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Who The Devil is Sami Vatanen?

Here's a few fun facts about this Devils defenseman

by Caela McLoughlin @NJDevils /

Sami Vatanen was acquired by New Jersey on November 30, 2017 in a trade with Anaheim and it's been quite a year for the defenseman. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: Sami Vatanen hits the ice as a Devil for the very first time!

Tweet from @NJDevils: Sami Vatanen looking good in the #NJDevils 🔴 and ������!

He played his first game with the Devils in Arizona, just one day after the trade.

Tweet from @NJDevils: It's go time! #NJDvsCOL is underway and Sami Vatanen plays in his first game with the #NJDevils!

He joined the team when they were on a three-game road trip and practiced for the first time in New Jersey on December 7, 2017 and played his first game at Prudential Center the next night.

Tweet from @NJDevils: 👋After a long road trip, Sami Vatanen has arrived at The Rock! Welcome home, Sami!

And on December 27, 2017, he netted his first goal as a Devil.

Tweet from @NJDevils: VAT WILL DO IT! Sami Vatanen picks up his first goal as a Devil, an ENG! #DETvsNJD

During episode 4 of 82 Game Odyssey presented by Investors Bank last year, he talked about the trade and becoming a Devil.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Sami Vatanen was surprised to learn he���d been traded to New Jersey, but he���s quickly stepped into a vital role with the club.Watch the full episode of #Devils82GO presented by @InvestorsBank���:

Fast forward one year, and Vatanen reflects on the last year, playing for Anaheim, and the difference between the two teams he's played for.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Sami Vatanen reflects on his time with Anaheim, the trade over a year ago, and playing against his friend Ryan Getzlaf. 👂 Coach Hynes:

One thing's for sure, when he is back on the West Coast, you can catch him at his favorite restaurant, Selanne's Steakhouse in Laguna Beach, California. One of the owners of the restaurant also happens to be Vatanen's favorite player growing up, former teammate and Hall of Famer, Teemu Selanne.

Vatanen started playing hockey at the age of five and played soccer and hockey while growing up in Finland. If he wasn't a hockey player, he'd be a professional golfer - which also happens to be his favorite hobby. Although we couldn't snag a photo of him and him pup, Morko, we know that we can always count on him to put smiles on fans' faces.

Tweet from @NJDevils: These #NJDevils all have a heart of gold. #DevilsCare | @RWJBarnabas

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