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Sami Salo : biography

2 September 1974 -

Sami Sakari Salo (born September 2, 1974) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). He began his professional career with TPS of the SM-liiga before being selected by the Ottawa Senators with their last pick in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the Senators in 1998–99 and was selected to the NHL All-Rookie Team. In the 2002 off-season, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks with whom he has recorded three 30-point campaigns. Prior to the 2012–13 NHL season he signed with the Lightning as a free agent. Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Salo played overseas with Frölunda HC of the Swedish Elite League and helped the club capture the Le Mat Trophy as league champions. Internationally, Salo has competed for Finland, appearing in two World Championships, three Winter Olympics and one World Cup. He won silver medals at the 2001 World Championships and the 2006 Winter Olympics, as well as a bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Throughout his career, Salo has become infamous for being injury prone, having suffered over 40 career injuries. He is known as a two-way defenceman with a powerful slapshot.

Playing style

Salo is known as a two-way defenceman, capable of being matched up against opposing team's top players, while also contributing offensively. His offensive game is characterized by his powerful slapshot. He has won numerous hardest shot titles with the Canucks in the team's SuperSkills competitions, clocking one shot at 102.7 miles-per-hour (163.5 kph) in 2012. As a result, he is used frequently on the powerplay, being set up by teammates for shots from the point. A well-rounded defenceman, Salo also earns time on the penalty kill.

Awards

Award Year
NHL All-Rookie Team 1999
Le Mat Trophy (with Frölunda HC) 2005
Silver medal (with Finland) 2001 World Championships 2006 Winter Olympics
Bronze medal (with Finland) 2010 Winter Olympics

Notes

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 TPS Turku SM-l 7 1 2 3 6 1 0 0 0 0
1995–96 TPS Turku SM-l 47 7 14 21 32 11 1 3 4 8
1996–97 TPS Turku SM-l 48 9 6 15 10 10 2 3 5 4
1997–98 Jokerit SM-l 35 3 5 8 10 8 0 1 1 2
1998–99 Ottawa Senators NHL 61 7 12 19 24 4 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Detroit Vipers IHL 5 0 2 2 0
1999–00 Ottawa Senators NHL 37 6 8 14 2 6 1 1 2 0
2000–01 Ottawa Senators NHL 31 2 16 18 10 4 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Ottawa Senators NHL 66 4 14 18 14 12 2 1 3 4
2002–03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 9 21 30 10 12 1 3 4 0
2003–04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 74 7 19 26 22 7 1 2 3 2
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 41 6 8 14 18 14 1 6 7 2
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 59 10 23 33 32
2006–07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 67 14 23 37 26 10 0 1 1 4
2007–08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 63 8 17 25 38
2008–09 Vancouver Canucks NHL 60 5 20 25 26 7 3 4 7 2
2009–10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 68 9 19 28 18 12 1 5 6 2
2010–11 Manitoba Moose AHL 3 2 0 2 2
2010–11 Vancouver Canucks NHL 27 3 4 7 14 21 3 2 5 2
2011–12 Vancouver Canucks NHL 69 9 16 25 10 5 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 46 2 15 17 16
NHL totals 807 95 227 322 268 100 12 19 31 16
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