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Position Defence
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
215 lb (98 kg/15 st 5 lb)
NHL Team
F. teams
Vancouver Canucks
Ottawa Senators
TPS
Nationality 22x20px Finland
Born September 2, 1974 (1974-09-02) (age 42),
Turku, FIN
NHL Draft 239th overall, 1996
Ottawa Senators
Pro career 1994 – present

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Olympic medal record
Men's Ice Hockey
Silver 2006 Ice Hockey

Sami Salo (born September 2, 1974, in Turku, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League.

Playing careerEdit

Salo was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft as their ninth-round pick, the last player selected in that year's draft. He started his pro career with TPS in the Finnish SM-liiga. After a season with Jokerit, Salo left for North America and the Ottawa Senators.

In Salo's rookie campaign with the Senators, he was named to the All-Rookie Team. As a Senator, Salo showed he could successfully produce offensively, but was often injured in his four seasons with the team. In the off-season preceding 2002–03, Salo was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for forward Peter Schaefer. Since the trade, Salo has established himself as a top four defenceman, continuing to contribute offensively. During the lockout, Salo played for Frölunda HC in the Swedish Elitserien, and returned to Vancouver for the 2005–06 NHL season.

Goalie Curtis Joseph has nicknamed Salo the "Finnish MacInnis" for the devastating slapshot he shares with retired NHL defenceman Al MacInnis. Salo has routinely topped the Canucks in the team's Superskills' hardest shot category. In the 2006 Canucks Superskills contest, Salo recorded a 100.0 mph slapper. Salo's slapshot is his best offensive weapon, subsequently creating many chances on the Canucks' power play. After scoring, he has been known to make a hand gesture dubbed "The Tickler," to the amusement of his teammates.

Salo's primary downfall in his NHL play has been his succeptibility to injury. Throughout his career, Salo has failed to play a full season for either the Senators or Canucks; most recently, in the 2007–08 season, Salo suffered wrist and facial injuries, keeping him from 19 games.

Salo represented Team Finland at the 2006 Winter Olympics, but was forced to retire from the tournament after injuring his shoulder in a collision with teammate Ville Peltonen.

Transactions Edit

Awards Edit

Career statistics Edit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 TPS Turku SM-l 7 1 2 3 6 1 0 0 0 0
1995–96 TPS Turku SM-l 47 7 14 21 32 11 1 3 4 8
1996–97 TPS Turku SM-l 48 9 6 15 10 10 2 3 5 4
1997–98 Jokerit SM-l 35 3 5 8 10 8 0 1 1 2
1998–99 Ottawa Senators NHL 61 7 12 19 24 4 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Detroit Vipers IHL 5 0 2 2 0 -- -- -- -- --
1999–00 Ottawa Senators NHL 37 6 8 14 2 6 1 1 2 0
2000–01 Ottawa Senators NHL 31 2 16 18 10 4 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Ottawa Senators NHL 66 4 14 18 14 12 2 1 3 4
2002–03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 9 21 30 10 12 1 3 4 0
2003–04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 74 7 19 26 22 7 1 2 3 2
2004–05 Frölunda HC SEL 41 6 8 14 18 14 1 6 7 2
2005–06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 59 10 23 33 32 -- -- -- -- --
2006–07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 67 14 23 37 26 10 0 1 1 4
2007–08 Vancouver Canucks NHL 63 8 17 25 38 -- -- -- -- --
NHL Totals 537 67 153 220 184 55 5 8 13 10

International playEdit

International statistics

Year Team Comp   GP G A Pts PIM
2001 Finland WCh 9 3 6 9 9
2002 Finland Oly 4 0 0 0 0
2004 Finland WCh 7 0 3 3 0
2004 Finland WCp 6 0 1 1 2
2006 Finland Oly 6 1 3 4 0
Senior Int'l Totals 32 4 13 17 11

External linksEdit

fr:Sami Salo no:Sami Salo sk:Sami Salo fi:Sami Salo sv:Sami Salo

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