecting four assistsTallied his first goal as a Ranger, the game-winning tally, on Oct. 13 vs. New Jersey...Playoffs: Led the NHL in hits (38) through the first two rounds of the playoffs...Registered a team playoff-high 15 hits in Game One of the WCSF vs. Edmonton on May 7...Led the team in penalty minutes (24)...T-3rd in NHL during the CQF with 20 penalty minutes... Received 12 penalty minutes, including a 10-minute misconduct, at Nashville in Game 2 of the WCQF on April 23...Olympics: Helped Team Finland capture a silver medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics, registering one assist along with eight penalty minutes in eight games.

CAREER 2004-05: Appeared in 26 games with Tampere (Finland), registering 14 goals (third on team) and 13 assistsHis 27 points ranked third on the team, while his point-per-game ratio led the clubIn eight postseason contests, led club in scoring, collecting two goals and four assists for six pointsRepresented Finland at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey... 2003-04: Split the season between Chicago and CalgaryRecorded two goals and 11 assists in 60 games with Chicago and three goals and five assists in 19 games with the FlamesNetted his first goal with Calgary on March 9 vs. Edmonton...Skated in his first game with the Flames on Feb. 26 vs. DetroitWas acquired on Feb. 24 from ChicagoPosted a three-game point streak (one goal and two assists) from Dec. 19-23...Tallied his first goal as a Blackhawk and added an assist in a 2-2 tie on Oct. 28 at Phoenix...Skated in his first game with Chicago on Oct. 8 vs. Minnesota and notched his first point/assist with the team Skated in two games with Team Finland at the 2004 World Cup of HockeyPlayoffs: Appeared in 24 postseason contests, recording four goals and four assists for eight points, helping Calgary reach the Stanley Cup Finals2002-03: Appeared in 75 games with Pittsburgh, registering nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points, along with 93 penalty minutesLed the team in shorthanded goals (two) Posted a point in three consecutive games from Feb. 15-202001-02: Split the season between Colorado and PittsburghTallied 10 goals and 14 assists in 53 games with ColoradoHad one goal and two assists in 13 games with Pittsburgh after being acquired from Colorado on March 19Set career highs in points (27) and assists (16)Tied for first on Colorado with five game-winning goals at the time of the tradeRecorded a career-high three points (one goal and two assists) on Jan. 9 vs. Chicago and on March 17 at NashvillePosted a three-game point streak from March 6-11 (1-3=4)Appeared in his first game with Pittsburgh on March 20 vs. PhoenixRecorded his first assist/point as a Penguin on March 24 vs. WashingtonTallied his first goal with Pittsburgh on April 4 at Tampa BayOlympics: Posted one assist in four games at the 2002 Winter Olympics for Finland2000-01: Split season with Colorado and Hershey (AHL)...Recorded 14 goals and eight assists, along with 38 penalty minutes in 50 games with ColoradoSet a career high with 14 goals...Tied for fifth among NHL rookies in game-winning goals with threeTallied a goal in three consecutive games from Jan. 27-Feb. 1Registered 10 goals and 11 assists in 28 games with HersheyWas selected to play in the AHL All-Star GamePlayoffs: Helped the Avalanche capture the Stanley Cup, collecting four goals and six assists in 23 gamesLed all NHL rookies in points (10), goals, assists, power-play goals (three) and power-play points (four) in the postseasonTallied his first career playoff goal in Game Two of the WCQF vs. Vancouver on April 141999-00: Made NHL debut on Jan. 29 at St. Louis...Skated in 74 games with Hershey, totaling 21 goals and 30 assists for 51 pointsRanked seventh on Hershey in points, tied for fourth in goals and seventh in assists1998-99: Seventh on the team in points (43) and third in goals (24)1997-98: Made his North American debut, playing in 74 games with HersheyEighth on Hershey in points (36), T-5th in goals (14) and T-2nd with a plus-6Represented Finland in the 1997 World Junior Tournament, recording two goals and five assists in six games1996-97: Registered seven points in six games for his country at the World Junior Championships.
PERSONAL Engaged to be married (Kaisa)they have a son (Viljami)favorites: Him (Finnish group - musicians); "Big Brother" (Finnish version - television show); Aldo's (San Jose area restaurant); Russian pelmenes (food); "Silent Bob Strikes Back" (movie); my summer cottage in Finland (vacation spot); Vesa Toskala's boat (hometown hangout); (a tribute to himself - website)summer activities included yard work at the summer cottage, boating and lumberjackinglikes to play golfif he wasn't in hockey, he'd be a firefighter or a lumberjackhockey idol is fellow countryman and former NHL left wing Esa Tikkanen"Nemo" describes himself as funny and easy goingmemorable NHL moment was winning the 2001 Stanley Cup with Coloradohas the Ville Nieminen Fund for young hockey players in Finland. Every time he scores a goal, 30 people back in Finland contribute to the fundbest part about growing up in Finland: it was an easy life and you didn't need a carif he could meet someone in history, he'd like to meet his fatherbefore each game and during intermissions, he reads his own "playbook"three wishes: happiness, health for family and world peace.





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