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Antero Niittymaki

Antero Niittymaki  #30

Goalie
NUMBER: 30 BIRTHDATE: June 18, 1980
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Turku, Finland
WEIGHT: 195 DRAFTED: PHI / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Catches: Left ROUND: 6th   (168th overall)
2011-12 REGULAR SEASON NOTES
- Assigned to Worcester on Feb. 2
- Cleared waivers on Jan. 26.
- Reassigned to Worcester on Jan. 19 for conditioning and went 1-1-0 with a 2.47 GAA and .907 save percentage.
- Recalled from his conditioning stint in Worcester on Dec. 23
- Made his first start in Worcester on Dec. 16 and earned a 26-save victory in a 5-1 win at Albany
- Activated from non-roster (injury) player list and assigned to Worcester (AHL) for conditioning on Dec. 12
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy (AHL Playoff MVP) (2005) Olympic All-Star Team (2006) Olympics Best Goaltender (2006) Olympics MVP (2006) Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 10, 2009. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, July 1, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Turku (Finland), August 20, 2012. Officially announced his retirement, April 12, 2013.
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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres