St. Cloud, MN – You can never have enough players that can put the puck in the net. This has been out there for awhile, actually a month that Kyler Kupka of the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League has announced his commitment to SCSU hockey. On December 31, Kupka posted on twitter “Proud to announce my commitment to SCSU. Special thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way.”
Kupka, a native of Camrose, Alberta is a 6’0″ 170 pound 19 year-old left-handed forward currently skating for the Camrose Kodiaks of the AJHL. He has floated between all forward positions for the Kodiaks. A prolific scorer, he has put up huge points at every level he has played including 73 points over two years at the Bantam AAA level, 81 points at the Midget AAA level and 149 points in 143 games for Camrose in the AJHL. During the 2017-18 season, Kupka scored 29 goals and had 30 assists for 59 points in 59 games. Currently, this season, Kupka has netted 27 goals and added 35 assists for 62 points in 50 games. These numbers place him 6th in league points and tied for 9th in goals along with Zach Okabe, another SCSU recruit who recently signed his NLI with the Huskies. Included in Kupka’s 27 goals are 6 power play goals, 2 short-handed goals and 3 game-winning goals.
Neutral Zone, a prominent scouting site described Kupka as “one of the smartest players every time he stepped out on the ice, he plays in both ends of the rink for the Kodiaks and will put out his all on every shift. Kupka has above average hands and vision which allows him to make plays most guys won’t try. He can stretch the ice out with passes coming through the neutral zone being able to make tough plays off his stick. Kupka has poise with the puck and will make plays in traffic down low. Along the boards he does well protecting the puck and can distribute the puck with pressure around him.” Kupka is a good skater with an obvious eye for the net but also has that great ability to make quick decisions with the puck and pin-point cross ice passes. He has a quick release on his shot particularly around the goalmouth.
Kupka is expected to join the Huskies for the 2019-20 season. He previously committed to the University of Alaska Fairbanks in September of 2017 before deciding on other options for his collegiate career.