10 June 2009

Thrashers Sign 2005 Draft Choice Andrew Kozek

The Atlanta Thrashers have signed forward Andrew Kozek, the team’s second-round selection (53rd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kozek, 23, tallied 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 38 games last season for the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux (WCHA). He tied for seventh on the team and set a career-high in assists and ranked ninth overall in goals. Kozek posted a season-high in points (three) and assists (two) on Dec. 5 at Harvard.

Following the end of his collegiate season, Kozek joined the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. He appeared in five games with the Wolves, scoring two goals. The 5-11, 195-pound forward made his professional debut with Chicago on April 3 at Quad City and scored both of his goals on April 8 vs. Lake Erie.

In 167 career games with North Dakota, Kozek collected 65 points (38 goals, 27 assists) including a career-best and team-high tying 18 goals in 2007-08. Prior to his college career, the Revelstoke, B.C. native played junior hockey for the Surrey Eagles of the British Columbia Hockey League. He recorded 138 points (67 goals, 71 assists) in 118 games with Surrey and led the team in points (97), goals (48) and assists (49) in 2004-05.