Kaskisuo Signs With Toronto
Sophomore Goalie Gave Up Final Two Seasons at UMD
Kasimir Kaskisuo is giving up his final two seasons of college hockey eligibility to turn professional. UMD’s Finnish goalie is headed to Canada after he signed a two year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday.
Kaskisuo, who played his junior hockey in Cloquet with the first NAHL Minnesota Wilderness team, leaves UMD as the Bulldogs’ all–time leader in goals against average (2.10) and save percentage (.920).
He leaves behind a big hole in the Bulldogs’ depth chart in goal for next season, only third stringer Nick Deery returns for 2016-17.
But according to Kaskisuo, the time was right and the opportunity too good to pass up.
“Toronto came out with a pretty good opportunity,” said Kaskisuo. “Their coaching and the city with the hockey culture there, it would have been really hard to turn it down. It’s a dream come true and it’s what I’ve been waiting for since I was a little kid, signing with an NHL team. I just felt like I was physically ready for it, mentally too.”
Kaskisuo will report to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL for the rest of the season on an Amateur Tryout Contract. His deal starts next season.