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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.
Quote of the Day

I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic