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.
You could see out there that everybody was willing to compete, to sacrifice, even blocking shots to the end. Even in the third when we were up 5-0, guys were still working hard and blocking shots That's a nice feeling also for the future.
— Flames goalie Jonas Hiller after his team's 5-0 win over Carolina