The Edmonton Oil Kings have traded forward David Kope to the Kelowna Rockets, the Club announced on Monday.
In exchange, the Oil Kings will receive a 4th round pick (KEL) in the 2023 WHL Bantam Draft.
Kope, 19, from Edmonton, AB spent all three of his WHL seasons as a member of the Oil Kings after being drafted in the 8th round, 164th overall in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. The 6-foot-4, 173-pound right winger dressed in a total of 199 regular season and playoff games with the team from 2017-20, collecting 42 goals and 53 assists for 95 points.
As a rookie, he was named the recipient of the Oil Kings Most Improved Player Award following the 2017-18 season.
“Following our acquisition of another 20-year-old earlier today, this move allows David to have a great opportunity to play out his final WHL season with the Kelowna Rockets,” said Edmonton Oil Kings President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, Kirt Hill.
“David is a determined young man with relentless work ethic, proven by the fact he earned a regular spot in a WHL lineup despite being a late round pick in his Draft year.
“We are extremely thankful to David for all his hard work as a member of the Oil Kings, and wish him the best in his future hockey endeavours.”