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East Ridge junior exchange student Frans Koskinen has found his place on the ice as he adjusts to a new setting. Koskinen has five goals this season and helped solidify the second line for the Raptors. (Bulletin photo by Nick Gerhardt)

East Ridge boys hockey: Finnish foreign exchange student finding his niche with the Raptors

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It’s not often a coach gets a gift prior to the start of the season without knowing it, but that’s what the East Ridge boys hockey team and head coach Doug Long got when foreign exchange student Frans Koskinen showed up at captain’s practice this fall.

Koskinen, a junior from Ospoo, Finland, has played hockey since the age of 4, and plays on a club team in Finland. He has adapted his playing style, melded with teammates while experiencing a different culture.

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