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78.  Teppo Numminen

Teppo Numminen did not get a lot of press over his NHL career as he spent the majority of his time with the Winnipeg Jets, who would later become the Phoenix Coyotes.  Having said that, Numminen is one of the few players to have played twenty seasons in the National Hockey League and at the time of his retirement his 1,327 was the most played (since broken) by a European player, though sadly for Numminen he still holds the record for the most games played without wining a Stanley Cup.

His story does extend to his international accomplishments where he is two time Silver Medalist with Finland in the 1988 and 2006 Olympics and is also a Silver Medal winner in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. 

Should Teppo Numminen be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 72%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8%
No opinion. - 4%
No way! - 12%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Tampere, Finland
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 2012
  • Position: Defence
  • Played For: Buffalo Sabres, Dallas Stars, Phoenix Coyotes, Winnipeg Jets
  • Non-NHL Teams:

    Team Finland (Olympics 1988, 1998, 2002 & 2006, World Cup of Hockey 1996 Canada Cup 1987 & 1991, & 2004, World Hockey Championship 1991, 1996 & 1997)

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (3) (1999, 2000 & 2001)
    Stanley Cup Rings (None) (2002)
    Olympic Silver Medal (2) (Finland, 1988 & 2002)
    Olympic Bronze Medal (1) (Finland 1998)
    World Cup of Hockey Silver Medal (1) (Finland, 2004)

Should Teppo Numminen be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 72%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 8%
No opinion. - 4%
No way! - 12%
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