Toni Lydman
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
BIRTHDATE: 09/25/1977
DRAFTED: CGY: 1996-89 overall
Signed as a free agent by HIFK Helsinki (Finland), January 31, 2005. Traded to Buffalo by Calgary for Buffalo's 3rd round choice (John Armstrong) in 2006 Entry Draft, August 25, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, July 1, 2010. Officially announced his retirement, August 29, 2013.
2011-12: Appeared in his 11th NHL season, his second with Anaheim…collected 0-13=13 points with 46 PIM in 74 games…ranked second on the club in blocked shots (153) and shorthanded TOI (231:09), fourth in hits (134) and sixth in TOI/G (18:54)…missed five games with an upper body injury, including Apr. 1-3 and Mar. 18-21…earned his 200th career NHL assist, Mar. 3 @ LA…appeared in his 800th career contest, Mar. 2 vs. CGY…was scratched with an illness, Jan. 22 vs. COL…appeared in his 100th game as a Duck, Nov. 30 vs. MTL…made his season debut on Oct. 14 vs. SJ after missing Anaheim’s season-opening games in Helsinki and Stockholm, along with the entire preseason recovering from offseason shoulder surgery…following the 2011-12 season, underwent successful surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee on Apr. 16…the surgery was performed by Dr. Orr Limpisvasti.

CAREER: Signed a three-year contract with Anaheim through 2012-13, July 1, 2010…2010-11: Appeared in his 10th NHL season, his first with Anaheim…appeared in all six CQF games vs. NSH, going scoreless with two PIM…played 78 regular season games, scoring 3-22=25 points with a career-high +32 rating…also matched his career high in assists…ranked tied for second in the NHL in plus/minus (+32) and his +28 at Honda Center led the league…his 178 blocked shots on the season ranked sixth in the NHL…finished third among Anaheim blueliners in scoring and second in avg. TOI (22:10)…began the season with 23 consecutive games without a minus…only Glen Wesley in 2007-08 had more games (30) to start the season without a minus since the 2000-01 season…set a career high with a +4 rating, Mar. 9 vs. NYR…collected an assist in his 700th NHL game, Jan. 7 vs. CBJ…scored his 200th career NHL point, Oct. 17 vs. PHX…scored a goal in his Anaheim debut, Oct. 15 vs. ATL…missed the first four games of the season with an episode of acute double vision that also kept him out of training camp…following the season, underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, May 2…the surgery was performed by Dr. Orr Limpisvasti…2009-10: Appeared in his ninth NHL season, his fifth with Buffalo…played in all six of Buffalo’s CQF matches vs. BOS, collecting one assist in Game 6 at TD Garden…played a career-high 35:37 TOI in Game 4 of the CQF, Apr. 21 @ BOS…appeared in 67 games during the regular season, leading the club in hits (126), ranking second in blocked shots (98) and third in plus/minus and shots (77)…strung together a career-high four-game point streak (1-3=4), Feb. 13-Mar. 5…appeared in his 600th career NHL contest, Nov. 25 @ WSH…missed 11 games due to a groin injury, Oct. 24-Nov. 18…missed the first three games of the season with a hand injury sustained during the preseason, Oct. 3-10…2008-09: In his eighth NHL season, scored 3-20=23 points in 80 games…led the Sabres with 166 blocked shots and 165 hits…2007-08: Was one of four Sabres to appear in all 82 regular season games, collecting 4-22=26 points with 74 PIM…it was the first time in his career that he appeared in all 82 games…his 22 assists matched a career high…among team leaders, ranked first in blocked shots (146), second in hits (159) and third in TOI (21:39)…appeared in his 500th career NHL game, Mar. 8 @ CAR…set a career high for points in a game (0-4=4), Feb. 27 vs. NSH…had a career-tying three-game assist streak (0-3=3), Feb. 20-23… 2006-07: In his sixth NHL season, advanced to the ECF with Buffalo…in 16 contests, scored 2-2=4 points with 14 PIM…scored a goal in Game 1 of the ECF, May 10 vs. OTT…scored his first goal in Game 2 of the CQF, Apr. 14 vs. NYI…in the regular season, scored 2-17=19 points with 55 PIM and a career-tying +10 rating…led the Sabres with 167 blocked shots…appeared in his 400th NHL game, Jan. 13 vs. TB…recorded his 100th career NHL assist, Jan. 5 vs. PIT…2005-06: In his fifth NHL season and his first with Buffalo, appeared in 18 postseason contests, advancing to the ECF with Buffalo…collected 1-4=5 points with 18 PIM…scored his first career playoff goal in Game 5 of the ECF, May 28 @ CAR…scored 1-16=17 points with 82 PIM in 67 regular season games…earned his 100th career NHL point, Nov. 17 vs. WSH…appeared in his 300th career NHL contest, Nov. 11 vs. TOR…was acquired by Buffalo from Calgary in exchange for a third-round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Aug. 25…2004-05: Appeared in eight regular season contests with HIFK Helsinki of the Finnish Elite League, scoring 1-2=3 points…2003-04: Appeared in his fourth NHL season with Calgary…made his NHL playoff debut with the Flames, collecting one assist with two PIM…in the regular season, scored 4-16=20 points with 30 PIM and a +6 rating in 67 games…missed the final 10 contests of the regular season due to injury…2002-03: In his third NHL season, appeared in a then-career high 81 contests, earning 6-20=26 points…recorded a career-high 33:16 TOI, Apr. 3 vs. SJ…scored his second PPG of the season in his 200th career NHL game, Feb. 17 @ STL…2001-02: In his second NHL season with Calgary, scored a career-high 6-22=28 points with 52 PIM in 79 games…appeared in his 100th NHL game, Dec. 31 vs. EDM…scored a career-high two goals (2-0=2), Dec. 19 @ PHX…2000-01: Made his NHL debut with Calgary, scoring 3-16=19 points in 62 contests…scored his first career NHL goal (Turek), Mar. 3 vs. STL…notched his first NHL point (assist), Oct. 14 @ NYI…made his NHL debut in Calgary’s season opener, Oct. 5 vs. DET...Miscellaneous: Has won two Olympic medals with his native Finland at the Olympic Winter Games in both Vancouver in 2010 (bronze) and Turin in 2006 (silver)…appeared in six contests with Team Finland at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, going scoreless with two PIM and a +1 rating…in 14 career Olympic contests, has scored 1-0=1 point with 12 PIM…has also appeared for Team Finland at the IIHF World Championship (1998, 1999) and the World Cup (2004)…prior to joining the NHL in 2000-01, played four seasons in the Finnish Elite League, earning 13-37=50 points with 185 PIM in 185 games.

PERSONAL: Toni and his wife, Heta, have two daughters: Amanda and Ellen…the family resides in Espoo, Finland in the offseason…has one older brother…lists NHL Hall-of-Famer and fellow Finn Jari Kurri as his favorite player to watch growing up…started playing hockey at the age of nine…his favorite TV show to watch is “The Office”…is a big fan of heavy metal music…lists some of his favorite metal bands as Mastodon, Slayer, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, and Parkway Drive.