Erie, Pennsylvania – Erie Otters General Manager Dave Brown announced today that the team has acquired Swiss import forward Kyen Sopa and a 13th round pick from the Niagara IceDogs in exchange for three future draft picks.
Sopa, a 5’9”, 182-pound winger, is in the midst of his second season in the Ontario Hockey League after being selected by the IceDogs 36th overall in the first round of the 2018 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. The Flawil, Switzerland native has appeared in 85 career games with Niagara, scoring 33 goals and collecting 62 points (33G-29A), and has already matched his OHL career season high of 31 points (14G-17A) in 30 games played in the current campaign. Sopa was selected to Switzerland’s 2020 World Junior Hockey Championship team, where the 19-year-old recorded an assist in five games played to help his native country to a fifth-place tournament finish.
“Today we added a player that possesses a furtive ability to finish, plays with a gritty edge that agitates opponents, and who competes while doing the little things we need for the battle ahead,” Otters General Manager Dave Brown spoke of the newly acquired forward. “Kyen no doubt will add depth to our lineup and help us in our push for the Western Conference playoffs.”
In the exchange, Niagara will receive three picks in future OHL Priority Selections: Erie’s 2nd round pick in 2022, Sault Ste. Marie’s 3rd round pick in 2023 and Erie’s 8th round pick in 2022.
The Erie Otters return home Saturday, January 11th at 7pm, when they host the Niagara Icedogs for Cancer Awareness Night presented by UPMC at the Erie Insurance Arena featuring specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the Hamot Health Foundation’s Hillman Cancer Fund.
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