WINCHESTER – A native of North Dundas, Slater Koekkoek will be back on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s blueline next season.
The Bolts announced last week that the team and Koekkoek had agreed on a one-year contract worth $865,000.
Koekkoek, 24, was a restricted free agent before the deal was signed, having spent parts of the previous four seasons with the Lightning. He had four goals and four assists in the 2017-2018 season, being active in 35 of Tampa’s first 63 games.
After splitting time with the Lightning and the team’s AHL farm team, the Syracuse Crunch, in the first three seasons, Koekkoek stuck with the big club last season.
His ice time diminished after the Lightning signed Ryan McDonagh at the trade deadline, with Koekkoek dressing for just three of the team’s final 19 games and he did not dress for any playoff games.
Koekkoek was a first-round, 10th overall draft pick of the Lightning in 2012.
Born in Winchester, he grew up on Inkerman Station Road, before his family moved to the Manotick area.
Koekkoek played his junior hockey in Saskatchewan with the Notre Dame Hounds, before being drafted by the OHL’s Peterborough Petes and then being dealt to the Windsor Spitfires.