Ducks hopeful Kalle Kossila puts his creativity on viral display
PHILADELPHIA – Kalle Kossila always imagined taking the lacrosse-style goals he had fun doing in practice and actually trying it in a game. Not just any game, but one against real professionals.
With one bold move, the Ducks forward hopeful chucked convention aside made a name for himself on YouTube with the San Jose Barracuda’s Jacob Middleton and Troy Grosenick his unwitting co-stars.
In an American Hockey League game with the San Diego Gulls last January, Kossila got the puck alone behind the Barracuda net and surveyed his options. In most cases, if not all, it is customary to look for a teammate and set them up with a scoring chance.
As Middleton tracked him in going from one side of the net to the other, Kossila took the opposite direction behind it. His mind was made up by the time he made his move. Getting the puck to sit on his stick, the French-born Finnish forward lifted it up and picked an open top right corner of the net.
The move that Grosenick never recognized and Middleton was far too late to see went in the blink of an eye. And as a sellout crowd at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego erupted, Kossila celebrated with a lift of his right skate and a pump of his arms.
Brandon Montour couldn’t believe that it worked. “You kind of shake your head,” the Ducks’ defenseman said. “How did that happen? But it’s all in good fun.”
Montour could believe that it was Kossila who attempted it. An undrafted college free agent signed out of St. Cloud State, Kossila was called up on Monday and played in his second NHL game with the Ducks. His other one came last season.
“You see it in practice and stuff and you see the skill that he’s got,” Montour said. […]