He's from Finland.
I was excited, because my great-great-grandfather and great-great-great-grandfathers were both Korpikoskis.
However, I didn't want to sign up for the LDS family history website, and I didn't want to risk money on an account at Ancestry.com/ca either,
But I look at these ancient families and see there are many children of these great grandfathers who have not been researched in my mom's family history file that could potentially lead down to this NHL player.
The issue is, however, that Lauri Korpikoski comes from Turku, Finland, and if we are related then his ancestors have to have migrated to that location within the past 200 years - no one in my mom's record is in the Turku region, though there are some who are close or almost close to Turku, sort of.
So, if we have a common ancestor, it might be Samuel Korpikoski, born in 1843, or his father Johan J Korpikoski, born in 1807.
The reason I recognized the name Korpikoski so easily is because there's a family legend passed down through the family that says we had a Korpikoski ancestor who stood with such great posture when he stood at attention in the army, well, apparently his posture was so good that he was presented before the Tsarina of Russia (which Finland was part of at the time). That's what some old relative was famous for.
So, No, I don't know for certain that I'm related to this Hockey Player nor do I know how we might be related exactly, and I'm not going to sign up for any websites to find out,
but I was just excited to hear the name Korpikoski mentioned in the Hockey Sportscast, because the Korpikoski ancestors were especially famous in my Mom's ancestral storytelling.
I remember on Avril Lavigne's fanclub website a genealogist announced that Justin Bieber and Avril Lavigne had a common ancestor (located in Canada), so, yeah, that's kinda like what I'm excited about --- except I don't know if or what the exact connection is.
It's so distant it doesn't mean much, but it was just so exciting to hear a family name on Hockey TV.