KAPANEN LEAVES NHL, RETURNS TO FINLAND | Traded from Canes in 2003
Of interest to Carolina Hurricanes fans…former winger Sami Kapanen, who was traded to Philadelphia in 2003, announced his retirement from the NHL today. You can read the story, and get a link to Kapanen’s press conference, here.
The 34-year-old plans to return to his native Finland and play there for two years or so, then retire as a player.
Sami was my son Addison’s and my wife’s favorite player during his years in Carolina. He was a goal-scoring winger here who scored more than 20 goals in five consecutive seasons with the Canes, but never quite seemed to reach the offensive expectations the team had for him. His highest output for Philadelphia (where he sometimes played defense) was 12 goals.
He retires with 189 career goals in 831 NHL games.