For Kasperi Kapanen, getting into the family business was a no-brainer.
Kapanen, 17, has emerged as a third-generation star in SM-liiga, Finland's top professional league.
His grandfather, Hannu Kapanen, was a forward for five seasons with Jokerit and HIFK, and also played for Finland at the 1976 Canada Cup and 1976 Olympics.
His father, Sami Kapanen, was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in the fourth round (No. 87) of the 1995 NHL Draft, and had 458 points in 831 games in 12 seasons with the Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers. He left the NHL after the 2007-08 season, but has played five of the past six seasons with Kalpa in SM-liiga. Kapanen also is the majority owner of the team.
And for the second straight season, one of Sami's teammates will be his oldest son, Kasperi.