Kimmo Timonen sat down with John Clark of CSN Philly and NBC Philadelphia, talking the Stanley Cup, the Philadelphia Flyers and what the future might hold for him.
The 40-year-old defenseman was at a loss for words when it came to talking about winning the Stanley Cup to close out his 16-season NHL career.
“I can’t describe the feeling. It was just…full range of emotions. At the end of the day, I didn’t know what to do with it. I was like ‘yah yay’ yelling and I was like okay guys take it haha.”
Just 10 months ago, Kimmo was told he had life-threatening blood clots in his lungs and legs.
“From the hospital bed I was in and not able to play, a lot of doctors said no don’t take that chance. And just sitting here as a Stanley Cup Champion..it’s kind of like an unreal feeling.”
Timonen had over a dozen meetings with Flyers GM Ron Hextall and had to convince him about coming back.
“He [Hextall] probably thinks still that I was crazy. He told me that, but I think he realized through all these meetings we had that this guy wants to win [laughing]. This guy wants to win so bad that he’s risking his life for the final chance.”
Hextall gave Kimmo that final chance and traded him to one of the top Stanley Cup contenders in the Chicago Blackhawks.
“I think the biggest moment was when Kane scored the second goal. I was looking up, there was three minutes left and I looked my head down. It was just pouring. It was just pouring with tears and I was telling myself ‘I think I’m going to win this one’.”
While he won the Cup with the Blackhawks, Kimmo still talks like he’s a Flyer. He really wants this city to end their 40-year Stanley Cup drought.
“The Flyers have a special place in my heart and hopefully hopefully we can do this. I’d like to be part of it someday. The Flyers are my team. This place has something amazing. That parade we had Thursday in Chicago is something every player should see and experience. I could only picture if that happens here [Philadelphia]. It would get so crazy.”