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St. Louis Blues vs Phoenix Coyotes hockey
SLP98121704 - 17 DECEMBER 1998 - ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA: St. Louis Blues' goaltender Grant Fuhr, kicks up his left leg as he tries to stop a slap shot goal by Phoenix Coyotes' Teppo Numminen, in the first period, December 17. bg/ Bill Greenblatt UPI
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Teppo Kalevi Numminen (born July 3, 1968 in Tampere, Finland) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Numminen started his career with his local team, Tappara, in the SM-liiga. Drafted twenty-ninth overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft by the Winnipeg Jets, Numminen moved to North America in 1988 to play for the Jets. He moved with the team as it became the Phoenix Coyotes before the 1996–97 season. He played in the NHL All-Star Game in both 1999 and 2000. After fifteen seasons playing for the Winnipeg/Phoenix organization, Numminen was traded to the Dallas Stars in July, 2003, for Mike Sillinger. Numminen took a break from hockey during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. Numminen then signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Sabres.

On November 13, 2006, Numminen played his 1252nd game in the NHL and in the process, set a record for most NHL games played as a European-trained player, surpassing Jari Kurri. Numminen is the only player from the 1986 NHL Entry Draft who is still playing in the NHL.

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