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Joonas Kemppainen heads to Siberia

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Joonas Kemppainen has signed a 1-year deal with the KHL hockey club Sibir Novosibirsk.

Kemppainen's last day in Boston
Kemppainen's last day in Boston
Heather Rose - Smoke & Honey Photography

Less than a year after arriving in the United States, Joonas Kemppainen is leaving again. On May 14th, 2016, the former Boston Bruins forward signed a 1-year contract with Sibir Novosibirsk (Siberia HC, in English. Or if you want the literal tranlsation, the Novosibirsk Siberia).

Kemppainen was signed to a one-year two-way deal with the Boston Bruins on May 21st, 2015, but scored only 2 goals and 3 assists in the 44 games played. On February 29th, he was sent down to Providence, where he played 11 games with the Providence Bruins, and scored 1 goal. He never returned back to Boston.

In 2015, before signing the Bruins deal, Kemppainen had success playing for team Finland in the IIHF. Perhaps he'll have the same luck in Russia.