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10-14-2010, 02:39 PM
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Philadelphia selects W Lasse Oksanen

5'11", 180 lbs.
9x Finnish 1st-Team All Star RW
282 games with Finnish National Team
1x Top Goalscorer SM Liiga (69-70)
1x SM Liiga MVP ('66)
1x Italian League Champion
3x Finnish Olympian (10 goals in 24 career games)
#14 retired by Ilves Tampere
IIHF Hall of Fame Member
Finnish Hockey Hall of Fame Member
498 points in 477 career SM Liiga games
SM Liiga MVP trophy named after Oksanen
1x Most Gentlemanly Player in SM Liiga Award Winner (67-68)
10x Competitor in World Championships (26 goals, 23 assists in 89 games)

A true legend in his native Finland, but for a 3-time Olympian and IIHF Hall of Famer, Lasse Oksanen is relatively unknown to the rest of the world.

Perhaps this is because he shunned the bright lights and money of the NHL to spend almost his entire career leading his countreymen in Finland. And not only that but he spent his entire career with one club, his beloved Ilves Tampere. This is the mark of a man dedicated to his sport, his country and his people dearest to him. 9-time All Star Oksanen was truly the epitome of dedication.

Born in Tampere, Finland Lasse played 477 games in 19 seasons in the Finnish top division, scoring 498 points (268 + 230). He was a Finnish League All-Star 9 times. His international career included playing 282 times for Finland in 11 World Championships and 3 Olympics. He played with Ilves Tampere his entire career.

Besides the accomplishments of Hagman and Lehtinen, Lasse Oksanen played 19 seasons for Ilves Tempere team in Finland...

In short, these three players and several other athletes have become role models and legends in ice hockey for Finnish sports fans.

Lasse Oksanen came along in 1960 and was an excellent player who hung around for 13 seasons...

Finnish star Lasse Oksanen may have also been in Vancouver's training camp in the early 1970s.

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