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Ville Nieminen
Ice hockey player

Ville Nieminen

Ville Nieminen
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Intro Ice hockey player
Is Athlete Ice hockey player
From Finland
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 6 April 1977, Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Western and Central Finland Regional State Administrative Agency, Finland
Age 45 years
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Biography

Ville Juhani Nieminen (born April 6, 1980) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey forward who played over 400 games in the National Hockey League.

Playing career

Nieminen started his professional hockey career with Tappara in the Finnish SM-liiga, in the 1994–95 season. He was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche as their third-round pick, #78 overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Nieminen spent three seasons in the AHL with the Hershey Bears before moving to the NHL.

Known for his non-stop motor mouth and aggressive in-your-face style of play, Nieminen is an annoying opponent in the rink, whose style is heavily reminiscent of Esa Tikkanen. Nieminen has a relaxed personality outside the rink and his odd sense of humour is his trademark.

Nieminen has played for several teams in the NHL, and spent the 2004–05 lockout season playing for his home team, Tappara. He signed with the New York Rangers for the 2005–06 NHL season, and was traded to San Jose on March 8, 2006.

He represented Finland in international play at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and when he was unable to compete at the 2005 IIHF World Championships, he provided commentary on Finnish television with fellow NHL player Tuomo Ruutu. Ville is a popular colour commentator due to his sense of humour and knowledge of the game.

On February 27, 2007, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues. His contract expired in July, and he signed a two-year contract with the Malmö Redhawks, then of the Swedish Allsvenskan. After a single season Nieminen returned to his native land signing with his original club Tappara of the SM-liiga.

On June 16, 2010, Nieminen signed a one-year contract with Russian team, HC Sibir Novosibirsk, of the KHL.

On May 6, 2011, Nieminen signed a one-year deal to remain in Russia Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk. During the 2011–12 season, Nieminen remained unsettled, and moved twice in stints with Dinamo Riga and Örebro HK of the HockeyAllsvenskan.

Nieminen returned to Finland the following season, re-joining original club, Tappara on a two-year deal on May 2, 2012. During the 2012–13 season, Nieminen enjoyed a scoring resurgence, leading the team with 22 goals and 50 points in a second place regular season finish. He helped Tappara to a silver medal finish in the playoffs, leading the league with 41 penalty minutes.

Nieminen played a final professional season in 2014–15 with Lukko, scoring 14 points in 50 games, before opting to pursue a coaching career as head coach with Mestis club KeuPa.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Tappara SM-l 16 0 0 0 0
1995–96 Tappara SM-l 4 0 1 1 8
1996–97 Tappara SM-l 49 10 13 23 120 3 1 0 1 8
1997–98 Hershey Bears AHL 74 14 22 36 85
1998–99 Hershey Bears AHL 67 24 19 43 127 3 0 1 1 0
1999–00 Hershey Bears AHL 74 21 30 51 54 9 2 4 6 6
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Hershey Bears AHL 28 10 11 21 48
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 50 14 8 22 38 23 4 6 10 20
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 53 10 14 24 30
2001–02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 13 1 2 3 8
2002–03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 9 12 21 93
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 2 11 13 40
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 19 3 5 8 18 24 4 4 8 55
2004–05 Tappara SM-l 26 14 13 27 32 8 2 4 6 12
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 48 5 12 17 53
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 22 3 4 7 10 11 0 2 2 24
2006–07 San Jose Sharks NHL 30 1 1 2 14
2006–07 St. Louis Blues NHL 14 0 0 0 29
2007–08 Malmö Redhawks Allsv 34 9 15 24 124 3 1 3 4 6
2008–09 Tappara SM-l 55 21 20 41 82
2009–10 Tappara SM-l 50 15 14 29 142 9 3 3 6 16
2010–11 HC Sibir Novosibirsk KHL 53 12 23 35 62 4 1 1 2 0
2011–12 Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk KHL 6 1 0 1 4
2011–12 Dinamo Riga KHL 16 0 1 1 14
2011–12 Örebro HK Allsv 15 5 4 9 16 6 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Tappara SM-l 57 22 28 50 132 15 3 3 6 41
2013–14 Tappara Liiga 55 7 15 22 115 17 3 3 6 12
2014–15 Lukko Liiga 50 4 10 14 28 4 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 385 48 69 117 333 58 8 12 20 99

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Finland WJC 5th 6 2 5 7 2
2002 Finland OG 6th 4 0 1 1 2
2004 Finland WCH 02 !2nd, silver medalist(s) 2 0 0 0 0
2006 Finland OG 02 !2nd, silver medalist(s) 8 0 1 1 4
Junior totals 6 2 5 7 2
Senior totals 14 0 2 2 6

Awards and honours

Award Year
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