“We make fun of him, he does some dumb things sometimes, but he can laugh at himself,” Brendan Gallagher said. “He brings a lot of energy both on the ice and off the ice. We’ve had a lot of fun with him.” 

What kind of dumb things?

“Everything,” he said. “You just talk to him every day. You can ask me on a daily basis and I’ll tell you the dumb thing he did that day. He’s funny. Obviously there’s a language barrier there too, he’s learning a new language and he’s 18, but there’s things we’re able to laugh about.”

When told of this, Kotkaniemi suggested he is the one getting the last laugh.

“Yeah, I do those things on purpose,” he said with a grin.

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