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Kalle Kossila signs NHL contract with Anaheim

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Kossila preparing for a faceoff against Ferris State in this year's NCAA tournament. Photo by Maddie MacFarlane.
Kossila preparing for a faceoff against Ferris State in this year’s NCAA tournament. Photo by Maddie MacFarlane.

The Anaheim Ducks announced Wednesday that they have signed SCSU two-way F Kalle Kossila to a two-year entry-level contract.

Kossila, a Kauniainen, Finland native, was tied with North Dakota’s Brock Boeser for fifth in the nation in scoring, with 54 total points. Kossila finished the year with 14 goals and recorded the single-season SCSU record with 40 assists. He also finished second in career assists, with 105, despite an injury-plagued junior campaign. He also finished his career with 153 total points, good for sixth all-time in St. Cloud State history.

Before coming to St. Cloud State, Kossila played for the Espoo Blues’ U18 team, who play in the Finnish SM-liiga. He also gained international experience playing for Finland’s junior U18 team.

Kossila is notable for his strong skating ability, along with his ability to play two-ways. Kossila’s 40 assists ranked second in the nation, behind only Michigan’s J.T. Compher.

Kossila’s two-year deal will go in effect next season, and the Star Tribune reported that Kossila will report to the San Diego Gulls, Anaheim’s AHL affiliate on an amateur tryout contract. Kossila joins his two teammates, Charlie Lindgren and Ethan Prow as players signing to professional contracts.

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