The Soo Greyhounds Hockey Club is excited to announce that two members of the organization have signed three year NHL entry-level contacts.
Both BORIS KATCHOUK (Tampa Bay Lightning) and JACK KOPACKA (Anaheim Ducks) inked the deals earlier today.
KATCHOUK, a native of Kitchener ON, was originally selected by the Lightning in the 2nd Round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
The 6.03, 190-lb winger is recently coming off his 2nd full season with the Greyhounds where he had career numbers.
Along with leading the Hounds in the post-season with 13 points in 11 games played, Boris notched nearly a point-per-game in the regular season with 35 goals and 29 assists (64 points) in 66 games played.
His team-leading 7 shorthanded goals tied him for 3rd in the club’s franchise record books, tying him with alumnus Wayne Gretzky.
KOPACKA, a native of Metamora MI, was originally selected by the Ducks in the 4th Round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
The 6.03, 203-lb is coming off his 2nd season with the Greyhounds where for the second straight season he recorded 20+ goals.
In 2016-17 regular season Jack had 30 goals and 19 assists, good for 49 points.
He was the team’s 2nd-leading scorer in the 2017 playoffs with 5 goals and 6 assists (11 points)
BORIS KATCHOUK CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Recipient of the the Hounds Red Star Three Star Award (2016-17) … Voted Western Conference’s “Best Penalty Killer” in 2016-17 Coache’s Poll … Named Pioneer OHL Player of the Week for week ending November 27, 2016 after scoring 4 goals and 2 assists in 6 games played … Named to Team OHL for the 2016 CIBC Canada/Russia Series for both games (Nov. 10/16 @NB, Nov. 14/16 @HAM) … Attended Tampa Bay Lighting Training Camp 2016 … Selected 2nd Round (44th overall) by Tampa Bay Lightning in 2016 NHL Entry Draft … Named to 2015-16 OHL 2nd All-Rookie Team … Member of Team Canada at the 2016 World U18 (Grand Forks, ND) where he grabbed 1 goal and 1 assist in 5GP … Named to the OHL’s 2nd All-Rookie Team (LW, 2015-16) … Recipient of the Hounds 2015-16 “Rookie of the Year Award” … Participated in the 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game roster as part of Team Orr … Recorded first career OHL goal in opening game of 2015-16 season (September 25, 2015 vs Windsor) … Played 2014-15 season with Hounds affiliate, the Soo Thunderbirds, where he recorded 18 goals and 27 assists in 29 regular season games played before grabbing 3 goals and 3 assists in 4 games played at the Dudley Hewitt Cup Central Canadian Championship while advancing to the RBC Cup (National Championship) … Recorded his first OHL point (assist) on January 4, 2015 vs Oshawa … Made his OHL debut (AP) on December 14, 2014 vs Windsor … Member of Team Alliance at 2013-14 OHL Gold Cup U16 … Originally selected in the 2nd Round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection
JACK KOPACKA CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Recipient of the the Hounds Most Gentlemanly Player Award (2016-17) … Recorded his 1st-career four goal game (1st star) on Sunday, December 11, 2016 @ HAM … Attended Anaheim Ducks Training Camp 2016 … Selected 4th Round (93rd overall) by Anaheim Ducks in 2016 NHL Entry Draft … Recipient of the Hounds 2015-16 “Scholastic Player of the Year” award … Named to 2016 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game roster as part of Team Orr … Recorded his 1st career OHL goal in the team’s home opener on September 25, 2015 vs Windsor … Was one of 42 of the best U.S. players eligible for the 2016 draft to take part in All-American Prospects game on September 24, 2015 in Buffalo, NY … Appeared for Team USA at U17 Five Nations tournament in summer of 2015 … Finished 2014-15 season with 8 goals and 10 assists in 21 games played for Compuware U18 … Made his OHL debut (call-up) on November 15, 2014 at Plymouth … Participated in the Michigan Select Festival in May 2014 … Was 4th Rd Selection of the Sioux Falls Stampeders (USHL) before being selected by the Hounds