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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 first met him when I was 19 years old and he coached me for 13 consecutive years. I don't know how many athletes who have had that pleasure. Al Arbour was a man that left us not only feeling like champions, but left us with a lot of great memories that we can carry on through life.

— Islanders Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin on former coach Al Arbour, who passed away Friday at the age of 82