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12-09-2005, 12:25 AM
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Odd facts about Niittymaki from

Niittymäki was the Philadelphia Flyers' 7th pick (168th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. "I didn't even know I got drafted. I found out the next morning. I was really surprised." he says in an interview in November, 2003. Even if he would have opted to come immediately to the United States to play hockey, compulsory military service kept Niittymäki in Finland until January, 2001.
Though he is lacking in injuries, Niittymäki does have a strange habit of sneezing when there are breaks in the action and TV cameras zoom in on his face.
As far as American culture goes, Antero enjoys Everybody Loves Raymond and PlayStation 2. He is not a fan of cheesesteaks, traffic, and heights, though he does not mind flying. The hardest thing about adjusting to the country was learning the language, even though Niittymäki learned English and Swedish in school for six years while in Finland.

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