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Niko Kapanen

Niko Kapanen  #39

Center
NUMBER: 39 BIRTHDATE: April 29, 1978
HEIGHT: 5' 8" BIRTHPLACE: Hämeenlinna, Finland
WEIGHT: 180 DRAFTED: DAL / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 6th   (173rd overall)
Signed as a free agent by Zug (Swiss), June 9, 2004. Traded to Atlanta by Dallas with Dallas' 7th round choice (Will O'Neill) in 2006 Entry Draft for Patrik Stefan and Jaroslav Modry, June 24, 2006. Claimed on waivers by Phoenix from Atlanta, February 27, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Kazan (KHL), June 9, 2008.
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I don't know how he does it. I don't know how he gets his body parallel with the player and pulls it through his legs like that. I know he's tried it a couple times in practice and it's never worked, so how he does it in a game, it's incredible.

— Capitals defenseman Mike Green on teammate Alex Ovechkin's highlight-reel goal against the Devils on Saturday