Toni Lydman

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Toni Lydman
Born (1977-09-25) 25 September 1977 (age 42)
Lahti, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Tappara
Calgary Flames
Buffalo Sabres
Anaheim Ducks
National teamFlag of Finland.svg  Finland
NHL Draft 89th overall, 1996
Calgary Flames
Playing career 19962013

Toni Petteri Lydman (born 25 September 1977) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey defenceman. He first played competitively in his native Finland with Tappara, and HIFK of the SM-liiga before enjoying a lengthy career in the National Hockey League with the Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres and the Anaheim Ducks.


Playing career

Lydman was drafted by Calgary in the fourth round, 89th overall at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He spent four seasons playing in Finland's SM-liiga for Tappara in Tampere and HIFK in Helsinki before making his NHL debut for the Flames in the 2000–01 NHL season.

His best season came in 2001-02, when he scored 28 points on 6 goals and 22 assists, tying for fifth for his team in assists and sixth in points scoring. In the 2002–03 NHL season, Lydman led his defense in points with 26 and managed to remain injury-free the whole season, only missing one game due to illness. Calgary made it to the Stanley Cup finals in the 2003–04 NHL season, but Lydman missed most of their playoff campaign due to injury. During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, which wiped out the entire 2004–05 NHL season, Lydman returned to Helsinki for HIFK but only managed to play eight games.

On 25 August 2005, Lydman was traded from Calgary to the Buffalo Sabres for a third-round draft pick (John Armstrong) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft,

In the 2007-08 season, Lydman had the 16th most hits in the league for a defenceman.

Having lost the Olympic final (2006), World Championship final (1998, 1999), World Cup final (2004) and Stanley Cup final (2004), Lydman and his fellow countrymen Jarkko Ruutu and Sami Salo (Kimmo Timonen also belonged to the club before winning the Stanley Cup at the end of his career(2015)), are the only members of the unofficial "Quadruple Silver Club", a somewhat humorous reference to the Triple Gold Club and the unofficial "Quadruple Gold Club" for players who have won the most important championships available to the sport.

On July 1, 2010 signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Ducks for $9 million over three years. [1] His Ducks debut was delayed until mid-October because of problems with double vision.

After completion of the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, in which he finished the season heavily concussed from a Justin Abdelkader hit in a playoff series loss to the Detroit Red Wings, Lydman retired from professional hockey and accepted a TV analyst role to cover Finnish Hockey. [2]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1994–95 Reipas Lahti FIN U189741112
1994–95Reipas LahtiFIN II Jr26641010
1995–96Reipas LahtiFIN II Jr82246
1995–96 Reipas Lahti FIN II 395273030110
1996–97 Tappara SM-l 491236530006
1997–98 TapparaSM-l48410144840220
1998–99 HIFK SM-l42471136110332
1999–2000 HIFKSM-l46418223690446
2000–01 Calgary Flames NHL 623161930
2001–02 Calgary FlamesNHL796222852
2002–03 Calgary FlamesNHL816202628
2003–04 Calgary FlamesNHL67416203060112
2004–05 HIFKSM-l8123250330
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL7511617821814518
2006–07 Buffalo SabresNHL6721719551622414
2007–08 Buffalo SabresNHL824222674
2008–09 Buffalo SabresNHL803202370
2009–10 Buffalo SabresNHL67416203060116
2010–11 Anaheim Ducks NHL78322254260002
2011–12 Anaheim DucksNHL740131346
2012–13 Anaheim DucksNHL350661230000
SM-l totals193143953187320121214
NHL totals8473620624255155381142


1995 Finland EJC18 Gold medal icon.svg52352
1996 Finland WJC 6th60226
1997 FinlandWJC5th62026
1998 Finland WC Silver medal icon.svg1001131
1999 FinlandWCSilver medal icon.svg100004
2000 FinlandWCBronze medal icon.svg910112
2002 FinlandWC4th91120
2003 FinlandWC5th72136
2004 Finland WCH Silver medal icon.svg60336
2006 Finland OG Silver medal icon.svg810110
2010 FinlandOGBronze medal icon.svg60002
Junior totals1745914
Senior totals65561171


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  1. "Ducks sign Lydman to 3-year deal". Anaheim Ducks. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
  2. "Lydman to replace Niittimayki on channel four's hockey team". 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2013-08-30.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brian Rafalski
Winner of the Pekka Rautakallio trophy
Succeeded by
Jouni Loponen
Preceded by
Jochen Hecht
Buffalo Sabres captain
November 2007
Succeeded by
Brian Campbell