11 April 1994|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||222 lb (101 kg; 15 st 12 lb)|
118th overall, 2012|
Mikko Vainonen was a hard working defenceman in his childhood. He played a lot of floorball with his friends in residential Helsinki.
He made his professional debut playing with HIFK of the SM-liiga during the 2011–12 SM-liiga season. He was selected in the fourth-round, 118th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. In the following season and in pursuit of his NHL ambition, he moved to North America to play major junior after he was drafted in the 2012 CHL import draft in the 1st round, 6th overall by the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League.
In 24 May 2013, he was signed to a three-year entry level contract with the Nashville Predators. Vainonen split time between Nashville's farm teams the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League and the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL over the next two seasons, before being loaned to Liiga's SaiPa to finish the 2014–15 season.
At the start of the 2015–16 NHL season Vainonen and Nashville agreed to mutually terminate his contract, allowing him to seek employment elsewhere. He returned to his native Finland, coming to terms with Ässät Pori of the top tier Liiga.
After parts of two seasons with German club, Krefeld Pinguine of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Vainonen returned again to the Liiga, securing a one-year deal with his fourth Finnish club, Vaasan Sport, on 29 March 2018.
On June 19, 2019, Vainonen opted to continue in the EBEL agreeing to a one-year contract with the Dornbirn Bulldogs.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|World Junior Championships|
- "Predators sign 2012 fourth-round pick Mikko Vainonen". Nashville Predators. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- Tim Wharnsby (9 October 2015). "Mikko Vainonen clears unconditional waivers". Twitter. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
- "Mikko Vainonen confirmed signing for Sport" (in Finnish). Vaasan Sport. 29 March 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
- "Three new arrivals" (in German). Dornbirn Bulldogs. 19 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.[permanent dead link]
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
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