Mikko Vainonen
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 3"
BIRTHDATE: 04/11/1994
DRAFTED: NSH: 2012-118 overall
CAREER NOTES: Played his second season with the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) in 2013-14, helping them to their best regular-season record in 14 years… Tied for second among Kingston defensemen in 2014 playoff scoring (1g-3a)… Recorded two assists in seven games at the 2014 World Junior Championship, helping Finland clam their first Gold Medal at the tournament since 1987… Appeared in two of the Milwaukee Admirals’ (AHL) final three games of the 2013-14 season after joining them on an amateur tryout agreement upon the completion of his junior season… Spent his first season in North America with Kingston in 2012-13 after being selected sixth overall by it in the 2012 CHL Import Draft… Ranked fourth among Kingston blueliners in points (4g-18a-22pts)... Tied for the Kingston team lead in points during the 2013 postseason with three (2g-1a) in four games... Participated in Finland's selection camp for the 2013 World Junior Championship… Helped HIFK’s junior club win the 2012 Finnish junior league title… Tied for ninth in goals (7) and 11th in points (18) among Finnish junior league defensemen in 2011-12… Captained the Finnish squad at the 2012 U-18 World Championship, posting four assists and eight penalty minutes in seven games… Notched two assists and 10 penalty minutes for Finland at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge… Captained Finland at the 2011 Under-17 European Youth Olympic Festival… Tied for fifth in defensemen goals (7) and for 11th in points (18) with the HIFK under-16 squad in 2009-10… Helped HIFK’s under-16 team win the league title in 2009-10, tying for sixth among blueliners in points (3g-2a) and ranking third among all skaters in penalty minutes (33) during the playoffs…Named to the 2009 Under-16 Pohjola Camp All-Star Team… On Twitter @MikkoVainonen.