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Kalle Kossila

Kalle Kossila (born 14 April 1993) is a French-born Finnish professional ice hockey Forward. He is currently playing for the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career

Kossila first played junior hockey in his homeland of Finland, with professional clubs, Jokerit and Espoo Blues before moving to North America to play collegiate hockey on a scholarship with St. Cloud State University of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

With strong offensive instincts and top-level speed, Kossila proved as a scoring forward at the collegiate level with the Huskies. His scholastic ability within college was noted at the conclusion of the 2014–15 season as he was awarded the NCHC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In his senior year with the Huskies in 2015–16, Kossila led the team and co-led the NCHC in scoring, alongside Brock Boeser, with 54 points in 41 games in helping St. Cloud capture the Frozen Faceoff championship.

Kossila completed his collegiate career, ranking second all-time with 105 assists and sixth in points with 153 in 157 games for St. Cloud State. On 31 March 2016, as an undrafted free agent, Kossila agreed to a two-year entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks. He immediately joined AHL affiliate, the San Diego Gulls on an amateur try-out basis, and made his professional debut in finishing the regular season with 2 goals and 4 points in 6 games.

In his first full professional season and after attending the Ducks training camp, Kossila was assigned to begin the 2016–17 season with the Gulls. Assuming a top-line role within San Diego, Kossila was amongst the club's leaders in offensive totals before he received his first recall to the Anaheim Ducks on 25 January 2017. He made his NHL debut later that night in a 4–0 defeat to the Edmonton Oilers.

Having left the Ducks as a free agent after four seasons within the organization, Kossila was signed to a two-year, two-way contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 24, 2019.

Personal

Kossila holds both Finnish and French citizenship.

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Awards and honours