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Ossi Vaananen

Ossi Vaananen  #5

Defenseman
NUMBER: 5 BIRTHDATE: August 18, 1980
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Vantaa, Finland
WEIGHT: 215 DRAFTED: PHX / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 2nd   (43rd overall)
Finnish Junior Player of the Year Award (2000) Traded to Colorado by Phoenix with Chris Gratton and Phoenix's 2nd round choice (Paul Stastny) in 2005 Entry Draft for Derek Morris and Keith Ballard, March 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), December 1, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Djurgarden (Sweden), September 26, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 1, 2008. Claimed on waivers by Vancouver from Philadelphia, February 27, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Minsk (KHL), July 31, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), May 4, 2010.
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I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh