Antero Niittymaki
POSITION: Goaltender
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
BIRTHDATE: 06/18/1980
DRAFTED: PHI: 1998-168 overall
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy (AHL Playoff MVP) (2005) Olympic All-Star Team (2006) Olympics Best Goaltender (2006) Olympics MVP (2006) Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 10, 2009. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, July 1, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Turku (Finland), August 20, 2012. Officially announced his retirement, April 12, 2013.
2010-11: Made his first start since Jan. 13 on April 6 at Anaheim…Appeared in relief of Antti Niemi on March 14 at Chicago…Placed on Injured Reserve Feb. 17 and activated on March 5…Missed 11 games due to a lower body injury (2/9 - 3/3)…Missed six games (Jan. 20 thru Feb. 5) with a lower body injury…Allowed only one goal, on a penalty shot, on Dec. 18 at St. Louis…Defeated Philadelphia, his former team, by stopping 31 shots and both shootout attempts…2-0 in shootouts this season…Won his first shootout of the season, stopping both Islanders on Nov. 11…Stopped 33 shots in beating Tampa Bay, his former team, on Nov. 6…Earned his first win as a Shark on Oct. 21 at Colorado stopping 29 shots…Made 22 saves in his Sharks debut Oct. 9 vs Columbus in Stockholm.2009-10: His games played, wins and .909 save percentage were the second-highest totals of his career…Faced a career-high 1,388 shots and made a team record 47 saves on March 25 at Boston…Held the fourth-longest shutout streak in franchise history at 146:13 from Jan. 21-29…Didn’t allow more than two goals in 14 of his last 23 appearances, including eight wins out of 11 consecutive starts from Jan. 21-Feb. 9…Played in his 200th career game on March 14 vs. Pittsburgh…Olympics: Represented Team Finland.

2008-09: His .912 save percentage and goals-against average set new career highs (in seasons with more than three games played)…Faced a season-high 48 shots and made a season-high 47 saves on Dec. 20 vs. Washington…Notched 50th NHL victory on Nov. 26 at Carolina.

2007-08: Named game’s No. 1 star on Jan. 5 at Toronto by setting career highs in saves (54) and shots faced (56) in a single game during a 3-2 victory.

2006-07: Played in his 100th game on March 31 vs. New York Rangers…Win on Jan. 28 at Atlanta ended a 15-game winless streak (0-13-2).

2005-06: T-3rd among rookie NHL goaltenders in wins, the most by a Flyers rookie goaltender since Ron Hextall won 37 games in 1986-87…Named NHL Defensive Player of the Week for period ending Jan. 8 (shared with Colorado’s David Aebischer) after posting a 3-0- 0 record, 1.33 goals-against average and .953 save percentage...Posted an assist on Sami Kapanen’s power play goal on Dec. 8 vs. Edmonton for his first NHL point... Stopped all 28 shots faced and all three Flames shootout attempts to record 1-0 win and first NHL shutout on Dec. 6 vs. Calgary...Olympics: Won silver medal with Finland...Named to media all-star team, best goaltender and tournament most valuable player...Led in goals-against average and save percentage.

2004-05: Fifth in the AHL and set a Phantoms record for most wins in a season...Also among AHL leaders: fourth in minutes and eighth in goals-against average...Ended his three-year Phamtons career with the club’s all-time lowest goals-against average (2.19)...Playoffs: Awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the most valuable player of the 2005 Calder Cup Playoffs and helped Phantoms win Calder Cup.

2003-04: Among AHL leaders:  fifth in wins, T-5th in shutouts (seven, also set a club record) and ninth in goals-against average…Tallied an empty net, shorthanded goal in overtime on April 11 at Hershey, becoming the first Phantoms goalie to score a goal…Stopped 19 of 20 shots faced on Feb. 4 vs. Washington to record a 5-1 win in his NHL debut…European Career: Played three seasons for TPS Turku (Finland), posting a 49-20-4 record and 2.13 goals-against average in 80 games…Second in SMLiiga
(Finnish Elite League) in save percentage (.937) and third in goals-against average in 2001-02…Named
Rookie of the Year for 1999-00 with TPS Turku.

Personal: “Nitty” lists these favorites: Jay-Z (musician); “Old School” (movie); “Two-and-a-Half Men” (television show); Will Ferrell (actor); Eva Mendes (actress); Edmonton Oilers (NHL team while growing
up — “Because of their Finnish players”); New York (NHL road city); Manchester United and the New York
Yankees (professional sports teams); international soccer star David Beckham (professional athlete);
Bahamas (vacation spot); Finnish newspaper sites (web sites); cheeseburgers (food); Christmas (holiday)…has a Labrador named Uuno…hobby is playing golf…also likes to play on the Wii with his son…first job: painting roofs with his father…memorable NHL moment: firstgame…always eats salmon on game day…hidden talent: “I can cook pretty good”…speaks Finnish and English…golf handicap is a minus-8…started skating at six and playing hockey at nine…wears Bauer skates, size 9.5…oldest piece of protective gear is his chest protector (four years).