Sami Salo (born September 2, 1974, in Turku, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman with the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Salo was drafted by the Ottawa Senators with the last selection in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, 239th overall in the ninth round. He had previously started his professional career with TPS in the Finnish SM-liiga and remained in Finland for two more seasons upon being drafted, including one season with Jokerit, before leaving for North America and the Ottawa Senators.
In Salo's rookie campaign with the Senators, he tallied 7 goals and 19 points and was named to the 1998–99 NHL All-Rookie Team. He scored his first NHL goal, the game-winner, in a 3-1 win against the Boston Bruins. The goal occurred in his 27th game against Byron Dafoe. As a Senator, Salo showed he could successfully produce offensively, but was often injured in his four seasons with the team. Consequently, he was not able to match the offensive output of his rookie season during his time with Ottawa. In his second season, he was sidelined for 45 games. Injuries in 2000–01 that included the flu, shoulder, foot and knee injuries culminated in March 2001, when...
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