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Ossi Vaananen
Ossi Vaananen
(AW-see VAN-ih-nehn)
Number: 27
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 215
Shoots: Left
Born: Aug 18, 1980
Birthplace: Vantaa, Finland
Acquired: Acquired from Phoenix Coyotes along with Chris Gratton and a second-round pick in the 2005 Entry Draft (Paul Stastny) in exchange for Derek Morris and the rights to Keith Ballard, March 9, 2004
Drafted: PHX / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (43rd overall)
2005-06: Suffered a broken leg on Feb. 2 at Nashville, forcing him to miss the final 29 games of the regular season…Was a team-best +10 at the time of his injury…Played in 53 games overall, notching four assists…Plus or even in 43 of his 53 games…Recorded his first point as a member of the Avalanche with an assist on Oct. 10 vs. Calgary…Missed one game due to flu-like symptoms (Dec. 26 vs. Phoenix). PLAYOFFS: Returned to the ice for Game Four (CSF) vs. Anaheim on May 11 after missing the final 29 games of the regular season and the first eight playoff contests…Was activated from the IR on May 10. 2004-05: Played with Jokerit in his native Finland. 2003-04: Appeared in 67 games with the Coyotes before being acquired by Colorado on March 9…Played his first game with the Avalanche on March 10 at Edmonton and went on to skate in 12 regular season contests with the Avs (no points)…Missed one game with the flu on March 25 at Detroit. PLAYOFFS: Skated in all 11 post-season games for the Avs…Led all Avalanche defensemen with 25:09 in ice time for Game Three (WCQF) at Dallas on April 12…Posted his first career playoff point with an assist in Game Five (WCQF) vs. Dallas. 2002-03: Represented Phoenix at the NHL’s Young Stars Game as part of NHL All-Star Weekend…Finished the year with a +1 rating, making him a “plus” player in each of his three NHL seasons…Missed 14 games (Feb. 5-March 4) with a knee sprain…Tied his career high with two assists in his first game back from injury on March 6 at St. Louis…Recorded a Coyotes season high 23 penalty minutes Oct. 14 at Columbus. 2001-02: Ranked third on Coyotes in hits (173) and blocked shots (88) and was fourth in average ice time (20:12)…Tied a franchise record with 10 hits on April 1 vs. St. Louis…Played in 149 consecutive games from Oct. 7, 2000 to March. 17, 2002 before missing six contests, March 19-28, due to a bruised shoulder…Scored his first career short- handed goal Jan. 28 at Atlanta. PLAYOFFS: Finished fifth on Coyotes in average ice time (20:32) and hits (11)…Played in his first NHL playoff game in Game One at San Jose. 2000-01: Played in 81 games with the Phoenix Coyotes in his first NHL season (and first in North America)…After missing the first game of the year as a healthy scratch, played in all 81 remaining games…Led all NHL rookies in hits (190)…Tied for fourth among NHL rookies in games played and was eighth in average ice time (19:09)…His 16 points tied for eighth among NHL rookie defensemen…Scored first NHL goal (game-winner) in first NHL game, Oct. 7 vs. Minnesota.
Has represented Finland in eight international tournaments, including two Olympic Games, two World Junior Championships, three World Championships and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey…Selected to represent Team Finland at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy but missed the Olympics due to injury…Was the youngest member of Finland’s 2002 Olympic squad and played in two games in Salt Lake City…Was also the youngest member of Finland’s silver medal team at the 2001 World Championships.
Spends his summers in Helsinki…Loves heavy metal music and is thrilled to know guitar legend Dave Mustaine…Enjoys riding his motorcycle…Likes playing basketball and is a big NBA fan…His first job was working at his grandfather’s music store…Plays guitar…If he could play golf with any three people in the world, his foursome would include Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood.
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