Janne Ojanen

Janne Juhani Ojanen (born April 9, 1968 in Tampere, Finland) is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey player who is the all-time leading scorer in Finland's SM-liiga with 799 points. He spent the majority of his career playing for SM-liiga team Tappara.

Janne Ojanen
Ojanen Janne Tappara 2008 1.jpg
Born (1968-04-09) April 9, 1968 (age 53)
Tampere, Finland
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
SM-liiga team
Former teams
Tappara
NHL
New Jersey Devils
Elitserien
Malmö IF
Nationalliga A
HC Lugano
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 45th overall, 1986
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1985–2010

Playing careerEdit

Early Career in FinlandEdit

Ojanen started his playing career playing for his hometown team Tappara. Ojanen played 3 SM-liiga games on his first season. Two years earlier Ojanen was selected as the best player in Pohjola Leiri, an annual youth training camp where the best under-18 players play and are selected to Youth National Team. Ojanen was drafted to NHL the following year by New Jersey Devils. Ojanen played his first adult international tournaments in 1987 as he was selected to Finland's Canada Cup and World Championship teams. Ojanen was part of the 1988 Olympic Team which won Finland's first International tournament medal. Ojanen won the SM-liiga Championship twice in 1987 and 1988 during his early years in Tappara.

First Attempt in NHLEdit

In 1988, Ojanen was acquired by New Jersey Devils, the team which had drafted Ojanen in 1986. Ojanen's debut season consisted of three games in the NHL and 72 in Devils affiliate team Utica Devils.

During the following season, Ojanen had more games for the Devils and stayed on the roster for the entire season, scoring 30 points in 64 games. After his first full season in Devils, he decided to return to Finland

Brief return to FinlandEdit

After his two years in North America, Ojanen returned to Finland played two seasons for Tappara. Ojanen also played in the 1991 Canada Cup. During 1991–92 Season Ojanen returned to New Jersey.

Second NHL VisitEdit

Ojanen made his NHL return in 1991–92 NHL playoffs and played three games for the Devils. Ojanen's fourth NHL season however was not that good. He played 31 games for Devils during the 1992–93 NHL season and seven games for Cincinnati Cyclones, scoring 9 points for Cyclones. After the end of the season Ojanen again went back to Finland.

Return to FinlandEdit

Ojanen returned to Tappara for the 1993–94 SM-liiga season and was in good shape as he was one of the leading players for Tappara. He also had some international glory during his first season back in Europe. Ojanen played in the 1994 Winter Olympics and 1994 World Championships, winning Olympic bronze and World Championships silver.

The colour of his World Championship medal improved as Ojanen was part of the first world championship winning team of Finland, when they beat rival Sweden 4 goals to 1 in the finals and the tournament was played in Sweden. During the 1994–95 season Ojanen played also for Swiss HC Lugano in Nationalliga A playoffs, as Tappara's SM-liga season had ended.

Ojanen played the following season for Tappara and was selected to World Cup and World Championship squads.

Visit to Sweden and final return to FinlandEdit

After three seasons in Tappara, Ojanen was signed by the Swedish Elitserien Malmö IF Redhawks. Ojanen had signed a two-year contract to Malmö and played well in Sweden. During his first season, he was selected to 1997 World Championship team.

After his two-year stay in Sweden, Ojanen made his return to Tappara. Although he was already 30 years old, he still was one of the top Finnish players in SM-liiga and had a big role in Tappara. Ojanen had a consistent form during his seasons and was selected to World Championships for the last time in 2002.

Late careerEdit

Ojanen won his final SM-liiga Championship in 2003 when Tappara won Kärpät in the Finals. Ojanen had acquired the captaincy of Tappara in 2000 and his time as captain has lasted for 8 years. He has announced that he will continue to play one more season 2008–2009. During his time in Tappara, Ojanen has been viewed as the premier player for Tappara like Erik Hämäläinen is for Lukko and Raimo Helminen is for Ilves. Ojanen's has played his entire SM-liiga career in Tappara.

On November 28, 2009 Ojanen became top scorer all-time in SM-liiga, surpassing Arto Javanainen who had held a record for 16 years.

International careerEdit

Ojanen played 205 games for Finland, with 50 goals and 74 assists. He played six World Championship tournaments, twice in Canada Cup, once in World Cup and played three times in the Winter Olympics. For several years, Ojanen was the only Finnish player to have won both a World Junior Championship and a Men's World Championships gold medal. In 2011, he was joined by Niko Kapanen and Pasi Puistola.

Awards, honors and recordsEdit

Awards Year
Liiga
Finnish Champion (Kanada-malja) 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88, 2002-03
Runners-up 2000-01, 2001-02
Bronze Medal 2007-08
Aarne Honkavaara award 2001-02
Veli-Pekka Ketola award 2001-02

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1984–85 Whitby Lawmen OJHL 15 8 6 14 6
1985–86 Tappara FIN U20 14 5 12 17 30 5 2 3 5 8
1985–86 Tappara SM-l 3 0 0 0 2
1986–87 Tappara SM-l 40 18 13 31 16 9 4 6 10 2
1987–88 Tappara SM-l 44 21 31 52 30 10 4 4 8 12
1988–89 New Jersey Devils NHL 3 0 1 1 2
1988–89 Utica Devils AHL 72 23 37 60 10 5 0 3 3 0
1989–90 New Jersey Devils NHL 64 17 13 30 12
1990–91 Tappara SM-l 44 14 33 47 36 3 1 2 3 6
1991–92 Tappara SM-l 44 21 27 48 24
1991–92 New Jersey Devils NHL 3 0 2 2 0
1992–93 New Jersey Devils NHL 31 4 9 13 14
1992–93 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 7 1 8 9 0
1993–94 Tappara SM-l 39 22 24 46 24 10 2 9 11 2
1994–95 Tappara SM-l 50 22 33 55 74
1994–95 HC Lugano NDA 1 0 1 1 0
1995–96 Tappara SM-l 45 20 44 64 34 4 2 2 4 2
1996–97 Malmö IF SEL 41 10 29 39 28 4 0 1 1 4
1997–98 Malmö IF SEL 45 11 22 33 42
1998–99 Tappara SM-l 54 14 32 46 30
1999–2000 Tappara SM-l 53 18 47 65 54 4 3 7 10 2
2000–01 Tappara SM-l 54 15 26 41 71 10 2 4 6 33
2001–02 Tappara SM-l 54 20 41 61 30 10 2 7 9 6
2002–03 Tappara SM-l 56 12 27 39 16 15 2 5 7 4
2003–04 Tappara SM-l 43 11 20 31 49 3 1 0 1 0
2004–05 Tappara SM-l 52 16 13 29 44 8 2 2 4 16
2005–06 Tappara SM-l 47 7 21 28 36 6 1 0 1 8
2006–07 Tappara SM-l 56 12 32 44 38 5 0 1 1 2
2007–08 Tappara SM-l 56 17 35 52 26 11 2 2 4 6
2008–09 Tappara SM-l 24 2 11 13 18
2009–10 Tappara SM-l 18 1 6 7 24 5 0 2 2 4
SM-l totals 876 283 516 799 676 113 28 53 81 105
NHL totals 98 21 23 44 28 3 0 2 2 0

InternationalEdit

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing   Finland
Olympic Games
  1988 Calgary Team
  1994 Lillehammer Team
World Championships
  1992 Czechoslovakia Team
  1994 Italy Team
  1995 Sweden Team
World Junior Championships
  1987 Czechoslovakia Team
  1988 Soviet Union Team
Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1986 Finland EJC 5 5 7 12 10
1987 Finland WJC 7 3 9 12 6
1987 Finland WC 8 3 3 6 9
1987 Finland CC 5 0 1 1 0
1988 Finland WJC 7 6 5 11 16
1988 Finland OLY 8 2 1 3 4
1991 Finland CC 6 2 2 4 2
1994 Finland OLY 8 4 2 6 8
1994 Finland WC 8 2 2 4 6
1995 Finland WC 8 0 4 4 4
1996 Finland WC 6 2 0 2 6
1996 Finland WCH 4 1 1 2 0
1997 Finland WC 7 2 4 6 6
2002 Finland WC 9 2 2 4 8
Junior totals 19 14 21 35 32
Senior totals 77 20 22 42 53

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Risto Kurkinen
Winner of the Jarmo Wasama memorial trophy
1986–87
Succeeded by
Mika Nieminen
Preceded by
Tony Virta
Winner of the Lasse Oksanen trophy
2001–02
Succeeded by
Antti Miettinen
Preceded by
Kai Nurminen
Winner of the Veli-Pekka Ketola trophy
2001–02
Succeeded by
Jan Caloun
Preceded by
Raimo Helminen
Winner of the President's trophy
2001–02
Succeeded by
Päivi Halonen
Preceded by
Tommi Paakkolanvaara
Winner of the Raimo Kilpiö trophy
2007–08
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Pasi Petriläinen
Captain of Tappara
2000–2009
Succeeded by
Pekka Saravo