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Ex-NHLer Kapanen calls it a career

Mar 13, 2014, 7:03 PM EDT

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Longtime NHLer Sami Kapanen has announced his retirement from professional hockey, according to IIHF’s Risto Pakarinen.

Kapanen, 40, last played in North America during the 2007-08 campaign but had been active with SM-liiga team KalPa, of which he is the majority owner and general manager.

The 87th overall pick at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, Kapanen spent the first seven years of his NHL career with the Hartford/Carolina organization, scoring a career-high 27 goals and 69 points during the 2001-02 campaign. That was the same year he advanced to his first and only Stanley Cup Final with the ‘Canes — after moving to Philly, he played in a pair of Eastern Conference Finals with the Flyers but never again made it to the big dance.

Kapanen retires as the NHL’s 10th-leading Finnish scorer of all time and eighth in goals, with 189.

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  1. sharksfan754 - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    I’ll always remember his toughness, fighting to get back to the bench after getting lit up by Darcy Tucker in OT in the playoffs.

  2. cordellanderson - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    You forgot to mention that his son ,Kasperi Kapanen, is a top pick in the upcoming draft!

  3. yougotgirouxed - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Always liked Kap. I always remember him playing defense in the playoffs when injuries depleted our blue line. Team player

  4. tcclark - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    one of my favorite players of all time. For his size he was extremely tough and was the ultimate team player. Someone already mentioned him stumbling back to the bench after Darcy Tucker gave him a concusion. What people forget is he played the next game. I have so much respect for the player he was and if his son is half the player he is than the NHL is getting something special

  5. puckmepuckyou - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Real good guy. I had the pleasure of meeting him away from the rink and he was a real class act. Playing defense showed his versatility and great hockey sense. Thanks Sami

  6. sheckyrimshot - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    i used to call him sami skrapanen because he was scrappy as hell.

  7. laxman1944 - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Hate to pile on but

    Darcy Tucker and The Leafs paid years in losses (Bad Karma) for the display of thuggery.

    Sami……….You sir are a man.

  8. whatchutalkinabouthillis - Mar 13, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    When your career history includes Hartford, you’re really old. Bring back the Whalers!

  9. matthewmacisaac - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:44 AM

    He always hustled and never seemed out of position, always just made plays. Enjoy Retirement Sami.

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