Sami Salo : biography
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.
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.
|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|
Regular season and playoffs
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|2012–13||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||46||2||15||17||16||—||—||—||—||—|
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