Erkamps signs NHL deal

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Macoy Erkamps

Brandon, MB. – For the second time in four years the National Hockey League’s Ottawa Senators have come to terms on an Entry Level Contract with a Brandon Wheat King captain.

The Senators have announced that they’ve come to terms with 21-year old Delta, B.C. product Macoy Erkamps.

A 6’ 198 lb defenceman, Erkamps is in his fifth and final Western Hockey League season. The Wheat Kings are currently battling the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

A former second round bantam draft choice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Erkamps was acquired by the Wheat Kings in a September 2014 multi-player deal.

One of only three Wheat Kings to play in all 72 regular season games in 2015-16, Erkamps finished second in league scoring among defenceman with thirteen goals and 71 points and tied for fourth with a +47 plus/minus rating.

Since joining Brandon last season, he has sixteen goals, 102 points and 124 minutes in penalties in 140 games. In 21 playoff games, including three this season, he has two goals, six points and 23 penalty minutes.

During his 5-year WHL career meanwhile Erkamps scored thirty goals and 188 points in 341 games.

“This is a great accomplishment for McCoy,” says Brandon coach and general manager Kelly McCrimmon. “He is a tremendous person and has had a great season. This is very well deserved.”

Named the Wheat Kings’ Most Inspirational, Top Graduating and Most Community Minded Player this past season, he attended the St. Louis Blues’ Rookie Camp last September on a free agent tryout.

In Ottawa, he will join former Brandon captain Mark Stone. A sixth round pick (178th overall) of the Sens in 2010, the Winnipeg product signed with Ottawa in 2012.

Game five of the Wheat Kings – Oil Kings best of seven opening round playoff series will be played Sunday in Edmonton, with game six scheduled for Tuesday night at Westman Communications Group Place in Brandon.

The Wheat Kings opening round playoff series is tied at two following Brandon’s 5-0 victory in Edmonton Thursday night.

Erkamps joins a long list of Wheat Kings that have signed professional contracts this season. The others are Jayce Hawryluk (Florida), John Quenneville (New Jersey), Ivan Provorov (Philadelphia) and Tim McGauley (Washington).

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