On May 31st, 2017, The Los Angeles Kings acquired the rights of Bokondji Imama, also known as “Boko” from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for the Kings 7th round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. The trade was made on the eve of the signing deadline and was conditioned on the Kings to sign Imama to an NHL contract before June 1st at 2 p.m.

On June 1st, 2017, a day after he was traded, Boko and the LA Kings agreed to a three year, entry-level contract.

Imama, a 20-year-old hailing from Montreal, Quebec, had an unbelievable season with the St. John Seadogs in 2016-17, scoring 41 goals and 55 points in 66 games. Imama led the team in goals and helped his team win the Presidents Cup championship in the QMJHL, as an assistant captain for the second consecutive season. Boko is a strong, physical, hard-hitting, goal scoring forward, standing at 6’1” 221lbs and is feared by many.

After playing five seasons in the QMJHL, through hard work and dedication, Boko finally received the NHL contract that he was waiting for and CEM couldn’t be happier!

Congratulations Boko, well-deserved and good luck!