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Marko Kiprusoff
Kiprusoff Marko TPS.jpg
Position Defence
Shoots Right
Nickname(s) Kipru
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
Ligue Magnus Team
F. Teams
Ducs d'Angers
1. Divisioona
Montreal Canadiens
New York Islanders
Malmö IF
Nationalliga A
EHC Kloten
'TPS' (SM-l)
Born (1972-02-06)February 6, 1972,
Turku, FIN
NHL Draft 70th overall, 1994
Montreal Canadiens
Pro Career 1990 – present

Marko Kiprusoff (born February 6, 1972 in Turku, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman.


He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens as their third-round pick, #70 overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career

SM-liiga Career

Marko Kiprusoff started his hockey career with TPS. Kiprusoff also had a three game visit to HPK during his earlier seasons in SM-liiga. Kiprusoff earned a reputation as a solid offensive defenceman in TPS and after his successful performances for Finnish National team and TPS, Kiprusoff was contracted by Montreal Canadiens.

Kiprusoff won the SM-liiga championship twice, in 1993 and 1995. Kiprusoff also captured the European Championship with TPS in 1994.

First NHL visit

Kiprusoff spent the 1995–96 season with the Montreal Canadiens but he didn't make a good impact in the NHL. Kiprusoff played 24 games for Canadiens and 28 more for Montreal's AHL-affiliate, Fredericton Canadiens.

Return to Europe

After his single season in NHL, Kiprusoff played two seasons in Swedish Elitserien for Malmö IF after which he returned back to TPS in 1998. Kiprusoff won two more SM-liiga championships with TPS, making him four-time SM-liiga Champion. Kiprusoff played the 2001–02 with the New York Islanders and played after that for EHC Kloten in Switzerland.

In 2004 Kiprusoff returned again to TPS, where he played until the end of the 08-09 season. On 21 May 2009 signed an contract with French team Ducs d'Angers of the Ligue Magnus.

International play

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Finland Finland
Men's ice hockey
Olympic Games
Bronze 1994 Lillehammer Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 1994 Italy Ice hockey
Gold 1995 Sweden Ice hockey
Silver 1998 Switzerland Ice hockey
Silver 1999 Norway Ice hockey
Silver 2001 Germany Ice hockey

Kiprusoff was a mainstay in Finnish national team during the most of the 90's. Kiprusoff played 198 National Team games and was on the Finnish national men's ice hockey team when they won Finland's only Ice Hockey World Championships gold medal to date in 1995.

Kiprusoff's last International Tournament callup was during the 2003 World Championship Tournament.



He is the older brother of Miikka Kiprusoff.

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Preceded by
Petteri Nummelin
Winner of the Pekka Rautakallio trophy
Succeeded by
Mika Strömberg
Preceded by
Kimmo Rintanen
Winner of the Raimo Kilpiö trophy
Succeeded by
Kimmo Rintanen

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