Finley playing for HIFK in September 2016.
June 29, 1987|
Edina, Minnesota, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 8 in (203 cm)|
|Weight||252 lb (114 kg; 18 st 0 lb)|
New York Islanders
27th overall, 2005|
Joseph Scott Finley (born June 29, 1987) is an American ice hockey defenseman. He is currently playing for HIFK in the Finnish Liiga. Finley was selected by the Washington Capitals in the 1st round (27th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Before Finley had arrived to Helsinki in 2016 he already got a nickname, "The Red #3" after Lalli Partinen, a former defensman who played for HIFK (ice hockey) in 1969–1977.
Finley played for the Edina Peewee A state championship team in 1999–2000. Finley was a standout playing Minnesota High School hockey for the Edina Hornets. Due to Finley's strong play and leadership his freshman year, he made the White line the following year. In 2005, he said that making the White Line may well have been the greatest accomplishment of his hockey career. Finley missed the majority of the 2009–10 season on injured reserve when on November 21, 2009, in a game with the Stingrays against the Gwinnett Gladiators, he ruptured an artery in his hand which required surgery.
On September 18, 2011, Finley accepted an invitation to training camp by the Buffalo Sabres. He impressed enough that he was signed to an AHL contract, and assigned to the Rochester Americans. Through the first quarter of the season, Finley was impressive as one half of the Americans shut-down defensive pairing. He led the Amerks in +/- with a +10. The Sabres and Finley reached a three-year contract on November 28, 2011, that will allow Finley to be called up by Sabres organization.
Two days after the deal was completed, Finley was called up by the Sabres where he made his NHL debut against the Red Wings on December 2, 2011. Finley was the 475th player to play in the NHL after starting his career in the ECHL.
On July 29, 2014, Finley signed as a free agent to a one-year AHL contract with the Hamilton Bulldogs. In the 2014–15 season, Finley appeared in 54 games with the Bulldogs, contributing with 3 assists and 132 penalty minutes.
On October 8, 2015, Finley continued in the AHL, signing a one-year AHL deal with the Iowa Wild, an affiliate to the Minnesota Wild. In the 2015–16 season, Finley appeared in 56 games with Iowa, recording a professional high of 5 goals from the blueline.
On June 21, 2016, Finley opted to pursue a career abroad, agreeing to a one-year deal with Finnish club, HIFK, of the Liiga.
On February 3, 2017, HIFK announced a two-year contract extension with Finley.
|2004–05||Sioux Falls Stampede||USHL||55||3||10||13||181||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||University of North Dakota||WCHA||43||0||3||3||96||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||University of North Dakota||WCHA||41||1||6||7||72||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||University of North Dakota||WCHA||43||4||11||15||79||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||University of North Dakota||WCHA||27||2||8||10||56||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||South Carolina Stingrays||ECHL||17||1||3||4||43||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||South Carolina Stingrays||ECHL||26||1||7||8||73||4||0||0||0||10|
|2012–13||New York Islanders||NHL||16||0||1||1||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||29||0||2||2||50||—||—||—||—||—|
- Curiosity surrounds Finley in debut – Sabres & NHL – The Buffalo News
- "Finley out to prove himself in Hershey". American Hockey League. 2010-10-30. Retrieved 2011-03-06. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- Amerks surprise Finley gets NHL deal from Sabres – Sabres Edge – The Buffalo News
- Peter Paul and Mirko Vasic (December 3, 2011). "Finley becomes 475th ECHL player to join NHL" (Press release). ECHL.com. Retrieved December 3, 2011.
- "Islanders claim Finley off waviers from Sabres". National Hockey League. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-01-14. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "Bulldogs sign Joe Finley to one-year AHL contract". Hamilton Bulldogs. 2014-07-29. Retrieved 2014-07-29. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "Iowa signs Finley and Eberle to AHL contracts". Iowa Wild. 2015-10-08. Retrieved 2015-10-08. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "HIFK reach agreement with defenseman Joe Finley" (in Finnish). HIFK. 2016-06-21. Retrieved 2016-06-21. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "Uutiset › TIEDOTE: IFK JA JOE FINLEY JATKOSOPIMUKSEEN – HIFK". Hifk (in Finnish). Retrieved 2017-05-13.
- Joe Finley career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Joe Finley career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Joe Finley's profile at Fightingsioux.com
|Awards and achievements|
| Washington Capitals first round draft pick