• Captained Team Finland to a bronze medal 5-4 win over Team Canada at the 2009 Under-18 World Championships in Fargo, North Dakota – he had five assists (0-5-5) and a plus-six rating in six games.
• Vatanen got his start in hockey at the age of five in his hometown youth league and he patterns his game after Finnish defenseman Petteri Nummelin because of his offensive side and good shot from the point.
• His most memorable hockey moment was playing in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge – “I got the opportunity to feel how it is to play in Canada in front of a bigger crowd”.
NHL Team: Anaheim Ducks NHL Player: Scott Niedermayer Shootout Move: “Pavel Datsyuk’s” Movie: I Am Legend TV Show: CSI Miami Video Game: Tiger Woods PGA Tour '07 Website: NHL.com Pre-game meal: Chicken and Pasta
I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.
— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round