Kimmo Timonen

Status: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman.

Ht: 5-foot-10 Wt: 194 pounds

DOB: March 18, 1975 In: Kuopio, Finland

First Hockey Memory: “When I was seven, going outside and playing hockey with my brother (Tommy).”

Hockey Inspirations: “Been a lot. Obviously now is to win the Stanley Cup. That’s my goal, everybody has the same goal. When I was young, obviously it’s a good sport I enjoyed, I had a lot of friends, you don’t think about Stanley Cup. I had a really good time when I was young. I had a lot of friends in hockey, so it’s one of those things you like to play with friends.”

Last Book Read: “Last book was Finnish. But last American – actually it was one of those Stieg Larsson books, I can’t remember the name.”

Current Car: “Range Rover.”

Nicknames: “There’s a lot of different ones, but probably the Finnish version is Kime (pronounced Key-May).”

Greatest Sports Moment: “There’s a lot of good memories. Probably winning the silver medal in Olympics 2002.”

Most Painful Moment:
“Losing that final.”

Favorite Uniforms: “I like my own team – KalPa. (NHL?) Obviously Flyers.”

Favorite Arena:
“Wells Fargo Center.”

Closest Hockey Friends:
“Scott Hartnell.”

Funniest Player Encountered:
“Scott Hartnell.”

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Toughest Competitors Encountered: “My buddy Saku Koivu. (Why him?) Well, he never gives up. That’s his…I know him for many years. He never give up.”

Most Memorable Goal: “Probably my first NHL goal against Florida in 1998.”

Strangest Game: “Well the outdoor games, that was kind of weird. Nice, but weird.”

Last Vacation: “Turks and Caicos.”

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: “Soccer.”

Pre-Game Feeling: “Try to be relaxed, not to think about much, try to be relaxed.”

Favorite Athletes To Watch: “I don’t really watch hockey that much, but when I do – Ovechkin, Crosby, those guys are great, Datsyuk. (Other sports?) Well I like soccer a lot, English soccer, Italian, Spanish, German.”

Personality Qualities Most Admired:
“Honesty, truthful.”

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