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Niko Kapanen
[1]
Born April 29, 1978 (1978-04-29) (age 32),

Hattula, Finland

Height

Weight

5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)

180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)

Position Centre
Shoots Left

Niko Klaus Petteri Kapanen (born 29 April 1978) is a Finnish professional ice hockey centre, currently playing for Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).


Playing careerEdit

Kapanen was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 6th round as the 173rd overall pick in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. During the 2005–6 season, Kapanen recorded a career high in goals (14), and points (35). He scored his first career hat-trick on February 9, 2006 against the Phoenix Coyotes in a 5–1 victory.[1]

On June 24, 2006, Kapanen was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers, along with 7th round draft pick in 2006, for defenceman Jaroslav Modry and centerman Patrik Stefan. During his first season with the Thrashers, Kapanen was picked up off the waiver list by the Phoenix Coyotes.[2]

On June 9, 2008, Kapanen signed for Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).[3]

International playEdit

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Finland
Olympic Games
Silver 2006 Turin Ice hockey
Bronze 2010 Vancouver Tournament
World Championships
Bronze 2000 St Petersburg Ice hockey
Silver 2001 Cologne Ice hockey
Silver 2007 Moscow Ice hockey
Bronze 2008 Quebec City Ice hockey
World Cup
Silver 2004 Canada Ice hockey
World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
Gold 1998 Finland Ice hockey

Played for Finland in:

  • 1998 - World Junior Championships (Gold medal)
  • 2000 - World Championships (Bronze medal)
  • 2001 - World Championships (Silver medal)
  • 2002 - World Championships
  • 2004 - World Championships
  • 2004 - World Cup of Hockey (Runner-up)
  • 2005 - World Championships
  • 2006 - Winter Olympics (Silver medal)
  • 2007 - World Championships (Silver medal)
  • 2008 - World Championships (Bronze medal)
  • 2009 - World Championships
  • 2010 - Winter Olympics (Bronze medal)

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 HPK SM-liiga 7 1 0 1 0
1996–97 HPK SM-liiga 41 6 9 15 12 10 4 5 9 2
1997–98 HPK SM-liiga 48 8 18 26 44
1998–99 HPK SM-liiga 53 14 29 43 49 8 3 4 7 4
1999–00 HPK SM-liiga 53 20 28 48 40 8 1 9 10 4
2000–01 TPS SM-liiga 56 11 22 33 20 10 2 1 3 0
2001–02 Utah Grizzlies AHL 59 13 28 41 40 5 2 1 3 0
2001–02 Dallas Stars NHL 9 0 1 1 2
2002–03 Dallas Stars NHL 82 5 29 34 55 12 4 3 7 12
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 67 1 5 6 16 1 1 0 1 0
2004–05 EV Zug NLA 44 10 33 43 24 9 2 5 7 35
2005–06 Dallas Stars NHL 81 14 21 35 36 5 0 1 1 10
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 60 4 9 13 20
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 19 2 7 9 8
2007–08 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 10 18 28 34
2008–09 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 53 12 19 31 22 21 1 9 10 16
2009–10 Ak Bars Kazan KHL 54 12 15 27 44 22 8 9 17 6
NHL totals 397 36 90 126 160 18 5 4 9 22
KHL totals 107 24 32 56 66 43 9 18 27 22

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Finland Jr. WJC 6 4 4 8 0
1998 Finland Jr. WJC 7 2 5 7 2
2000 Finland WC 9 4 3 7 4
2001 Finland WC 9 3 1 4 8
2002 Finland WC 9 0 4 4 10
2004 Finland WC 7 3 2 5 14
2004 Finland W-Cup 6 1 2 3 0
2005 Finland WC 7 1 4 5 8
2006 Finland OG 8 2 1 3 2
2007 Finland WC 9 0 7 7 6
2008 Finland WC 9 2 5 7 0
2009 Finland WC 7 7 3 10 0
2010 Finland OG 6 0 2 2 0

AwardsEdit

  • 2003 — Played in NHL YoungStars Game

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