For some members of Finland's 2014 World Junior Championship entry, it was a final opportunity to win a gold medal at the U20 level. For Finnish defenseman Mikko Vainonen, it was his first and only chance to win gold at that level, and he made the most of it.
Vainonen played on Finland's third defensive pairing at the 2014 WJC, filling the role of a defensive defenseman. He filled that role well, posting two assists while posting a +1 rating for the tournament. The Helsinki native captained Finland's U18 squad back in 2012, but this was his first and only appearance at the U20 level.
Vainonen, a Nashville Predators prospect, plays for the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL. In his second season with that club, he has played in 34 games, scoring two goals and adding five assists while compiling a +11 rating so far in the 2013-14 campaign.
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