ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (pronounced KA-poh kakh-KOH-nihn) under emergency conditions from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Kahkonen, 22 (8/16/96), is 4-1-1 in six games with Iowa this season and leads the AHL with a 0.98 goals-against average (GAA), a .966 save percentage (SV%) and three shutouts. He was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 18 and recorded a franchise record shutout streak of 222:22 that ended Nov. 21.
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Kahkonen went 20-23-12 with a 2.20 GAA, a .915 SV% and six shutouts in 56 games for Lukko Rauma in the Finnish Elite League in 2017-18. The 6-foot-2, 214-pound native of Helsinki, Finland, recorded career highs in games played, wins and shutouts last season while leading league goalies in games played, minutes (3,275) and shutouts, ranked T-3rd in wins, fourth in SV% and fifth in GAA. Kahkonen won a gold medal playing for Finland at the 2016 World Junior Championship, going 4-0-0 with a 2.52 GAA and a .909 SV% in four games. He also represented Finland at the 2015 World Junior Championship, serving as the third goalie.
Minnesota selected Kahkonen in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Wild on May 16, 2018. Kahkonen has not appeared in an NHL game and will wear sweater No. 31 with Minnesota.