Ossi Väänänen

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Ossi Väänänen
Ossi Väänänen.jpg
Born (1980-08-18) August 18, 1980 (age 36)
Vantaa, Finland
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Jokerit
Phoenix Coyotes
Colorado Avalanche
Djurgårdens IF
Philadelphia Flyers
Vancouver Canucks
HC Dynamo Minsk
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 43rd overall, 1998
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 1998–2016

Ossi Reijo Juhani Väänänen (born August 18, 1980) is a Finnish former professional ice hockey defenseman. He was the captain of Jokerit of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), with whom he has previously won two silver medals as runner-up for the Kanada-malja in 2000 and 2005 in the Finnish Liiga. He was originally drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes and has additionally played for the Colorado Avalanche, Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks in the NHL.

Playing career[edit]

After a junior career with Jokerit's under-18 and junior teams, Väänänen was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft as their second-round pick, 43rd overall. He remained in Finland to play with Jokerit in the professional SM-liiga for two seasons, winning a silver medal with the team in 2000 as runner-up for the Kanada-malja, the SM-liiga's championship trophy. Väänänen then joined the Coyotes in 2000–01 and recorded 16 points in his rookie season. In his fourth season with the Coyotes in 2003–04, he was dealt at the trade deadline to the Colorado Avalanche along with Chris Gratton and a 2nd round draft choice (Paul Stastny) in 2005 in exchange for Derek Morris and Keith Ballard.[1]

Due to the subsequent NHL lockout, Väänänen returned to Jokerit in 2004–05 and helped his former team to another silver medal, losing the Finnish championship to Kärpät. Returning to the NHL in 2005–06, he played two more seasons with the Avalanche before going back to Europe to play in the Swedish Elitserien for Djurgårdens IF during the 2007–08 season.

On July 1, 2008, Väänänen signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.[2] However, late in the 2008–09 season, on February 27, 2009, he was placed on waivers and claimed by the Vancouver Canucks. The move by the Flyers, which also included waiving Glen Metropolit, was precipitated by the imminent return of forward Danny Briere from injury, requiring the club to dump salary to remain under the cap.[3] On August 2, 2009, Väänänen joined national teammate Ville Peltonen signing a one-year contract with HC Dynamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. Väänänen appeared in 52 games and recorded 6 assists as Minsk failed to make the postseason in 2009–10.

On May 3, 2010, Väänänen returned to Finland signing a contract with his original club, Jokerit, of the SM-liiga.[4]

On July 13, 2016, after 6 additional seasons with Jokerit, Väänänen opted to end his professional hockey career after slowing to injury having featured in just 6 games in the 2015–16 season.[5]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Finland
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Sochi
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Slovakia
Silver medal – second place 2001 Germany
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Canada

As a junior, Väänänen competed for Finland at the European Junior Championships in 1998 and World Junior Championships in 1999 and 2000. At the senior level, he has represented team Finland in five World Championships, earning a silver medal in 2001 and a bronze medal in 2008. In 2011 he won a gold medal. In World Cup 2004, Väänänen contributed an international career high 3 points in 4 games, helping Finland to the World Cup final, where they were defeated by Team Canada. He made his Winter Olympics debut at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City. Four years later, he was named to the Finnish team for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, where he earned a silver medal despite not appearing in any games.

Awards[edit]

  • Won the Finnish Junior Player of the Year Award in 2000.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Jokerit SM-l 48 0 1 1 42 3 0 1 1 0
1999–00 Jokerit SM-l 49 1 6 7 46 11 1 1 2 2
2000–01 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 81 4 12 16 90
2001–02 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 76 2 12 14 74 5 0 0 0 6
2002–03 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 67 2 7 9 82
2003–04 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 67 2 4 6 87
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 12 0 0 0 2 11 0 1 1 18
2004–05 Jokerit SM-l 28 2 2 4 30 12 0 0 0 26
2005–06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 53 0 4 4 56 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 74 2 6 8 69
2007–08 Djurgårdens IF SEL 45 7 8 15 102 5 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 46 1 9 10 22
2008–09 Vancouver Canucks NHL 3 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Dinamo Minsk KHL 52 0 6 6 76
2010–11 Jokerit SM-l 60 2 11 13 79 7 1 2 3 2
2011–12 Jokerit SM-l 57 5 16 21 98 10 1 2 3 8
2012–13 Jokerit SM-l 53 2 11 13 61 6 0 3 3 6
2013–14 Jokerit Liiga 44 1 4 5 24 2 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Jokerit KHL 44 0 6 6 60 10 0 1 1 33
2015–16 Jokerit KHL 6 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 479 13 55 68 482 20 0 1 1 26
KHL totals 102 0 12 12 138 10 0 1 1 33

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1998 Finland EJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 0 0 0 20
1999 Finland WJC 5th 6 0 2 2 8
2000 Finland WJC 7th 7 0 0 0 16
2001 Finland WC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 9 0 2 2 16
2002 Finland OG 6th 2 0 1 1 0
2003 Finland WC 5th 7 0 4 4 8
2004 Finland WCH 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 1 2 3 0
2005 Finland WC 7th 7 0 1 1 8
2008 Finland WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 0 1 1 8
2011 Finland WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 9 0 0 0 4
2012 Finland WC 4th 10 0 1 1 4
2013 Finland WC 4th 10 1 3 4 6
2014 Finland OG 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 6 0 2 2 0
Junior totals 19 0 2 2 44
Senior totals 73 2 17 19 54

Transactions[edit]

Source: Ossi Väänänen player profile at NHL.com

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Avalanche acquire Salo, Gratton". CBC. 2004-03-09. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Ossi Vaananen's NHL Profile". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  3. ^ "Flyers lose Metropolit to Montreal, Vaananen to Vancouver". CBC. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  4. ^ "Ossi Vaananen returns" (in Finnish). Jokerit. 2010-05-03. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  5. ^ "Vaananen decides to end fine career" (in Finnish). Jokerit. 2016-07-13. Retrieved 2016-07-13. 

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