Cody Kuynk, a former UAF men’s hockey standout, signed with the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning almost
two weeks ago. His reaction on getting signed was one of appreciation. “This is something I have worked for and dreamed of basically my entire life.”
Kunyk was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association player of the year this season for the Nanooks and was honored to get the award. “To have my name on that trophy along with the past winners is something special and something I will never forget,” Kunyk said.
When asked about his time at UAF, Kunyk was very thankful for his opportunity to play for the Nanooks. “I was given a very good opportunity to play every night with the team and treated well,” Kunyk said. “I have enjoyed my time at UAF and cannot believe my time there is over.”
Kunyk has not yet gotten the chance to play in a game with the Lightning yet, but his experience is serving
his dream of being in the NHL and playing hockey at the next level in the future.
When asked if his experience in college would have been the same if he attended any university other than UAF, Kunyk said, “UAF is so unique and I am glad I got to experience everything that it has to offer. My teammates and coaches have treated me very well since the first day I walked through the doors.”
The NHL playoffs start in the next couple weeks, and Extreme will attempt to get a follow-up interview with Kunyk on his experience in the post season.
Check out this video where Kunyk was asked about his signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning.