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Freshman (2006-07): Appeared in 42 of 43 games...Recorded his first collegiate point during the Lakers 7-6 overtime victory at Ohio State (10/14)...Scored his first career goal during LSSU's 2-0 victory over Northern Michigan (12/1)...Acquired seven of his eight points (1-6--7) in league play.
Prior to LSSU: Finished the 2005-06 season with three goals and 11 assists in 57 games for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the United States Junior Hockey League...Also scored two goals during the 2005-06 USHL Playoffs and was named the team's defenseman of the year...Was a teammate of fellow Laker rookie Nik Sellers while in Cedar Rapids and in 2004-05 when they played for the Soo Indians under coach Joe Shawhan...Kaunisto was also teammates with fellow Laker defenseman Marty Gurnoe in 2004-05 and throughout youth hockey...Helped lead the Soo Indians to a third-place finish in the 2004-05 Junior A nationals.
Personal: Son of John and Virginia Kaunisto...Planning to major in finance and economics...A 2005 graduate of Sault Area High School.
Favorite food: Hot wings
What I want to do after I graduate (other than play hockey): Become a financial advisor for a big firm
Most memorable athletic moment: Helping a little boy during last year's season
Favorite NHL team: Detroit Red Wings
Favorite NHL player: Nik Lidstrom
Best part of playing for LSSU: It's a small family environment
Person or people who have made the biggest impact on my hockey career: My parents and brothers
I love hockey because...: I feel free from everything on the ice
The game I am looking forward to most this season: Playing my cousin at NMU
Favorite season: Hockey season (winter)