Kai Kantola

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Kai Kantola
Kantola Kai Ilves 2011 1.jpg
Born (1987-09-11) September 11, 1987 (age 28)
North York, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Liiga team
Former teams
Espoo Blues
Norfolk Admirals
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present

Kai Kantola (born September 11, 1987) is a Finnish-American professional ice hockey forward who currently plays for Espoo Blues of the Finnish Liiga.

Playing career[edit]

Kantola was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina and first played midget hockey with the East Coast Eagles. Kantola, of Finnish descent, played the U-18 level for Kiekkoreipas for a season before continuing his junior career in America with the Fargo-Moorhead Jets of the North American Hockey League. After two seasons with the Jets, Kantola committed to play collegiate hockey with Bowling Green State University.[1]

Following completion of his full four-year tenure with the Falcons, Kantola played 2 games to end the 2009-10 season with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. As an undrafted free agent, Kantola opted to continue his career in the familiar surroundings of Finland, signing his first professional contract with Ilves of the SM-liiga on June 1, 2010.

After four seasons with Ilves, and improving his points totals in each season whilst providing a power based style, Kantola moved to Liiga rival, the Espoo Blues on a two-year contract on April 16, 2014.[2] Kantola was selected as the Best Player of September 2014 in the SM-liiga.[3]


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