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Randy's Ramblings - 7/22/2013

Monday, 07.22.2013 / 5:00 PM
By Randy Hahn - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp
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Randy\'s Ramblings - 7\/22\/2013

10 things you might not know about Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi:
  1. This past season he lead the NHL in minutes played (2581), tied for the league lead in wins (24) and starts (43) and was third with 1127 saves.

  2. His new goalie helmet/mask honors Finnish war heroes who fought the invading Soviet Russian army in the Finnish Winter War of 1939-40. The man pictured on his helmet is Chief Commander Gustaf Mannerheim who later became the president of Finland.

  3. As a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 he became the first goaltender from Finland ever to win a Stanley Cup.

  4. While playing junior hockey for Kiekko-Vantaa in Finland he would earn extra money driving the Zamboni at the local rink.

  5. His first career NHL victory was in March of 2009 in a Blackhawks 4-2 win over Los Angeles. His first career shutout was in October of that year in a 23 save 4-0 decision over Florida. The game was played in Helsinki, Finland as part of the NHL European Premier series.

  6. Niemi is a big country music fan. At the end of this years playoffs he traveled to Nashville to enjoy several days of live performance at the many venues in Music City that cater to country fans.

  7. He is not related to former Finnish National Team soccer goaltender Antti Niemi. Nor is he related to defenseman Jyri Niemi drafted in the third round in 2008 by the New York Islanders.

  8. He is the first player from Pohjois-Haaga High School in his hometown of Vantaa, Finland to ever make it to the NHL. Vantaa, just outside of the capital city Helsinki, boasts a population of about 200,000.

  9. On his day with the Stanley Cup in the summer of 2010 he partied in a sauna with former teammates of his Finish team Lahti Pelicans. Finland, a nation of about 5 million people, reportedly has 2 million saunas.

  10. Niemi used to play roller hockey in the offseason. In 2006 he backstopped Finland to a bronze medal at the World Cup.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 65 32 28 14 60
L. Couture 65 22 33 1 55
J. Thornton 61 12 43 1 55
B. Burns 65 16 32 -1 48
P. Marleau 65 15 33 -14 48
T. Wingels 58 13 16 -3 29
T. Hertl 65 10 15 -1 25
M. Vlasic 60 8 12 14 20
M. Nieto 55 6 14 -8 20
J. Braun 54 1 19 7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 25 17 7 .913 2.61
A. Stalock 6 7 1 .904 2.66
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