North Dundas' Koekkoek signs one year deal with Oilers

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NORTH DUNDAS – One of North Dundas’ own is heading to Edmonton.

Twenty-six year old Slater Koekkoek signed a one-year contract with the Oilers on Boxing Day for a reported $850,000.

Koekkoek, who is from Hallville, was traded by the Lightning to the Chicago Blackhawks in January 2019.

“I’m excited, joining Connor [McDavid] and Leon [Draisaitl]. We have a great group here. We have a lot of good pressure on us to do well this season,” Koekkoek told Global News Edmonton after signing with the Oilers.

Koekkoek played 42 games in the shortened 2019-20 regular season for Chicago, netting one goal and nine assists.

He scored once and had two assists in the playoffs for the Blackhawks, all against the Oilers.

Chicago knocked Edmonton out of the play-in round during the August Return-to-Play.

Drafted 10th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the six foot, two inch defenceman played for the Peterborough Petes and Windsor Spitfires in the Ontario Hockey League.

Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Leader