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Janne Niinimaa

Janne Niinimaa  #6

Defenseman
NUMBER: 6 BIRTHDATE: May 22, 1975
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Raahe, Finland
WEIGHT: 220 DRAFTED: PHI / 1993 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 2nd   (36th overall)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1997) Played in NHL All-Star Game (2001) Traded to Edmonton by Philadelphia for Dan McGillis and Edmonton's 2nd round choice (Jason Beckett) in 1998 Entry Draft, March 24, 1998. Traded to NY Islanders by Edmonton with Washington's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, NY Islanders selected Evgeni Tunik) in 2003 Entry Draft for Brad Isbister and Raffi Torres, March 11, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Malmo (Sweden), November 17, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Oulu (Finland), January 3, 2005. Traded to Dallas by NY Islanders with NY Islanders' 5th round choice (Ondrej Roman) in 2007 Entry Draft for John Erskine and Dallas' 2nd round choice (Jesse Joensuu) in 2006 Entry Draft, January 10, 2005. Traded to Montreal by Dallas with Dallas' 5th round choice (Andrew Conboy) in 2007 Entry Draft for Mike Ribeiro and Montreal's 6th round choice (Matthew Tassone) in 2008 Entry Draft, September 30, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Davos (Swiss), September 9, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Langnau (Swiss), November 25, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Jonkoping (Sweden), August 18, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Lulea (Sweden), August 1, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Rapperswil (Swiss), November 22, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Asploven (Sweden), October 22, 2012.
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When I first became captain here, Monsieur Beliveau came to me and said, 'You're going to be fine. You don't have to change, you got selected because of who you are.'

— Saku Koivu on Thursday, recalling what he was told by the late Jean Beliveau when he was named Canadiens captain in 1999
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