Andrew Koep, 15, of Lloydminster, Alberta has agreed to terms on a Western Hockey League Education contract with the Edmonton Oil Kings. Koep starred for the Lloydminster Heat in the Alberta Major Bantam League in the 2011-12 season scoring 41 goals and adding 20 assists in 31 games, along with 52 penalty minutes. The 5’9, 155 pound forward plays a big game with a tenacious forecheck, hunger for the puck, and creativity second to none. Koep finds ways to score, whether it is going to the net hard and into the tough areas, or creating a nifty scoring opportunity for himself or his teammates with his considerable hockey smarts.
The Edmonton Oil Kings traded up in the 2012 Bantam Draft to get Koep, obtaining Moose Jaw’s second round pick in a trade and then selecting Koep 40th overall in the second round, the first skater selected by the Oil Kings as they had drafted a goalie in the first round. “Andrew Koep is a talented forward who isn’t one dimensional” said Randy Hansch the Assistant General Manager of the Edmonton Oil Kings after they had selected Koep, “[h]e scores in all areas of the ice, is willing pay the price to get to those areas and is an honest player with very good skill.”
Turning Point Alberta Scout Jay Walker began following Koep early in the 2011-12 season and the TP team was elated when the Koep family selected Turning Point to act as Andrew’s Family Advisor.
“Andrew is a skilled, multi-talented hockey player, who can score almost at will. He is one of those players that the puck follows, and is going to be an exciting player in the WHL and beyond,” said Turning Point Executive Director Carlos Sosa.
“I love the way Andrew plays,” said Turning Point Hockey Director Darcy Tucker, “he plays big even though he is not a huge guy, he is fearless, he isn’t afraid to get greasy when needed out there, and to top it off he can shoot the puck, think the game, and has outstanding skill. He is flat out fun to watch play.”
Andrew Koep has performed well for the Hockey Alberta and Hockey Canada programs this past spring and summer, and looks forward to participating in those programs as part of his development this season. Koep will advance to Midget AAA play in Lloydminster this year, after attending his first WHL training camp in Edmonton in the next few days. Congratulations to Andrew on signing his WHL contract, and to his parents John and Kathy Koep of Lloydminster, Alberta.