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Reijo Ruotsalainen

Reijo Ruotsalainen  #29

Defenseman
NUMBER: 29 BIRTHDATE: April 1, 1960
BIRTHPLACE: Oulu, Finland
DRAFTED: NYR / 1980 NHL Entry Draft
ROUND: 6th   (119th overall)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1980) Best Defenseman at WJC-A (1980) Finnish First All-Star Team (1980, 1981) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1986) Traded to Edmonton by NY Rangers with Clark Donatelli, Ville Kentala and Jim Wiemer for Mike Golden, Don Jackson, Miloslav Horava and future considerations (Stu Kulak, March 10, 1987), October 23, 1986. Claimed by New Jersey from Edmonton in Waiver Draft, October 5, 1987. Traded to Edmonton by New Jersey for Jeff Sharples, March 6, 1990.
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It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun.

— Toronto native Brandon Pirri after scoring 2 goals for Panthers in win at Maple Leafs on Thursday
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