A two-time Olympian, Niittymaki is one of 15 returning players from Finland’s 2006 Olympic roster.
He starred for Finland at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, posting a 5-1-0 record, 1.34 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and three shutouts in six games. He was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and the Top Goaltender as Finland captured the silver medal.
I watched many times this year the series between the Russians and Canada in 1972, and he was a dominating player there. After I watched the tapes, I respect him a lot more because he turned the series around. He was the guy. In that time, he was the best in the world. It’s a big honor for me to tie him.
— Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr on scoring the 717th goal of his career to tie Phil Esposito for fifth on the NHL's all-time goals list after a 4-3 win vs. the Lightning on Sunday