Hermantown, UMD alum Cole Koepke to make NHL debut Tuesday night

Northland hockey fans watched him win a Class A Minnesota State High School Hockey title with Hermantown in 2016, then a NCAA national championship with University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men’s hockey in 2019.

Now on Tuesday night (Oct. 11) fans can watch Cole Koepke skate into his NHL debut.

At 24 years old Koepke will step onto the ice in a Tampa Bay Lightning jersey for the first time as they visit the New York Rangers to open the 2022-2023 season. Puck drop is set for 6:30 p.m.

Spending all of least season with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch the forward tallied 22 goals and 20 assists in 74 games.

Koepke is one of 12 UMD alums starting this season in the NHL.