Niagara IceDogs’ General Manager Joey Burke announced today that the club has completed a trade with the Erie Otters, including Swiss-born forward Kyen Sopa. Niagara also trades a 13th round selection in 2022.
In exchange, the IceDogs have received the following picks in the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection:
- 2nd, 2022 (ER)
- 3rd, 2023 (SSM)
- 8th, 2022 (ER)
“This was a difficult move to make. Kyen has been the most impactful import pick we have ever had, both on and off the ice.” Said Burke. “The reality is we are in a position where we need draft picks to solidify our future, and this deal helps to accomplish that.”
“While it is never easy to see a guy like Kyen go, I know he will contribute to a very strong Erie team. He will help them make a deep run, while allowing us to continue our rebuild process moving forward.”
Sopa, a former 1st round pick in the 2018 CHL Import Draft, first made his debut as an IceDog in the 2018-19 season. In 85 games in Niagara, Sopa solidified himself as a fan favourite, scoring exciting goals and even more enthusiastic goal celebrations. In 25 fewer games, Sopa has already matched his point total (31) from the 2018-19 season, with 19 goals and 12 assists.
Sopa scored the first goal in both home openers he played in Niagara; September 28th, 2018 against the Kingston Frontenacs and September 19th, 2019 against the Sudbury Wolves.
He recently represented Switzerland at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.
The entire Niagara IceDogs organization can’t thank Kyen enough for everything he’s done for our team and community. We wish him nothing but the best in Erie.