As the son of a player, draft prospect Kasperi Kapanen grew up around NHL rinks. Naturally, this lifestyle led to some very interesting stories.
His father Sami Kapanen would have him around after practice and the young Kapanen would go out on the ice. At the Scouting Combine, Kasperi told one of the more interesting, and potentially dangerous, stories he has from his childhood.
“I remember a story where I was actually on the ice when I was around three or four with my dad after practice and I think it was Bates Battaglia who was taking slap shots on the boards and he wasn’t looking up at all,” said Kapanen. “I was skating right in the way and I didn’t have a helmet on, or I did but it still wouldn’t have helped that much, so I think he shot it three or four inches above my head so my dad kind of got mad at him a little bit but there’s a lot of stories.”
Battaglia and Sami Kapanen played together on the Carolina Hurricanes from 1997-2003.