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Ossi Väänänen
Position Defenceman
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
215 lb (98 kg)
KHL Team
F. Teams
HC Dynamo Minsk
Vancouver Canucks
Philadelphia Flyers
Phoenix Coyotes
Colorado Avalanche
SM-liiga
Jokerit
Elitserien
Djurgårdens IF
Born August 18 1980 (1980-08-18) (age 36),
Vantaa, FIN
NHL Draft 43rd overall, 1998
Phoenix Coyotes
Pro Career 1998 – present

Ossi Väänänen (born August 18, 1980) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the HC Dynamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was originally drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes and has additionally played for the Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL. He has also previously played for Jokerit of the Finnish SM-liiga, with whom he was won two silver medals as runner-up for the Kanada-malja in 2000 and 2005.

Playing careerEdit

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.

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. 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. On 2. August 2009 Väänänen joined national teammate Ville Peltonen signing with HC Dynamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.

International playEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Finland Finland
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze 2008 Canada
Silver 2001 Germany
Winter Olympics
Silver 2006 Turin

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 competed in four World Championships, earning a silver medal in 2001 and a bronze medal in 2008. In 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.

AwardsEdit

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

Career statisticsEdit

    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-liiga 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
NHL totals 479 13 55 68 482 20 0 1 1 26


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