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With the 476th pick in ATD10, The Regina Pats are pleased to select:

Teppo Numminen, D

- 6'2", 198 lbs
- Top-15 In Norris Voting 4 Times (7th, 9th, 11th, 11th)
- Top-15 In Points by Defensemen 4 Times (6th, 6th, 13th, 14th)
- Career Adjusted +148 Through 2007-08
- #3 Defenseman on a President's Trophy Winner at age 38 (2007)
- On Ice for 47% of his team's PPGA in his career (average defenseman with 500 GP post expansion was on ice for 37%)
- 3-Time All-Star Game Participant
- Played in 7 consecutive Best-on-Best International Tournaments, scoring 4 Goals and 7 Assists in 36 Games
- Helped Finland to Silver in 1988, 3rd in 1991, Bronze in 1998, 2nd in 2004, Silver in 2006
- Played in 5 other men's tournaments (WC, WEC, Olympics) from 1987-1997, scoring 9 Goals, 10 Assists in 32 Games

Originally Posted by
Finnish Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Teppo Numminen gained a well-earned reputation as the "iron man" of the NHL. When Philadelphia center Rod Brind'Amour missed his team's home opener of the 1999-00 season, Numminen became the league's new leader in consecutive games played, not having missed once since December 15, 1995. He'd compiled three consecutive seasons without missing a game and 1998-99 was the fifth time in his NHL career that he'd gone all season without missing one.

But the "iron man" streak was only one aspect of Numminen's game. He also played in the 1999 All-Star Game, starting on the World Team, and led the entire Phoenix defensive corps in goals, assists and points. Numminen, who had spent his entire NHL career with the Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise, entered the league in 1988 after spending several seasons with the Finnish league team Tappara.

...Establishing marks for consecutive games played, Numminen was a perennial leader on the Coyotes in the average minutes per game category. In other words, he not only plays in all of his team's games, he gets plenty of ice time as well.

...Numminen's international career has seen him represent his homeland on numerous occasions which include, six World Championships (1987, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997 and 2004), four Olympic Games (1988, 1998, 2002 and 2006), one World Junior Championship (1988), two Canada Cups (1987, 1991) and two World Cups (1996 and 2004).
Originally Posted by Kings Of the Ice
...The typically modest Finn has been quick to deflect the attention away from himself after becoming the league's ironman, though, preferring instead to give credit to something more ephemeral - fate. "I've been lucky", he said... "You play so much ahd you don't want to let your team down, so it's a big challenge. Every game is an opportunity to play well and help your team."...
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1989-90
Numminen has a fine complement of finesse skills. He's a very good skater, possessing speed, quickness, and agility. He's a very mobile player, able to challenge the puck at the both bluelines, and he also has the ability to change gears up and down within a stride. His hockey sense is good and will improve as he continues to become acclimated to NHL tempo. He passes the puck really well and he can rush with it too, making him a threat to become an attacker - although so far he plays a conservative game. Teppo can find the open man and make not just the correct play, but a great one if given time. He shoots the puck in stride well... He's got all the skills, now let's see if he has the guts.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1990-91
He gets good reads of the ice and uses his vision and anticipation in conjunction with his puckhandling to orchestrate rushes from the Jets' zone. He'll also use his skating skill to support an offensive rush as a late attacker... a good playmaker, has little trouble finding open men at both ends of the ice.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1991-92
It is a pleasure to watch Numminen skate. He has a long, graceful stride and an effortless shift from forward skating to backward skating and up again. He may take some extra time making decisions with the puck in the attacking zone, but he is far more automatic - and far more persistently correct - making decisions in the defensive and neutral zones, which is why he is a good penalty killer.

Numminen looks to pass first, looks to carry second as a method of clearing the puck from his defensive end. In center ice, he does not hesitate for an instant if the situation calls for the puck to be drilled around the boards and into the attacking zone. Though European players tend to want to make a play at the blueline, Numminen wants to make the play that will work for his team. The main thing to him is that the puck keep moving... He gets few assists because few teammates are willing to go to the net to look for garbage goals from his rebounds.
Originally Posted by Globe and Mail, April 18, 1992
***** will no doubt try to keep Bure away from that trio and for the most part, will be successful. But even though Paddock won't admit it, the guy he REALLY wants on the ice when Bure is out there, is defenseman Teppo Numminen.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1992-93
Numminen is just a good, solid defenseman. While not particularly fast, he is fairly agile on his skates and very seldom gets beat one on one. He makes the right play, the easy play, that gets you out of the defensive zone... Numminen sees the ice well and moves the puck well... Numminen bumps more than Phil Housley or ******* ******** and is more effective physically to get the job done. He is able to skate with opponents and get the stick on them. He also accepts the body bombs in the corners... Numminen is a quiet, real solid person. He is never a problem in the dressing room.
Originally Posted by Toronto Star Coaches Poll, 1994
BEST DEFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN: Best Defensive Defenceman: Ray Bourque (8), Chris Chelios (4), Scott Stevens (3), Teppo Numminen (1)...
Originally Posted by Hockey Almanac 1993-94
An outstanding offensive defenseman, he plays somewhat in the shadow of Phil Housley... Numminen brings plenty of his own gifts to the rink, however. An excellent skater, he moves through the various zones gracefully and with good speed and acceleration. He has a hard shot from the point, and will sneak into the high slot for centering leads. For much of last season he was the team's most reliable defender... Tough enough to survive the rigors of the NHL, Numminen nonetheless manages to stay away from penalty trouble... Experts in Winnipeg and around the Central Division who see him a lot agree Numminen is among the most underrated defensemen in all of hockey. The Jets certainly know they have a blue-chipper.

