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.
After being through it and seeing the other [outdoor] games on TV, just the atmosphere is spectacular. To stand here -- and we are essentially almost on the blue line -- and look up [into the stands] and knowing it is going to be packed and playing our biggest rival in this setting is going to be pretty special.
— Bruins president Cam Neely on the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between Boston and Montreal at Gillette Stadium on
Jan. 1, 2016