European Skater
Finland
Sami
Vatanen
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 5' 9"
SHOOTS: Right
WEIGHT: 163
LAST CLUB TEAM: JYP, FINLAND
BIRTHDATE: June 3, 1991
MID RANK: 20
HOMETOWN:
FINAL RANK: 16
BORN IN: Jyväskylä, FIN
• 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”.

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FAVORITES

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