Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kai Nurminen
Left-winger Kai Nurminen spent the 1996-97 season with the Los Angeles Kings. He was better known in Europe where played domestically and internationally for Finland and also skated in the Swiss Elite League.

The native of Turku, Finland, started with the second division teams TuTo and Kiekko-67. In 1992-93 he joined his hometown's TPS club and remained there for two seasons. Nurminen also played for HPK Hameenlinna and HV 71. After scoring 31 goals in 40 games for HV-71 and representing Finland at the 1996 World Championships, the young forward was chosen 193rd overall by the Los Angeles Kings at the Entry Draft.

After representing Finland at the 1996 World Cup, Nurminen joined the Kings. He scored 16 goals and saw a fair bit of time on the powerplay while adding speed to the club. When LA missed the playoffs, Nurminen made his second consecutive appearance for his country at the World Championships. He returned to Europe in 1997-98 and split the year between Sweden's Vastra Frolunda and the Jokerit Helsinki of Finland.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 TPS Turku U18 Fin-U18 15 13 17 30 12
1986-87 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 2 0 1 1 0
1987-88 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 32 9 7 16 16
1988-89
1989-90 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 35 28 17 45 32
1990-91 TuTo Turku Finland-2 33 26 20 46 14
1991-92 Kiekko-67 Turku Finland-2 44 44 19 63 34
1992-93 Kiekko-67 Turku Finland-2 8 6 4 10 2
1992-93 TPS Turku Finland 31 4 6 10 13 7 1 2 3 0
1993-94 TPS Turku Finland 45 23 12 35 20 11 0 3 3 4
1994-95 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 49 30 25 55 40
1995-96 HV 71 Jonkoping Sweden 40 31 24 55 30 4 3 1 4 8
1995-96 Finland WC-A 6 4 2 6 6
1996-97 Finland W-Cup 2 0 1 1 0
1996-97 Los Angeles Kings NHL 67 16 11 27 22 -3
1996-97 Finland WC-A 6 3 0 3 0
1997-98 Vastra Frolunda HC Goteborg Sweden 23 9 7 16 24
1997-98 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 20 7 9 16 6 8 5 3 8 4
1998-99 HC Davos Swiss 42 26 14 40 26
1999-00 TPS Turku Finland 54 41 37 78 40 10 5 9 14 0
1999-00 TPS Turku EuroHL 5 4 2 6 4 5 2 5 7 4
2000-01 Minnesota Wild NHL 2 1 0 1 2 -1
2000-01 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 74 28 46 74 34 +6 1 0 0 0 0
2001-02 TPS Turku Finland 52 15 18 33 42 8 0 2 2 2
2002-03 TPS Turku Finland 56 22 18 40 44 7 0 1 1 0
2003-04 TPS Turku Finland 52 23 22 45 18 13 6 3 9 33
2004-05 TPS Turku Finland 54 25 24 49 42 6 1 3 4 6
2005-06 TPS Turku Finland 55 14 17 31 44 2 0 1 1 4
2006-07 TPS Turku Finland 44 20 20 40 42 2 1 0 1 4
2007-08 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 26 8 11 19 18
NHL Totals 69 17 11 28 24


Finnish Elite League First All-Star Team (1995) Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, May 24, 2000. Signed as a free agent by TPS Turku (Finland), April 20, 2001.
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