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Kaapo Kakko
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Kakko at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft
Born 13 February 2001 (2001-02-13) (age 20)
Turku, Finland
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New York Rangers
TPS
National team Flag of Finland.svg 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 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 TPS of the Finnish Liiga.

Playing career

New York Rangers

On 21 June 2019, as the top-ranked European skater heading into the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Kakko was selected second overall by the New York Rangers. On 11 July 2019, he was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers.

Kakko made his NHL debut for the Rangers on 3 October 2019. He scored his first NHL career goal on 12 October at home against the Edmonton Oilers, becoming the eighth player in Rangers franchise history to score a goal at the age of 18 or younger. He also became the second player in NHL history born in the 21st century to score a goal, after Ville Heinola (also born in 2001), of the Winnipeg Jets who scored a goal just hours before Kakko on the same day.

International play

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of Finland.svg Finland
World Championships
Gold 2019 Slovakia
World Junior Championships
Gold 2019 Canada
World U18 Championships
Gold 2018 Russia

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

Personal life

Kakko has Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

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
2019–20 New York Rangers NHL 66 10 13 23 14 3 0 0 0 0
2020–21 New York Rangers NHL 48 9 8 17 10
Liiga totals 51 22 17 39 10 5 4 1 5 6
NHL totals 114 19 21 40 24 3 0 0 0 0

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2018 Finland U18 1 7 4 6 10 2
2019 Finland WJC 1 7 2 3 5 0
2019 Finland WC 1 10 6 1 7 0
Senior totals 10 6 1 7 0

Awards and honours

Award Year
Liiga
Jarmo Wasama memorial trophy 2019
President's Trophy 2019
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