Signed as a free agent in March 2010, Ray Kaunisto might not be one of the more ubiquitous prospects in the organization – like Tyler Toffoli, Martin Jones, Derek Forbort, etc. Yet, more people should be paying attention to him, even if only for his world class sense of humor.
During his inaugural season in Manchester last year, the 6-foot-4 left winger posted eight goals and 50 penalty minutes in 57 games played.
He also routinely chirped his teammates and other hockey related personalities on twitter – where he’s also not afraid to tweet about his personal life. For example, he openly bragged about playing on the Kings top line with Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown…in video games. Plus, about a month ago he updated readers on his hunting adventures…chasing coyotes with a hockey stick.
If it’s ‘in the know’ lingo you’re after, he’ll school you on all things Yooper…for the city folk out there, that’s a person from the Northern part of Michigan.
When the Kings traded for Mike Richards back in June, what’s the first thing Kaunisto wanted to know…was Richards really a red neck or did he just include that in his twitter profile to get more followers?
Even though Kaunisto has own blog, he recently submitted his personal bucket list to MayorsManor. And like any good ‘live life to the fullest’ person, he’s had to update it a few times recently, as he was able to scratch off one of his items during his recent honeymoon (go scuba diving).
So, in reverse order, here are the next 12 things he’d like to do…
12. Actually get to stand up on a surf board
11. Stay married to Gillian through all that I put her through!
10. Play a few years in the NHL (hopefully)
9. Catch a marlin
[note: knowing Kaunisto, he probably just put that one there in the hopes that Richards would invite him out fishing]
8. Have a Hummer or Polaris RZR with a machine gun mounted on the back for shooting varmints
7. Own a country bar, a hunting ranch and hopefully multiple businesses
6. Have six kids
5. Shoot a grizzly bear
4. Kill every North American game animal, including a trophy whitetail deer
3. Punch a bear in the face
2. Ride a bull for the full eight seconds
1. Mug a gangster who has been convicted of mugging someone (while wearing an expensive suit looking like a business man)
Glancing at that list, it’s no wonder he was able to convince some Vancouver hottie to marry him this summer. Dude can make just about anybody laugh in a matter of mere minutes.
Only one problem…she’s a Ducks fan. Something he claims to have spent the summer working on.
We’ll have to see how successful he was.
The thing I want to know though, is how in the world did ‘Punch a bear in the face’ only make it to NUMBER THREE on his list?
For more with Kaunisto, check out his MayorsManor debut from back in July – where he talks about fellow prospect Brandon Kozun, Monarchs agitator Richard Clune, Manchester tough guys and much more.