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Coming in September: European Hockey Blog

We’re very pleased to introduce you to Risto Pakarinen, who has graciously agreed to contribute a regular column to KK this coming season, a weekly feature covering European players, both outside and inside the NHL.

Many of you are probably already familiar with Risto’s work, but for those who aren’t, we asked him to tell readers a few quick things about himself…

I’m a Finnish freelance writer, based in Stockholm, Sweden. That’s right, I’m deep behind the enemy lines.

I’m also a regular contributor to IIHF.com, NHL.com, The Hockey News, and several publications in Finland and Sweden. I’ve also covered four World Championships and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics for the IIHF.

And since I foolishly hoisted the Stanley Cup in my twenties, I wake up every morning knowing I will never be able to win it.

Risto’s posts will start in September.



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Primis's avatar

Wow, Risto now too?

Wow, just… wow.

Posted by Primis on 07/27/11 at 04:32 PM ET

brianmetzer's avatar

Great get guys! I am looking forward to the column! Welcome aboard!


Posted by brianmetzer on 07/27/11 at 04:39 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

How the fark did we pull that off?

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/27/11 at 04:41 PM ET

brianmetzer's avatar

After getting me George… anything was possible! wink

Kidding of course… Risto is a great get! Can’t wait to read the blog!

Posted by brianmetzer on 07/27/11 at 04:43 PM ET

Alanah McGinley's avatar

How the fark did we pull that off?

Compromising photos.

Oh wait, that was Brian! wink

I kid, I kid…

Posted by Alanah McGinley from British Columbia on 07/27/11 at 04:47 PM ET

edillac's avatar

awesome,as a european hockey wiever, I am very pleased,
thanks to both Paul and Risto

Posted by edillac from isolation on 07/27/11 at 04:49 PM ET



Onnea tässä

I hate to sound selfish, but is there any chance Risto can provide some coverage of this


even though it occurs in August?

Posted by Cubanpuckstopper on 07/27/11 at 04:51 PM ET

brianmetzer's avatar

No one was supposed to know about that Alanah! lol

Posted by brianmetzer on 07/27/11 at 04:55 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

I think it is fantastic that Kuklas’ is becoming the “blog of blogs”!

A one-stop shop!

And apparently convenient for bloggers of all sweaters to set up shop!

Well done, Paul!

Posted by w2j2 on 07/27/11 at 05:01 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Guess some of us have to respond to more than Wings’ posts and angering the few Pens fans on here…  smile

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 07/27/11 at 05:12 PM ET


Just had to say welcome…from a fellow Finn.

Posted by wingsluver4ever from TC on 07/27/11 at 05:38 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

YES ! Yes you do mrfluffy

Posted by Evilpens on 07/27/11 at 05:47 PM ET


Bravo—what a great addition! I started reading Risto’s hockey pieces, but now I read everything he posts. I even use the essay about joining clubs (and making them up if necessary) with my EFL students.
Oh dear, now I’m thinking about copyright violations….

Posted by Kate on 07/27/11 at 06:11 PM ET


Welcome aboard, Risto! Can’t wait to read your work here on Kukla’s Korner!!

Posted by Patrick Hoffman from Fairfield, CT on 07/27/11 at 07:00 PM ET


Wow, Metzer too? Kukla’s Korner just keeps on getting better and better!

Posted by Patrick Hoffman from Fairfield, CT on 07/27/11 at 07:01 PM ET


Fellow Finns, Kate, hockey fans, all you nice people, thank you for welcoming me to KK, it’s going to be fun to tell you stories from this side of the pond - no matter which side of the pond you’re on.

It almost makes me want to crank out something nice right away, but with the Scandinavian summer being what it is - a few weeks long - I’ll just get re-fill on my Pepsi Max (Euro style), and finish that book I’m reading.

The Euro teams are hitting the ice this week, though, so hockey season 2011-12 is officially under way.


Posted by Puckarinen on 07/27/11 at 07:49 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

This is great!  Welcome, Risto!

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 07/27/11 at 08:28 PM ET


Welcome—looking forward to reading your stuff!

Posted by Lex Talionis on 07/28/11 at 12:23 AM ET


Hei Risto!

Look forward to reading your stuff here…. any idea what the Euro blog name will be?  Seeing as how you already have “From the Desk of…” taken.

Can’t wait for your stuff on here to start.

“Jokerit!” clap-clap-clap

Posted by Monica McAlister from Michigan on 08/05/11 at 06:05 PM ET

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