Western Michigan sophomore blueliner Kaski leaves school for Finnish pro deal

 (Candace Horgan)
Western Michigan defenseman Oliwer Kaski is off to play pro hockey in his native Finland (photo: Candace Horgan).

Western Michigan sophomore defenseman Oliwer Kaski has signed with HIFK of the Finnish Elite League.

Kaski leaves WMU after playing in 32 career games, scoring four goals and adding eight assists for 12 points. The Pori, Finland, native appeared in one game in the 2016-17 season.

“I’m really grateful for the opportunity I got here,” said Kaski in a news release. “I think I became a better player here and would not have had this opportunity if not for my time as a Bronco. I’d like to thank head coach Andy Murray and my teammates for making this place feel like home for the past year.”

Kaski made his collegiate debut in a 1-1 tie at Ferris State on Oct. 10, 2015. In doing so, he became the first Finnish national to play for Western Michigan.

“We are very happy for Oliwer,” added Murray. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for him with one of the top professional hockey teams in Finland. It’s a chance for him to go home and to also continue his college education in Helsinki.”

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