Janne Niskala
Born September 22 1981 (1981-09-22) (age 38),
Västerås, Sweden
6 ft 0.5 in (1.84 m)
187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
KHL team
F. teams
Atlant Mytishchi
Tampa Bay Lightning
Ntl. team Flag of Finland Finland
NHL Draft 147th overall, 2004
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2000–present
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of Finland Finland
Olympic Games
Bronze 2010 Vancouver
World Championships
Gold 2011 Bratislava
Bronze 2008 Quebec
World Junior Championships
Silver 2001 Moscow

Janne Juhani Niskala (born September 22, 1981) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman, currently playing for Atlant Mytishchi of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was born in Västerås, Sweden but is of Finnish nationality.

Playing careerEdit

Niskala was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft in 5th round as the 147th pick overall. He is known for his good offensive skills and his power play scoring ability.[1]

Niskala has played in Finland for the SM-liiga club Lukko for five seasons. During the 2000-01 season he played in the Finnish second tier division but also for the British club Manchester Storm. He has spent one season with the Swiss club EV Zug and one for the Swedish Elitserien club Färjestads BK. In Sweden he was reunited with his former team mate from Lukko, Esa Pirnes. During the 2006-07 season in Sweden, Niskala led all defensemen in both points and goals. He also finished first in the plus/minus statistics with a plus-25 rating.[1]

Following his big season with Färjestad, Niskala signed a one-year contract with the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL), but spent the entire 2007-08 season with the farm team Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL). Niskala was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers on June 24, 2008 in exchange for Triston Grant and a 7th round draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. On June 30, 2008, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 6th round draft pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He scored a goal in his first NHL preseason game on September 20, 2008 against the Penguins. He then scored his first NHL goal in his third NHL game, on October 11 against Michael Leighton of the Carolina Hurricanes. Niskala only play six games for the Lightning before asking to be waived since he had been cut off the roster. On November 13, he signed a two-year contract with Frölunda HC in Elitserien.

On May 4, 2011, he moved from KHL's Metallurg Magnitogorsk to Atlant Mytishchi.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeague GPGAPtsPIM GPGAPtsPIM
2000–01 Lukko SML 180000
2000-01 Jää-Kotkat Fin-2 1341543
2000–01 Manchester Storm BISH 100118 60006
2001–02 Lukko SML 557132081
2002–03 Lukko SML 4645940
2003–04 Lukko SML 5521153673 400018
2004–05 Lukko SML 449122163 95274
2005–06 EV Zug NLA 4412172950 702210
2006–07 Färjestads BK SEL 5319304962 933614
2007–08 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 8019254481 60118
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 61236
2008–09 Frölunda HC SEL 359101920 113368
2009–10 Frölunda HC SEL 5012162834 73476
2010–11 Metallurg Magnitogorsk KHL 5411182930 1904414
SML totals 218414586257 1352722
SEL totals 138405696116 279101928


Year Team Event   GPGAPtsPIM
2001 Finland Jr. WJC 700010
2008 Finland WC 92242
2009 Finland WC 41232
2010 Finland OG 60222
2011 Finland WC 91344
Senior int'l totals 28491310


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