WILL - Play in both ends
CAN'T - Be ignored as a catalyst
EXPECT - Good puckhandling
DON'T EXPECT - Irresponsible play
Originally Posted by Hockey Almanac 1994-95
Not the fastest skater on the ice, he is nevertheless one of the most graceful and elusive. He has the ability to skate with the puck and evade the most tenacious checkers. Very smart, he knows when to carry the puck and when to pass it off. He has a good point shot and is an accomplished penalty killer.

WILL - Cover lots of ice
CAN'T - Be underestimated
EXPECT - Excellent puck work
DON'T EXPECT - A one-way player
Originally Posted by Hockey Almanac 1995-96
He has good first-step speed... clever and intuitive

WILL - Survive on skating
CAN'T - Be outfoxed defensively
EXPECT - Great passing
DON'T EXPECT - Him to get nasty
Originally Posted by Pro Hockey Play By Play 1995-96
A solid player, easily the best Winnipeg defenseman, and his +12 is a real achievement on this team. Just finished his 7th season in Winnipeg, which means he has the patience of a saint.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1996-97
The most underrated defenseman in hockey.
Originally Posted by Hockey Almanac 1996-97
By his own admission, Numminen isn't a flashy player. but he is steady and one of the top-15 defenseman in the NHL. Last year the Jets put rookie ***** **** on Numminen's flank in the hopes that the rookie would learn from watching the team's best defender... Numminen has long been underrated and underappreciated, but that is starting to change.

WILL - Move the puck well
CAN'T - Beat him with fakes
EXPECT - Lots of assists
DON'T EXPECT - Many penalty minutes
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2000
Numminen's agility and anticipation make him look much faster than he is. A graceful skater with a smooth change of direction, he never telegraphs what he is about to do. His skating makes him valuable on the first penalty killing unit. He will not get caught out of position and is seldom bested one on one. If he is under pressure, Numminen is not afraid to give up the puck on a dump and chase... He would rather dish off than rush, and is a crisp passer, moving the puck briskly and seldom overhandling it. He is terrific at making the first pass to move the puck out of the zone... Numminen is uncannily adept at keeping the puck in at the point, frustrating opponents who try to clear it out around the boards. He can intentionally shoot the puck wide for tip-ins. He is not afraid to pinch, either... Numminen plays an acceptable physical game... He'll employ his body as a last resort, but would rather use his stick and gain the puck. He is even tempered and not nasty... Numminen is underrated. He is not a Norris Trophy type, but no NHL team would hesitate to take him and put him on their top pair... A complete, if not elite, defenseman.
Originally Posted by Globe and Mail, February 5, 2000
He's probably the most underrated defenseman in the NHL. Numminen has a complete game and goes about his business so efficaciously that he's often taken for granted. He could be an MVP on just about any team.
Originally Posted by CBC, September 15, 2001
"We are proud to name Teppo as our new captain," said Coyotes general manager Mike Barnett. "Teppo is a first-class individual who is well-respected in our locker room and around the NHL.

"He is an elite player with an incredible work ethic. He leads by example and will serve as the perfect role model for our younger players."
Originally Posted by Globe and Mail, March 18, 2002
Numminen is a finesse guy who, technically, might be the best in the league. ***** is very similar to Numminen, positionally very sound.
Originally Posted by CBC, September 23, 2002
His steady defensive play and calming influence in the locker room makes him an essential player on the Coyotes.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2003
The "all-underrated" team tag has become kind of a cliche now. Suffice it to say Numminen does not have the flashy numbers or playing style to merit Norris consideration, but is just a notch below the game's elite defensemen... Smart and reserved... plays hurt... Surely it would have helped his cause if he had played for some successful teams... he is respected throughout the NHL, though.
Originally Posted by CBC, June 30, 2003
"Teppo Numminen has played 15 great seasons for this franchise," said Coyotes general manager Michael Barnett.

"He is our captain, he plays hard every night and is a leader on and off the ice. He is the consummate professional who is admired and respected by his teammates."

...Only two current NHL players have a longer tenure with their original franchise than Numminen -- Detroit's Steve Yzerman and New Jersey's Ken Daneyko.
Originally Posted by CBC, July 22, 2003
"Teppo Numminen has literally been our franchise player," Coyotes general manager Mike Barnett said in a release. "He is a first-class individual. He has been an on-ice leader and a role model for all of our players.

"We will always remember his 15 years of service and dedication to this organization."

