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Oliwer Kaski
Born September 4, 1995,
Pori
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)
Position Defenceman
Shoots Right
KHL team
F. teams
Avangard Omsk
NCAA
Western Michigan Univ.
Liiga
HIFK
Pelicans
Mestis
Kiekko-Vantaa
AHL
Grand Rapids Griffins
Charlotte Checkers
Ntl. team Flag of Finland.png Finland
Playing career 2010–present


Oliwer Kaski (born on September 4, 1995 in Pori) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing with the Avangard Omsk of the KHL.

His father Olli was also a professional ice hockey player for fifteen years, eleven of them with the Liiga's Ässät.[1]

Club career[]

Kaski began playing junior hockey with the Ässät organisation. In the 2011-12 season, he played 4 games of junior hockey with the KJK organisation, 13 games with the Ässät organisation and 1 game with the Dallas Penguins 18U AA. In 2012 - 2015, he played junior hockey with the Ässät organisation again.

Kaski played with the Western Michigan Univ. in the 2015-16 season and one game at the beginning of the 2016-17 season, becoming the first player born in Finland to play for Western Michigan Univ..[2][3] In November 2016, his sophomore year at Western Michigan, Kaski signed with the HIFK of the Liiga.[3] He played there 36 regular season games plus 12 play-off games in this season. He also played 3 games with the HIFK junior team and 3 games on loan with the Kiekko-Vantaa of the Mestis.

Kaski spent the whole 2017-18 season with the HIFK of the Liiga, then he signed with the Pelicans in April 2018.[4] During the 2018-19 season, Kaski had a breakout year. He won the Pekka Rautakallio Award for the Liiga's best defenceman, the Lasse Oksanen Award for the Liiga's best player of the regular season and the Juha Rantasila Trophy for the Liiga's defenceman with most goals scored as Kaski scored 18 goals. He was also the defenceman with most points (50) recorded in this season of the Liiga, was named the Liiga Player of the Month in January, 2019 and was selected into the Liiga All-Star Team.

On May 28, 2019, Kaski signed as a free agent to an one-year, entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings organisation.[5] After attending the Detroit Red Wings' of the NHL training camp, Kaski was assigned to begin the 2019-20 season with their AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. Kaski contributed with 2 goals and 5 points through 19 games before on December 12, 2019, Kaski was traded by the Red Wings to the Carolina Hurricanes organisation in exchange for Kyle Wood.[6] Kaski found his scoring touch with AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, registering 11 goals in just 35 games from the blueline.

As an impending restricted free agent with the Hurricanes, Kaski opted to leave North America in agreeing to a one-year contract with Russian club, Avangard Omsk of the KHL on June 18, 2020.[7] In the 2020-21 season, he became the KHL Gagarin Cup champion.

International career[]

Kaski played with the Finnish National Team at the 2019 World Championship winning there the gold medal.

Career statistics[]

Regular season and playoffs[]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2013–14 Ässät Jr. A 37 10 7 17 10 7 1 1 2 0
2014–15 Ässät Jr. A 48 10 27 37 12 4 0 1 1 0
2015–16 Western Michigan University NCHC 31 4 8 12 4
2016–17 Western Michigan University NCHC 1 0 0 0 0
2016–17 HIFK Liiga 36 2 4 6 0 12 1 1 2 0
2016–17 HIFK Jr. A 3 3 2 5 2
2016–17 Kiekko-Vantaa Mestis 3 0 1 1 2
2017–18 HIFK Liiga 49 9 7 16 10 13 3 4 7 0
2018–19 Lahti Pelicans Liiga 59 19 32 51 10 6 2 2 4 0
2019–20 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 19 2 3 5 12
2019–20 Charlotte Checkers AHL 35 11 9 20 2
Liiga totals 144 30 43 73 20 31 6 7 13 0
Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of Finland.png Finland
World Championships
Gold 2019 Slovakia

International[]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2019 Finland WC Gold medal icon.svg 10 0 2 2 4
Senior totals 10 0 2 2 4

Awards and honours[]

Award Year
Liiga
Juha Rantasila Trophy 2019
Lasse Oksanen Trophy 2019 [8]

References[]

  1. Leijonien uuden tähtipelaajan ura alkoi hankalasti ja välillä päätä silittivät vain isä ja äiti: " Se oli erittäin hankala tilanne, kun en voinut sanoa yhtään mitään" (Finnish) (11 February 2019). Retrieved on 7 March 2019.
  2. 2015-16 WMU HOCKEY RECORD BOOK. Retrieved on 26 October 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Oliwer Kaski Signs With HIFK. Retrieved on 26 October 2018.
  4. Oliwer Kaski: "Lahdesta oli kova kiinnostus minua kohtaan" (Finnish). Liiga.fi (9 April 2018). Retrieved on 7 March 2019.
  5. Red Wings add free agent defenseman Oliwer Kaski (28 May 2019).
  6. Kujawa, Kyle (12 December 2019). Red Wings acquire defenseman Kyle Wood from Carolina. Retrieved on 12 December 2019.
  7. Avangard sign World Champion Oliwer Kaski (Russian). Avangard Omsk (18 June 2020). Retrieved on 18 June 2020.
  8. The rise of Oliwer Kaski; from unknown rookie to Lasse Oksanen Trophy (Finnish). iltalehti.fi (2019-03-20). Retrieved on 2019-03-20.

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