Kaapo Kakko

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Kaapo Kakko
Kaapo Kakko.jpg
Born (2001-02-13) 13 February 2001 (age 18)
Turku, Finland
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New York Rangers
TPS
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 2019
New York Rangers
Playing career 2017–present

Kaapo Kakko (born 13 February 2001) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward who is currently playing for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Kakko was selected second overall by the Rangers in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Kakko plays right wing, but also has experience playing at center. He made his professional debut playing with HC TPS of the Finnish Liiga.

Playing career[edit]

On 21 June 2019, as the top ranked European skater heading into the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Kakko was selected in the first-round, 2nd overall, by the New York Rangers.[1][2] On 11 July 2019, he was signed to a three-year, entry-level with the Rangers.[3]

Kakko is one of few professional players who has both Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.[4][5]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Finland
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2019 Slovakia
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2019 Canada
World U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2018 Russia

Kakko scored the gold medal winning goal for team Finland in the 2019 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships on 5 January 2019.[6] Kakko is the youngest player in hockey history to win gold in all three IIHF world championship tournaments; World U18 Championships, World Junior Championships and World Championships.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2016–17 TPS Jr. A 7 0 4 4 0 3 0 1 1 0
2017–18 TPS Jr. A 38 25 30 55 16
2017–18 TPS Liiga 6 0 1 1 0
2018–19 TPS Liiga 45 22 16 38 10 5 4 1 5 6
Liiga totals 51 22 17 39 10 5 4 1 5 6

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2018 Finland U18 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 4 6 10 2
2019 Finland WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 2 3 5 0
2019 Finland WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 6 1 7 0
Senior totals 10 6 1 7 0

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
Liiga
Jarmo Wasama memorial trophy (Liiga Rookie of the Year) 2019
President's Trophy (Most impressive player in Finnish ice hockey) 2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hughes tops 2019 NHL Draft final ranking of North American skaters". National Hockey League. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Devils take Jack Hughes at No.1, and the Rangers pick Kaapo Kakko". New York Times. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Rangers agree to terms with Kaapo Kakko". New York Rangers. 11 July 2019. Retrieved 11 July 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Rivard, Happy. "A look ahead at the 2019 Draft Class". Hockey Wilderness. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  5. ^ Staff, HP. "HockeyProspect.com's Early 2019 NHL Draft Top 31 Ranking". Hockey Prospect. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  6. ^ Aykroyd, Lucas. "Kaapo Kakko gives Finns gold". IIHF. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  7. ^ Peters, Chris (28 May 2019). "Prospect Kakko to pass on scouting combine". ESPN.com. Retrieved 29 May 2019. It also marked Kakko's third world championship in as many tries. He also helped Finland win the World Men's Under-18 Championship in 2018 and the World Junior Championship in January. He is the youngest player in IIHF history to complete the trifecta.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nils Lundkvist
New York Rangers first round draft pick
2019
Succeeded by
Incumbent