Eddie's Jersey Room

A visual resource for the historical research of Colorado Avalanche NHL game worn or game used hockey jerseys, their characteristics, and the players who have worn them.

27 Ossi Vaananen

Ossi Vaananen Colorado Avalanche game worn jersey Back
Ossi Vaananen Colorado Avalanche game worn jersey Front
2005-2006 Tenth Season
Reebok (CCM) Airknit. Set 1. Neck tagging 56.
NHL-MGG No. C02696

This jersey shows very light wear with a few light scuffs and marks in the lower sleeves. The Avalanche ten-year anniversary patch is located on the left chest. The Meigray tag is sewn in the rear hem, and the jersey is accompanied by the NHL-MGG LOA. This season's jerseys are tagged "04-05" as the jerseys were prepped prior to the lockout—an additional tag has been sewn next to the set tag designating the jersey as having been worn in 05-06 instead.

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Brand and nameplate
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Set patch
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10th Anniversary patch
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NHL patch rear hem
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Hem marks
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Hem marks
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Ossi Vaananen

Ossi Vaananan was born August 18, 1980 in Vantaa, Finland. The second round, 43rd overall selection of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Vaananan came to North America in 2000-01 after playing six seasons in the Jokerit Helsinki junior and senior systems.

A solid defender, Vaananan joined the Coyotes in 2000-01 and led all NHL rookies in hits with 190 and finished his first two campaigns with positive plus/minus rating. Injuries limited the young blueliner in 2002-03 to a mere 67 games and spent the better part of the 2003-04 season with Coyotes before being dealt to the Colorado Avalanche along with Chris Gratton at the trading deadline.

Vaananen was a regular over two seasons in Colorado before he opted to sign overseas with the Swedish league. He returned to the NHL in 2008 after he singed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers.

On the international stage, Vaananen is a two-time member of Finland's World Junior team (1999-2000), a four-time member of its World Championship team (2001, 2003, 2005 and 2008), and has suited up for his homeland at the 2002 Winter Olympics and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Defense
Born: August 18, 1980 - Vantaa, Finland
6-4, 212 lbs.

Selected by the Phoenix Coyotes round 2 #43 overall 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Traded to Colorado by Phoenix with Chris Gratton and Phoenix's 2nd round choice (Paul Stastny) in 2005 Entry Draft for Derek Morris and Keith Ballard, March 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), December 1, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Djurgarden (Sweden), September 26, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 1, 2008. Claimed on waivers by Vancouver from Philadelphia, February 27, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Minsk (KHL), July 31, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Jokerit Helsinki (Finland), May 4, 2010.

  • Finnish Junior Player of the Year Award (2000)