14 October 1981 |
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)|
|NHL Draft||249th overall, 2000
Venäläinen is a product of the Tappara youth system and logged his first minutes for the club's men's team in the Liiga, the highest level professional competition in Finland, during the 2000-01 season. In 2008, he left Tappara and embarked on a three-year stint with fellow Liiga side HC TPS. In 2011, he was back at Tappara and spent another two season with the team. From 2013 to 2016, he played for SaiPa.
- "Fischtown Pinguins : "Hulk" auf Bremerhavener Eis". www.fischtown-pinguins.de. Retrieved 2016-07-04.
- Sami Venäläinen career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Sami Venalainen career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
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