Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kimmo Timonen
Born in Kuppio, Finland, Kimmo Timonen spent several years with his hometown Kalpa club and TPS Turku before making his NHL debut in 1998. He was originally drafted 250th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 1993 but opted to stay home. In 1998 he helped his country win the bronze medal at the Nagano Olympics. A few months later he was traded to the expansion Nashville Predators.

In 1998-99 Timonen adjusted well to the NHL and helped the Preds remain fairly competitive. The next year he recorded 33 points and was used in a number of different situations. During the 2000-01, the clever rearguard helped Nashville improve to 80 points and scored 12 goals, including six on the powerplay. An offensively gifted defenceman, Timonen improved his offensive totals to 42 points in 2001-02 and 40 points in 2002-03 despite missing 12 games due to injury.

With five seasons under his belt, Timonen established a career high in points (12-32-44) during the 2003-04 season and helped lead the Preds' to their first playoff appearance in franchise history. He helped a surging Preds' club for another two seasons while setting new career highs in assists (42) and points (55) during the 2006-07 season. However, under new ownership the Predators opted to trade Timonen to the Philadelphia Flyers in the summer of 2007.

Aside his appearance at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, the Kuppio native has represented his homeland on numerous occasions, including; three times at the World Junior Championships (1993-1995), seven times at the World Championships (1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005), while making a second and third trip to the Winter Olympics in 2002 and 2006 and two trips to the World Cup tournament (1996 and 2004).

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 KalPa Kuopio Jr. Fin-Jr. 4 0 1 1 2
1991-92 KalPa Kuopio Jr. Fin-Jr. 32 7 10 17 4
1991-92 KalPa Kuopio Finland 5 0 0 0 0
1992-93 KalPa Kuopio U18 Fin-U18 3 0 5 5 0
1992-93 KalPa Kuopio Jr. Fin-Jr. 16 9 15 24 10
1992-93 KalPa Kuopio Finland 33 0 2 2 4
1992-93 Finland WJC-A 7 2 0 2 6
1992-93 Finland EJC-A 6 2 2 4 2
1993-94 KalPa Kuopio Jr. Fin-Jr. 5 4 7 11 0
1993-94 KalPa Kuopio Finland 46 6 7 13 55
1993-94 Finland WJC-A 7 3 3 6 4
1994-95 TPS Turku Jr. Fin-Jr. 1 0 0 0 0
1994-95 TPS Turku Finland 45 3 4 7 10 13 0 1 1 6
1994-95 Finland WJC-A 7 2 6 8 4
1995-96 TPS Turku Finland 48 3 21 24 22 9 1 2 3 12
1995-96 Finland WC-A 6 0 1 1 0
1996-97 Finland W-Cup
1996-97 TPS Turku Finland 50 10 14 24 18 12 2 7 9 6
1996-97 TPS Turku EuroHL 6 1 0 1 27 4 0 1 1 0
1997-98 HIFK Helsinki Finland 45 10 15 25 24 9 3 4 7 8
1997-98 Finland Olympics 6 0 1 1 2
1997-98 Finland WC-A 10 2 6 8 4
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 50 4 8 12 30 -4
1998-99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 29 2 13 15 22 0
1998-99 Finland WC-A 10 1 4 5 6
1999-00 Nashville Predators NHL 51 8 25 33 26 -5
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 82 12 13 25 50 -6
2000-01 Finland WC-A 9 2 2 4 10 +7
2001-02 Nashville Predators NHL 82 13 29 42 28 +2
2001-02 Finland Olympics 4 0 1 1 2 -1
2001-02 Finland WC-A 9 1 2 3 8 -3
2002-03 Nashville Predators NHL 72 6 34 40 46 -3
2002-03 Finland WC-A 7 2 5 7 2 +1
2003-04 Nashville Predators NHL 77 12 32 44 52 -7 6 0 0 0 10
2004-05 Finland W-Cup 6 1 5 6 2
2004-05 HC Lugano Swiss 3 0 1 1 0
2004-05 Brynas IF Gavle Sweden 10 5 3 8 8
2004-05 KalPa Kuopio Finland-2 12 4 13 17 6 8 3 7 10 4
2004-05 Finland WC-A 6 2 1 3 6 -1
2005-06 Nashville Predators NHL 79 11 39 50 74 -3 5 1 3 4 4
2005-06 Finland Olympics 8 1 4 5 2 +2
2006-07 Nashville Predators NHL 80 13 42 55 42 +20 5 0 2 2 4
2007-08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 8 36 44 50 0 13 0 6 6 8
2008-09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 3 40 43 54 +19 6 0 1 1 12
2009-10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 6 33 39 50 -2 23 1 10 11 20
2009-10 Finland Olympics 6 2 2 4 2 +2
2010-11 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 6 31 37 36 +11 11 1 5 6 14
2011-12 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 4 39 43 46 +8 11 1 3 4 23
2012-13 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 45 5 24 29 36 +3
2013-14 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 6 29 35 32 +5 7 0 1 1 4
2013-14 Finland Olympics 6 0 2 2 2 +4
NHL Totals 1092 117 454 571 652 87 4 31 35 99


Olympic All-Star Team (2006) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2004, 2007, 2008, 2012) Traded to Nashville by Los Angeles with Jan Vopat for future considerations, June 26, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Lugano (Swiss), October 31, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Gavle (Sweden), November 8, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Kuopio (Finland-2), January 3, 2005. Traded to Philadelphia by Nashville with Scott Hartnell for Nashville's 1st round choice (previously acquired, Nashville selected Jonathon Blum) in 2007 Entry Draft, June 18, 2007.