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Drafted freshman Mikael Hakkarainen leaves Providence

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After just one game, Providence freshman Mikael Hakkarainen has left the program and will return to the USHL.

Hakkarainen, who was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks this past summer, played in Saturday’s season opener for the Friars against AIC.

Last season, Hakkarainen scored 46 points in 36 games with the Muskegon Lumberjacks. A native of Helsinki, Finland, he’s been playing in North America since 2015.

According to Providence head coach Nate Leaman, Hakkarainen essentially told the coaching staff that he didn’t find it enjoyable going to class.

“Mikael informed us that managing classes while playing hockey was not enjoyable for him,” Leaman told Mark Divver of The Providence Journal.

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