Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mika Noronen
Mika Noronen was born June 17, 1979 in Tampere, Finland. The first round, 21st overall selection of the Buffalo Sabres in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, Noronen who was a two-time member of Finland's World Junior team (1997-1998) played four seasons in the Tampere system before making his North American debut in 1999-00.

A highly touted netminder, Noronen joined the AHL's Rochester Americans in 1999-00 and was subsequently named the recipient of the Red Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL's Top Rookie and named to the AHL All-Rookie Team after finishing the season with a 33-13-4 record and a 2.18 goals against average. Coming off a strong rookie season, Noronen once again demonstrated his strong play in front of the Amerks net in 2000-01, being named to the AHL's Second All-Star Team, while sharing the Harry "Hap" Holmes Award along with Tom Askey for being the AHL's outstanding team goaltenders.

While starring with Rochester, the Buffalo Sabres brass recognized Noronen's strong play and gave him his first opportunity to showcase his talents at the NHL level during the 2000-01 season. Noronen played two games with the Sabres in 2000-01 and went on to play ten more games in 2001-02 while continuing to be the Rochester Americans workhorse in goal.

In 2002-03, Noronen played in a career high 19 games with the Sabres while spending the better part of his fourth season in Rochester. Coming off a career high 19 games in 2002-03, Noronen went on to split the goaltending duties in 2003-04 with Martin Biron. In his first full season with the club, Noronen finished with an 11-17-2 record before returning to Finland in 2004-05 following the NHL lock-out.

After a season back in Finland, Noronen returned to the Sabres in 2005-06 and saw limited action with the club before having his rights acquired by the Vancouver Canucks at the 2006 NHL trading deadline. After competing in only four games with the Cancuks throughout the 2005-06 season, Noronen signed as a free agent with Kazan of the Russian Super League.

On the international stage, Noronen is a three-time member of Finland's World Junior team (1997-1999) and was a member of its 2004 World Championship team in Prague, Czech Republic.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1995-96 Tappara Tampere U18 Fin-U18 5 2.61 5 1.60
1995-96 Tappara Tampere Jr. Fin-Jr. 16 2 2.31
1995-96 Finland EJC-A 3 1.00
1996-97 Tappara Tampere Jr. Fin-Jr. 17
1996-97 Hermes Kokkola Finland-2 2 0 7.25
1996-97 Tappara Tampere Finland 5 1 3 0 0 4.73
1996-97 Finland WJC-A 2 2.00
1996-97 Finland EJC-A 5 1.60
1997-98 Tappara Tampere Jr. Fin-Jr. 6 4 1 1 2.14 4 2 2 0 2.52
1997-98 Tappara Tampere Finland 31 14 12 3 1 2.92 4 1 2 0 3.67
1997-98 Finland WJC-A 5 5 0 0 1 1.53
1998-99 Tappara Tampere Finland 43 18 20 5 2 3.24
1998-99 Finland WJC-A 3 1 2 0 0 4.14
1999-00 Rochester Americans AHL 54 33 13 4 6 2.18 21 13 8 6 1.80
2000-01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2 2 0 0 0 2.78
2000-01 Rochester Americans AHL 47 26 15 5 4 2.18 4 1 3 0 2.64
2001-02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 10 4 3 1 0 2.66
2001-02 Rochester Americans AHL 45 16 17 12 3 2.50 1 0 1 0 3.06
2002-03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 16 4 9 3 1 2.42
2002-03 Rochester Americans AHL 19 5 9 5 2 2.82
2003-04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 35 11 17 2 2 2.57
2003-04 Finland WC-A 5 2 2 1 1 2.33
2004-05 HPK Hameenlinna Finland 27 14 8 4 1 2.01 9 4 4 1 2.61
2005-06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 4 1 2 0 0 4.26
2005-06 Rochester Americans AHL 2 0 2 0 0 2.99
2005-06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 4 1 1 0 0 3.53
2006-07 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 33 2 2.11 16 0 2.23
2007-08 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 15 0 2.45
2008-09 Linkopings HC Sweden 3 0 4.13 3 1 2.17
2008-09 Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod KHL 14 1 2.86
2009-10 JYP Jyvaskyla Finland 6 5 1 0 0 2.30
2009-10 HIFK Helsinki Finland 25 17 8 0 2 2.34 6 2 4 1 2.42
2010-11 Lukko Rauma Finland 27 13 10 4 5 2.06 12 6 6 1 2.22
2011-12 Lukko Rauma Finland 50 17 22 8 2 2.61 1 0 1 0 5.19
2012-13 Tappara Tampere Finland 1 1 0 0 0 3.00 1 0 0 0 0.00
NHL Totals 71 23 32 6 3 2.67


AHL All-Rookie Team (2000) AHL Second All-Star Team (2000, 2001) Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (Rookie of the Year - AHL) (2000)
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against - AHL) (2001) (shared with Tom Askey)
Signed as a free agent by Hameenlinna (Finland), November 2, 2004. Traded to Vancouver by Buffalo for Vancouver's 2nd round choice (Jhonas Enroth) in 2006 Entry Draft, March 9, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Kazan (Russia), August 4, 2006.