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A two-way center, Kuparinen plays an up-tempo game and skates hard. He plays with a lot of energy and likes to agitate opponents. Excels in a shutdown role. Can score a few goals and contribute offensively as well.
He isn't a natural offensive player though, and is a bit lacking in hockey sense and vision. Isn't a great stickhandler. Can also take a few unnesessary penalties. (EP 2010)
Father: Risto Kuparinen