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Finland ANSSI SALMELA  
Last team: Biel-Bienne - 2019

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BIRTHYEAR 1984-08-13 BIRTHPLACENokia, FIN
AGE 36 NATION Finland
POSITION D SHOOTS L
HEIGHT 182 cm / 6'0" WEIGHT 86 kg / 190 lbs
YOUTH TEAM Ilves CONTRACT 19/20
HIGHLIGHTS
1-time World Championship Gold Medal 1
1-time World Championship Silver Medal 1
1-time U20 WJC Bronze Medal 1
1-time World Championship Bronze Medal 1

Salmela is a defenseman with a great shot and offensive ability. Skates well and likes to hit. Sometimes plays risky defensively and gives away the puck. Can play on the powerplay as well as the penalty kill.
- Ulf Andersson, EP

Brother: Topi Salmela

© Photo: Andrea Branca - HeShootsHeScoores

CAREER STATISTICS Use/Embed statistics RSS feed
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP G A TP PIM +/-      POST GP G A TP PIM +/- 
 1999-00 Tappara U16 U16 SM-sarja 13 15 122738 | Playoffs 3 0 444  
 2000-01 Tappara U18 U18 SM-sarja 32 7 31024 | Playoffs 2 0 114  
 2001-02 Tappara U18 U18 SM-sarja 11 6 41012 | Playoffs 2 2 130  
  Tappara U20 U20 SM-sarja 26 3 4722 | Playoffs 2 2 130  
 2002-03 Tappara U20 U20 SM-sarja 23 5 91422 3 |            
 2003-04 Tappara U20 U20 SM-sarja 27 10 91922 15 | Playoffs 12 5 384 -1 
  Tappara Liiga 10 0 002 -1 | Playoffs 3 0 002
  Suomi U20  Mestis 5 2 240 0 |            
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 1 236 0 |            
 2004-05 Tappara U20 U20 SM-sarja 10 2 466 7 | Playoffs 1 0 000 -1 
  Tappara Liiga 48 1 5649 -7 | Playoffs 8 0 000 -3 
 2005-06 Tappara Liiga 8 0 110 2 |            
  Pelicans Liiga 48 8 81659 4 |            
 2006-07 Pelicans Liiga 56 11 122358 -13 | Playoffs 6 1 124
 2007-08 Tappara Liiga 56 16 163240 5 | Playoffs 11 0 6614 -6 
  Finland WC 8 0 0037 3 |            
 2008-09 New Jersey Devils NHL 17 0 336 1 |            
  Lowell Devils AHL 38 8 162441 -6 |            
  Atlanta Thrashers NHL 9 1 232 0 |            
  Chicago Wolves AHL 2 0 000 -2 |            
  Finland WC 7 1 012 -1 |            
 2009-10 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 29 1 4522 4 |            
  New Jersey Devils NHL 9 1 230 -5 |            
 2010-11 New Jersey Devils NHL 48 1 6714 -11 |            
  Albany Devils AHL 2 0 000 -3 |            
  Finland WC 9 1 234 5 |            
 2011-12 Avangard Omsk KHL 22 6 41014 5 | Playoffs 21 1 3416
  Finland WC 7 0 2225 0 |            
 2012-13 Avangard Omsk KHL 37 2 121437 3 | Playoffs 11 0 116
 2013-14 MODO Hockey SHL 8 2 4620 4 |            
  HV71 SHL 36 7 142164 7 | Playoffs 5 1 122 -1 
  Finland (all) International 3 0 112 0 |            
 2014-15 Färjestad BK SHL 42 6 172328 4 | Playoffs 3 1 234
  Finland WC 8 0 224 5 |            
  Finland (all) International 19 1 4524 5 |            
 2015-16 Brynäs IF SHL 24 4 111547 5 | Playoffs 3 0 114 -2 
  Finland WC 5 0 112 6 |            
  Finland (all) International 15 1 456 10 |            
 2016-17 Kunlun Red Star KHL 10 3 258 -1 |            
  Linköping HC SHL 32 4 141828 0 | Playoffs 6 0 222 -1 
  Finland (all) International 3 0 112 0 |            
 2017-18 Dinamo Riga KHL 33 5 121718 -5 |            
 2018-19 EHC Biel-Bienne NL 49 10 112128 -3 | Playoffs 12 0 556
 2019-20 EHC Biel-Bienne NL 37 5 111610 -12 |            
 
 TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
 2006-07 Finland EHT 3 0 002 1 |            
 2007-08 Finland EHT 6 0 2218 2 |            
 2009-10 Finland EHT 1 1 010 1 |            
 2010-11 Finland EHT 2 1 010 -1 |            
 2013-14 Finland EHT 3 0 112 0 |            
 2014-15 Finland EHT 7 1 1220 0 |            
 2015-16 Finland EHT 6 0 000 -2 |            
 2016-17 Linköping HC Champions HL 2 0 110 0 |            
 2017-18 Dinamo Riga  Spengler Cup 3 0 000 -3 |            
 2018-19 EHC Biel-Bienne Swiss Cup 1 0 110 |            
 2019-20 EHC Biel-Bienne Champions HL 10 1 340 0 |            
  EHC Biel-Bienne Swiss Cup 2 1 010 |            


CAREER TOTALS
  GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/-    GP G A TP PPG PIM  +/- 
      Postseason
  AHL: 42 8 16 24 0.57 41  -11  |    
  Champions HL: 12 1 4 5 0.42 |    
  EHT: 28 3 4 7 0.25 42  |    
  International: 40 2 10 12 0.30 34  15  |    
  KHL: 102 16 30 46 0.45 77  | 32 1 4 5 0.16 22 
  Liiga: 226 36 42 78 0.35 208  -10  | 28 1 7 8 0.29 20  -6 
  Mestis: 5 2 2 4 0.80 |    
  NHL: 112 4 17 21 0.19 44  -11  |    
  NL: 86 15 22 37 0.43 38  -15  | 12 0 5 5 0.42
  SHL: 142 23 60 83 0.58 187  20  | 17 2 6 8 0.47 12  -4 
  Spengler Cup: 3 0 0 0 0.00 -3  |    
  Swiss Cup: 3 1 1 2 0.67 |    
  U16 SM-sarja: 13 15 12 27 2.08 38  | 3 0 4 4 1.33  
  U18 SM-sarja: 43 13 7 20 0.47 36  | 4 2 2 4 1.00  
  U20 SM-sarja: 86 20 26 46 0.53 72  25  | 15 7 4 11 0.73 -2 
  WC: 44 2 7 9 0.20 74  18  |    
  WJC-20: 7 1 2 3 0.43 |    



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
2003-2004 U20 SM-sarja Champion
  U20 WJC Bronze Medal
2007-2008 SM-liiga Bronze Medal
  SM-liiga Most Goals by Defenseman (Juha Rantasila Trophy) (16)
  World Championship Bronze Medal
2010-2011 World Championship Gold Medal
2013-2014 Elitserien Highest ATOI (24:34)
2015-2016 World Championship Silver Medal
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- Elitserien Highest ATOI 13/14
- SM-liiga Bronze Medal 07/08
- SM-liiga Most Goals by Defenseman (Juha Rantasila Trophy) 07/08
- U20 SM-sarja Champion 03/04
- U20 WJC Bronze Medal 03/04
- World Championship Bronze Medal 07/08
- World Championship Gold Medal 10/11
- World Championship Silver Medal 15/16



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
2020-08-29 Rumour Biel-Bienne Klagenfurter AC Paper/printed source 
2018-12-04 Extension Biel-Bienne Biel-Bienne 1 year 
2018-06-05 Confirmed Dinamo Riga Biel-Bienne
2017-09-24 Confirmed Linköping HC Dinamo Riga
2016-11-14 Confirmed Kunlun Red Star Linköping HC
2016-07-05 Confirmed Brynäs IF Kunlun Red Star
2015-09-07 Confirmed Färjestad BK Brynäs IF
2014-10-18 Confirmed HV71 Färjestad BK
2013-10-20 Confirmed MODO Hockey HV71
2013-09-27 Confirmed Donbass Donetsk MODO Hockey 3 weeks 
2013-09-04 Confirmed Donbass Donetsk Unknown Released 
2013-05-01 Confirmed Avangard Omsk Donbass Donetsk
2011-07-15 Confirmed New Jersey Devils Avangard Omsk
2010-02-04 Confirmed Atlanta Thrashers New Jersey Devils Traded 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
 
 
Cult/Star player for Lowell Devils
Cult/Star player for Biel-Bienne
 
Career transactions
- 2010-02-04 • Traded to New Jersey Devils with Ilya Kovalchuk & a 2010 2nd round pick for Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier, a 2010 1st round pick & a 2010 2nd round pick
- 2009-03-02 • Traded to the Atlanta Thrashers for Niclas Hävelid & Myles Stoesz
- 2009-06-04 • Re-signed to a two-year contract by the Atlanta Thrashers
- 2008-05-30 • Signed to a one-year contract by the New Jersey Devils