Antero Niittymaki
POSITION: Goaltender
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
BIRTHDATE: 06/18/1980
DRAFTED: PHI: 1998-168 overall
2009 Playoffs: Dressed, but did not play the first five games of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Pittsburgh.
2008-09 Regular Season:
- NHL/Flyers Career Regular Season Totals: 161 GP, 62-61-23, 4 SO, 3.01 GAA
- Career Regular Season Totals vs. Penguins: 13 GP, 4-5-0-3, 4.18 GAA, 0 SO
- 2008-09 Single Game Regular Season Highs: Shots Faced - 48 (vs. WAS, 12/20/08); Saves - 47 (vs. WAS, 12/20/08)
Nickname is Niitty… Favorite thing to do on a non-game day is be home with his kids…If he could be any athlete, it would be David Beckham…Favorite restaurant is Pizzeria Dennis in his hometown of Turku…List running as his preferred form of exercise…Favorites include:  Ocean’s Eleven (movie), Will Ferrell (actor), Eva Mendes (actress), Entourage (TV show), (website)…If he could live anywhere in the world for a year, it would be Nice, France.

Compiled a 12-9-2 record, 2.91 GAA, .907 save percentage and one shutout in 28 games for the Flyers…Was named First Star at Toronto on Jan. 5 after stopping 54 of 56 shots faced to record 3-2 win...The 56 shots faced set a new team record for most shots against (55 at Montreal on Jan. 3, 1977)...Niittymaki's 54 saves set a new team record for saves in a game... Was named First Star at Florida on Dec. 30 after stopping all 38 shots faced to record 1-0 win.


In three seasons with the Phantoms (2002-03 through 2004-05), Niittymaki compiled a 71-55-12 record and 2.19 GAA in 147 regular season games…His 2.19 GAA as a Phantom is the lowest career GAA in franchise history…Is second on the Phantoms All-Time List in games (147), shutouts (13) and wins (71)…2006-07:Game vs. NY Rangers on March 31 was 100th career NHL game...Did not dress vs. Boston on March 10 (Missed game due to the birth of his daughter, Frida Olivia, on March 9)...Was named Second Star at Atlanta on Jan. 28 after stopping 37 of 38 shots faced to record 2-1 win...Win at Atlanta on Jan. 28 ended his 15-game winless streak (0-13-2)...Missed three games from Dec. 28 through Jan. 4 due to a slight left hip strain sustained at Florida on Dec. 27...Started 16 straight games from Nov. 20 through Dec. 27 (3-11-2 record, 3.44 GAA and .899 save percentage over span)…2005-06: Was tied for third among rookie NHL goaltenders in wins with 23…His 23 win were the most by a Flyers rookie goaltender since Ron Hextall won 37 games during the 1986-87 season…Was 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 GAA and .953 save percentage... Was named First Star at Boston on Jan. 2 after stopping all 27 shots faced to record 1-0 win...Posted an assist on Kapanen's power play goal vs. Edmonton on Dec. 8, his first career NHL point...Stopped all 28 shots faced and all three Flames shootout attempts to record 1-0 shootout win vs. Calgary on Dec. 6, his first career NHL shutout…Won Silver Medal as a member of the Finnish National Team at 2006 Olympic Winter Games...Posted a 5-1-0 record, 1.34 GAA, .951 save percentage and three shutouts in six games for Finland...Was named to the Media All-Star Team, Best Goalie and Tournament MVP...Led all goaltenders in save percentage (stopping 156 of 164 shots faced) and tied for first in goals-against average (eight goals allowed in 359 minutes played)…2004-05: Was awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the most valuable player of the 2005 Calder Cup Playoffs…Posted a 15-5 record, 1.75 GAA and .943 save percentage in 21 playoff games as Phantoms won the Calder Cup…Compiled a 33-21-4 record, 2.07 GAA and six shutouts in 58 regular season games for the Phantoms…His 33 wins set a new Phantoms record for most wins in a season…Ranked fifth in the AHL in wins (33), fourth in minutes played (3,453) and eighth in GAA (2.07)…Was a member of PlanetUSA at the 2005 AHL All-Star Classic…2003-04: Ranked fifth in the AHL in wins (24), tied for fifth in shutouts (7) and ninth in GAA (2.02)…His seven shutouts set a new Phantoms record for most shutouts in a season…Tallied an empty-net, shorthanded goal in overtime on April 11 at Hershey, becoming the first Phantoms goalie to score a goal…Appeared in three games with the Flyers, winning all three decisions, while allowing three goals on 77 shots faced (1.00 GAA and .961 save percentage)… Stopped 19 of 20 shots faced vs. Washington on February 4 to record the 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 GAA in 80 games for TPS Turku…Ranked second in SM-Liiga (Finnish Elite League) in save percentage (.937) and third in goals-against average (1.94) in 2001-02…Named Rookie of the Year for the 1999-2000 season after posting a 23-6-2 record and 2.15 GAA in 32 games for TPS Turku…Helped Turku to the 2000 league championship by registering a 6-1 record and 1.72 GAA in eight playoff games…International Career: Represented Finland at the 1999 World Junior Championships in Manitoba, Canada and 2006 Olympic Winter Games.