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Tampa Bay Lightning Reassign Slater Koekkoek, Kristers Gudlevskis

January 10, 2017 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Syracuse Crunch News Release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Slater Koekkoek and goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis to the Syracuse Crunch, Lightning vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Koekkoek, 22, has appeared in 29 games with the Lightning this season, posting four assists and eight penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 193-pound defenseman recorded a pair of assists in his season debut on November 1 at the New York Islanders. In 41 career NHL games, all with the Lightning over the past two seasons, Koekkoek has registered five assists. The Mountain, Ontario native has also skated in seven games with the Crunch this season, notching a pair of helpers.

Koekkoek was originally selected by the Lightning in the first round, 10th overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft.

Gudlevskis, 24, has appeared in 16 games with the Crunch this season, recording a 5-4-4 record along with a 2.82 goals-against average. He has played in 137 career AHL Games with a 64-41-16 record, a 2.78 goals-against average, a .901 save percentage and eight shutouts. Gudlevskis has participated in three career Calder Cup Playoff games. He was also selected as a 2016 AHL All-Star.

The 6-foot-3, 223-pound goaltender was selected by Tampa Bay in the fifth round, 124th overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft.

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