Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | November 6, 2011

Man of the Day 11/5: Kimmo Timonen

Kimmo Timonen

Born March 18. 1975 (age 36) in Kuopio, Finland

Defenseman and alternate captain of the Philadelphia Flyers

We love the Finns here at AiP, so let’s look at another! Kimmo played junior hockey with SM-liiga and was the youngest player to play for the Finnish team at the 1993 World Junior Championships – he was 17 at the time! He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1993 but stayed in Finland, even playing on the Finnish Olympic team in Nagano, till 1998 when the Kings traded him to the Nashville Predators before their inaugural season.

He spent a season hopping between the Preds and the Milwaukee Admirals, and in the 1999-2000 season he became a full roster member. The next four years were spent in Nashville before the Year That Never Was, and during the lockout he played in leagues in Switzerland, Sweden and his native Finland. By the 2005-06 season he was made captain of the Preds and had career-high totals in points and assists. After that season, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, who also had his little brother Jussi with their AHL team (he was traded to Dallas not long after big brother signed with Philly).

Are you trying to shoot? Really? Kimmo doesn't like that.

In the 2008 playoffs, Kimmo was hit by a wrister from Montreal’s Andrei Markov. He didn’t think anything of the numbness in his foot till it steadily got worse. He thought it was a pinched nerve, but tests didn’t show anything till he got a second opinion and found a blood clot in his foot. He had to miss the first four games of the Eastern Conference finals, and when he was able to join the team for game five, they lost.

This year, Kimmo has 10 assists in the young season. With new guys like Jakub Voracek and Jaromir Jagr on offense, you know he’ll be a force to be reckoned with defending the net!

Kimmo's in the black shorts. Yes, we certainly love our Finns.

– Krista

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