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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING REASSIGN FORWARD COLE KOEPKE TO SYRACUSE CRUNCH

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned forward Cole Koepke to the Syracuse Crunch, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced. 

Koepke has skated in eight games with the Lightning this season and recorded two assists, the first two of his NHL career while averaging 6:48 time on the ice. Koepke’s 16 hits rank third among Lightning forwards since being recalled on November 18. Koepke has 25 games of NHL experience under his belt, all with the Lightning. He posted his first NHL goal and point on November 13, 2022, versus Washington. 

The Two Harbors, Minnesota native has appeared in 11 games with Syracuse this season, tallying three goals and six points. The left-shot winger is one of three Crunch skaters to record both a shorthanded goal and an assist this season. Koepke has played a total of 141 AHL games during the regular season, recording 32 goals and 67 points. Koepke also played in 10 career Calder Cup Playoff games with the Crunch, skating in five games in both 2022 and 2023, registering two goals and six points over those 10 games.

Koepke, 6-foot-1, 203 pounds, was selected by Tampa Bay in the sixth round, 183rd overall, of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He signed a one-year contract extension with the Lightning on June 14, 2023.

Single-game tickets and ticket packages for the 2023-24 season are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the Crunch office located inside the Upstate Medical University Arena at Onondaga County War Memorial at 800 S. State St. in Syracuse, by calling the office at 315-473-4444 or online through Ticketmaster. For the latest Crunch news, visit www.syracusecrunch.com or follow the club on Facebook (www.facebook.com/syracusecrunch), Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch) and Instagram (@syracusecrunch).

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