The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Slater Koekkoek (KOO-KOO) on a one-year contract extension that runs through the 2019-20 season ($925,000).
Acquired by Chicago from Tampa Bay on Jan. 11, 2019, Koekkoek recorded five points (1G, 4A) in 22 games for the Blackhawks this past season. The North Dundas, Ontario native also spent time with the Lightning and Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League during the 2018-19 campaign. In nine games for Tampa Bay, he notched one goal. With the Crunch, Koekkoek tallied an assist in five games.
Selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2012 National Hockey League Draft, Koekkoek played five seasons (2014-18) with the Lightning, compiling five goals and nine helpers in 85 regular-season games. He picked up an assist in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff contests during the 2016 postseason. During the 2017-18 season, he tallied NHL career highs with four goals and eight points.
Koekkoek registered 12 goals and 43 assists in 185 career regular-season games with Syracuse. He added eight points (1G, 7A) in 25 Calder Cup Playoff games. Koekkoek, 25, played his junior hockey with the Peterborough Petes (2010-13) and Windsor Spitfires (2013-14) of the Ontario Hockey League. He notched 123 points (33G, 90A) in 195 OHL games. He was named to the OHL First All-Star Team after the 2013-14 season with Windsor where he had 53 points (15G, 38A) in 62 games.