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After playing nine seasons abroad, Kossila returned home and signed a two-year deal with Jokerit this offseason. The forward was silent in his first couple of games with the Jokers, but then he amassed six points in just two games and helped the Helsinki franchise winning four in a row. Jokerit is now the third seed in the West, with the gaps being very close at this start of the season. The versatile forward is currently leading the Finn side with 6 (3+3) points produced in the season’s first six games. He also trails only Iiro Pakarinen by one tally with three goals scored.

Early years

Kossila was actually born in France on Apr. 14, 1993, before moving to Finland, aged two. He then played junior hockey in his homeland with professional clubs Jokerit and Espoo Blues before moving to North America to play collegiate hockey. During his time in Finland, he earned caps with the U18 and U18 junior national teams but never represented his country in major tournaments.

Move to North America

After several years with the Blues, Kossila crossed the Ocean on a scholarship with St. Cloud State University of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

With strong offensive skills and speed to burn, Kossila proved as a scoring forward at the collegiate level with the Huskies. His scholastic ability within college hockey was noted after the 2014–15 season as he was awarded the NCHC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. In his senior year with the Huskies in 2015–16, Kossila led the team and co-led the NCHC in scoring with 54 (21+33) points in 41 games in helping St. Cloud capture the Frozen Faceoff championship. He was included in the postseason second All-Star Team and was one of the top all-time scorers with the Huskies.

Moving up the ranks

As an undrafted free agent, Kossila signed a two-year entry-level deal with the Anaheim Ducks. He went on spending three seasons with the Californian NHL franchise, but never won a full-time spot with the big boys. He scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 26, 2017. He was much more successful at the AHL level with the San Diego Gulls, then he moved to the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. He played two seasons in Toronto, both in the AHL with the Marlies, and he made the postseason All-Star team in 2020-2021 after starting the season in Germany due to the pandemic. However, as an impending free agent, Kossila signed with Jokerit in June.

Move to the KHL

So far, Kossila has been the most successful signing by Jokerit in this offseason — he’s leading the team in points and co-leading in assists. The season is still young, but it looks like Jokerit has a more capable roster this season, and they just finally defeated Lokomotiv 2-0 at home after being swept in last year’s first round. This year, the Jokers will certainly look forward to a second-round qualification.

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