Numminen has been the team's captain for the past two seasons and has notched at least 30 points the last six seasons.

"Teppo Numminen is a talented player who adds veteran leadership and experience to our defensive corps," Stars GM Doug Armstrong said in a statement.

"He plays a solid game on both ends of the ice and is the consummate professional. We're very excited to add him to our team."
Originally Posted by The Hockey News, April 27, 2007
On the surface, the veteran Finn - who re-signed another one-year deal last summer - didn't exactly look like a great fit on the young and gun Sabres. But he was just want the Sabres wanted, a puck-moving blue-liner oozing with experience.

"The type of player he is and the way the game changed after the lockout, our pro scouts thought that he would be a very good fit for us," said Regier. "We were looking for a veteran presence, to stabilize and teach young players and lead by example. He has the game down to a science. He's so effective and efficient."

A puck-moving defenceman has become more than ever a premium in the new NHL. Numminen doesn't stand out on television and he'll rarely make the highlight reel, but watch the face of his teammates light up when bringing up his name.

"The one thing that I think hockey fans probably don't notice is his ability to get us out of our zone," star goalie **** ****** said Friday after the pre-game skate. "He makes smart passes. When he's under pressure he knows where his outlets are. He's one of the smartest defencemen I've seen at using his leverage and using his smarts to battle for pucks."

"And it's the five-foot passes that he makes that are sometimes the best ones all night."

The crackdown on obstruction and hooking has allowed opposing forwards to forecheck unabashed, putting more stress than ever on retrieving defencemen to make the right decision - quick. That's Numminen's forte.

"There's always something to be said to having a veteran, savvy defenceman that can make any type of real stressful play look easy," said head coach Lindy Ruff. "And I think that's what he does. Under pressure, he's the guy that hangs unto it and will find the open man."

Sabres defenceman **** ****** says there is no better example on how to play the position.

"He has the eye for the game, so to speak," said ******. "He may not be the fastest guy but he's always in the right position, he's usually right where he should be."
Originally Posted by The Hockey News, October 8, 2008
Numminen smiled at the sight and familiar smell. This, finally, was back where he belonged after missing all but one game last season because of a faulty heart valve that was surgically repaired.

"It's been a long road," Numminen said. "It's great to be back doing things you love to do. I lost a big part of my life last year, but now I'm back. And I'm really enjoying it."

... "When I watch him play, it's just effortless, and it rubs off on all the other players," goalie **** ****** said. "I think we were missing him for a while last year."

Defenceman ******** ****** specifically pointed to Buffalo going 14-18 in one-goal games and the 14 times the team lost by squandering a lead after two periods as examples of the difference Numminen could have made.

..."Those points were big for us, and I think that's the main reason we have him back here now," ****** said.

...As for Numminen, Ruff has difficulty quantifying the impact his veteran presence will make.

"I've never seen a guy so happy," Ruff said. "He doesn't take a practice for granted. He doesn't take a game for granted. It's refreshing to talk to him, to watch him. He's a great example for our young players."
Originally Posted by CBC, August 5, 2009
Numminen's reputation as a steady, durable player earned him the position of (assistant) captain with Dallas and Buffalo. He also enjoyed a brief reign as the NHL's "iron man" after playing all 82 games in each of the Coyotes' first three seasons in Phoenix.
Originally Posted by The Hockey News, December 1, 2009
But after his jump to the NHL, a couple other veterans – Teppo Numminen and ***** ***** – helped Butler acclimatize himself to the league. Like Butler, neither play with a particular show of flash, but the St. Louis native noted that what he picked up from them was their smart, responsible positional plays that always allow them to make an impact.

“Teppo had an outstanding career and he did a good job of making me feel comfortable when I was out there, talking to me,” Butler noted. “He’s such a smart player. If you watch the way he plays he makes few mistakes, passes are dead-on, he’s always in the right spot, always taking away a passing lane.

Originally Posted by THN Bio
Is one of the most underrated defensemen in NHL history. Makes a consistent first pass and is a great co-pilot on the power play. Sound positioning is the secret to his success.
Teppo's Prime

He was never quite an all-star defenseman, but for nearly a decade he was universally regarded as a great #1 defenseman. Look at his yearly rankings in THN's top-20 defensemen:

1995 13
1996 17
1997 19
1998 15
1999 13
2000 6
2001 9
2002 10

Teppo Past His Prime

Most Points By a Defenseman 40+:

Player GP G A PTS*6 PTS/G
Raymond Bourque* 80 7 52 59 0.74
Chris Chelios 79 6 33 39 0.49
Tim Horton* 74 4 24 28 0.38
Rob Blake 64 6 21 27 0.42
Doug Harvey* 70 2 20 22 0.31
Chris Chelios 69 2 19 21 0.30
Tim Horton* 78 2 18 20 0.26
Chris Chelios 66 2 17 19 0.29
Teppo Numminen 57 2 15 17 0.30
Tim Horton* 69 1 16 17 0.25
Allan Stanley* 64 4 13 17 0.27

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