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Teppo Numminen
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Born July 3, 1968 (1968-07-03) (age 50)
Tampere, Finland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
Played for Tappara (SM-liiga)
TuTo (SM-liiga)
Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes
Dallas Stars
Buffalo Sabres
National team Template:Country data FIN
NHL Draft 29th overall, 1986
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 1985–2009

Teppo Numminen (born Teppo Kalevi Numminen on July 3, 1968) is a Finnish retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft 29th overall.

Playing CareerEdit

Teppo started his career with his local team, Tappara, in the SM-liiga. Drafted in the second round (twenty-ninth overall) in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets, he moved to North America in 1988 to play for the Jets.

Teppo moved with the team as it became the Phoenix Coyotes before the 1996–97 season. He played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

After fifteen seasons playing for the Winnipeg/Phoenix organization, he was traded to the Dallas Stars in July 2003, for Mike Sillinger. He took a break from hockey during the 2004-05 NHL lockout & then signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Sabres.

On November 13, 2006, he played his 1252nd game in the NHL, thus setting a record for most NHL games played as a European-trained player, surpassing Jari Kurri.

After signing a one-year contract for the 2007–08 NHL season, Teppo was forced to undergo open heart surgery before the start of the season. He was suspended by the Buffalo Sabres when it was discovered he needed heart surgery.

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier stated the suspension was because his $2.6 million contract was not insured and the contract contains a clause that states the player must pass the physical and be fit to play

Word came that Teppo's heart surgery was successful. Completed on September 20, 2007, at the Cleveland Clinic, the surgery was performed to repair a faulty valve. He was able to return to action for the final game of the Sabres' 2007–08 season on April 5, 2008.

Per a statement by GM Regier, Teppo expressed some interest in returning to NHL play for at least another year.

On August 8, 2008, he re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres where he was the leader among active NHL players who played the most games without winning the Stanley Cup: 1,372 at the end of the 2008-09 season.

On August 9, 2009, Teppo announced his retirement on August 4, 2009. He finished his NHL career with 117 goals and 520 assists for 637 points in 1372 NHL games.

At the time of his retirement, he was the last player from the 1986 NHL Entry Draft still playing in the NHL and had extended his record to 1372 NHL games, the most by a European-born and trained player at any position, which stood until broken by Nicklas Lidstrom in the 2009-10 season.

On January 30, 2010, the Phoenix Coyotes retired Teppo's number 27. During his 15 seasons for the franchise (including their previous incarnation as the Winnipeg Jets) he played 1,098 games, a then franchise record. His 534 points are also a franchise record for defencemen.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts +/- PIM GP G A Pts +/- PIM
1984–85 Whitby Lawmen OJHL 16 3 9 12 0
1985–86 Tappara Jr. Fin-Jr. 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 2
1985–86 Tappara SM-liiga 31 2 4 6 6 8 0 0 0 0
1986–87 Tappara SM-liiga 44 9 9 18 16 9 4 1 5 4
1987–88 Tappara SM-liiga 40 10 10 20 29 10 6 6 12 6
1988–89 Winnipeg Jets NHL 69 1 14 15 -11 36
1989–90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 79 11 32 43 -4 20 7 1 2 3 +1 10
1990–91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 8 25 33 -15 20
1991–92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 80 5 34 39 +15 32 7 0 0 0 -3 0
1992–93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 66 7 30 37 +4 33 6 1 1 2 -4 2
1993–94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 57 5 18 23 -23 28
1994–95 Winnipeg Jets NHL 42 5 16 21 +12 16
1994–95 TuTo SM-liiga 12 3 8 11 4
1995–96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 74 11 43 54 -4 22 6 0 0 0 -3 2
1996–97 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 2 25 27 -3 28 7 3 3 6 +3 0
1997–98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 11 40 51 +25 30 1 0 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 10 30 40 +3 30 7 2 1 3 -5 4
1999–00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 8 34 42 +21 16 5 1 1 2 +1 0
2000–01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 72 5 26 31 +9 36
2001–02 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 76 13 35 48 +13 20 4 0 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 78 6 24 30 0 30
2003–04 Dallas Stars NHL 62 3 14 17 -5 18 4 0 1 1 -1 0
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 2 38 40 +6 36 12 1 1 2 +3 4
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 2 27 29 +17 32 16 0 4 4 +10 4
2007–08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Buffalo Sabres NHL 57 2 15 17 -4 22
NHL totals 1372 117 520 637 +56 513 82 9 14 23 +2 28
SM-liiga totals 127 24 31 55 55 27 10 7 17 10

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1986 Finland EJC 5 2 3 5 8
1987 Finland WC 10 5 0 5 4
1987 Finland CC 4 1 0 1 2
1988 Finland WJC 7 5 2 7 4
1988 Finland OLY 6 1 4 5 0
1991 Finland WC 10 1 3 4 10
1991 Finland CC 6 1 1 2 2
1996 Finland WC 1 0 1 1 2
1996 Finland WCH 2 0 0 0 0
1997 Finland WC 5 2 2 4 6
1998 Finland OLY 6 1 1 2 2
2002 Finland OLY 4 0 1 1 0
2004 Finland WCH 6 0 2 2 0
2006 Finland OLY 8 2 1 3 2
Junior totals 12 7 5 12 12
Senior totals 68 13 17 30 30

International PlayEdit

Teppo won two silver medals ('88 & '06) and a bronze ('98) playing with the Finnish Olympic Team.

Personal LifeEdit