1 January 1999|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
18th overall, 2017|
Urho Vaakanainen (born 1 January 1999) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenseman. He most recently played with SaiPa in the Finnish Liiga. He was selected 18th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Vaakanainen played as a youth in his native Finland with the Espoo Blues. He made his professional debut with the Espoo Blues in the Liiga during the 2015–16 season, contributing with 6 points in 25 games. On 28 April 2016, Vaakanainen signed a one-year deal with hometown club, JYP Jyväskylä.
Vaakanainen earned a regular role within the JYP Jyväskylä blueline in the 2016–17 season, appearing in a career high 41 games, in matching his offensive output with 6 points. He registered 3 assists in 14 post-season games before losing in 7 games in the semi-finals to KalPa.
On 5 May 2017, Vaakanainen left JYP Jyväskylä after just one season and signed a one-year contract with his third Liiga club, SaiPa. Vaakanainen's progress was recognised as he was drafted in the first-round, 18th overall, in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. On 13 June 2018, Vaakanainen signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Bruins.
|Men's ice hockey|
|IIHF U18 Championships|
|2016 United States|
Vaakanainen first represented Finland at the 2015 World U-17 Hockey Challenge where Finland finished 5th. He won the gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World U18 Championships and he then won the silver medal the year after in 2017 at the same tournament.
Regular season and playoffs
|2014–15||Espoo Blues||Jr. A||30||4||8||12||34||9||2||0||2||0|
|2015–16||Espoo Blues||Jr. A||18||2||11||13||8||2||0||0||0||2|
|2016–17||JYP Jyväskylä||Jr. A||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Tilastot – #13 Vaakanainen, Urho". Liiga. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
- "JYP recruit hometown prospect Vaakanainen" (in Finnish). JYP Jyväskylä. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
- "Urho Vaakanainen to SaiPa" (in Finnish). SaiPa. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
- "Bruins select Urho Vaakanainen with 18th overall pick". NESN. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
- "Bruins Sign Urho Vaakanainen To 3-Year Entry-Level Contract". NHL.com. 13 June 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
- "Harri Vaakanainen player profile". eliteprospects.com. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Boston Bruins first round draft pick