Boko Imama

After being drafted 65th overall by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, in the 4th round of the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft, Bokondji “Boko” Imama has built the distinct reputation of being the toughest player in the QMJHL.

In the 2013-2014 season, he tallied seven goals and eight assists, for a total of 15 points, and racked up an astounding 101 Penalty Minutes. Boko is a power forward, and his style of play consists of a combination of skill, toughness, and grit. He protects his team’s star players and sticks up for his teammates, so it’s no wonder the Drakkar love having Boko on their side.

In the summer of 2014, Boko was invited to the Montreal Canadiens development camp as an undrafted free agent. He made such an impression on the Montreal Canadiens staff that they invited him to attend their rookie camp for the 2014-2015 NHL season.

CEM was extremely proud to announce that Boko was selected 180th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft!

On January 4th, 2015, Imama was traded from Baie-Comeau on the eve of the trade deadline, to Saint John in exchange for a 1st (2016) and 2nd round pick (2015), exemplifying his value across the league. Since being traded to the Sea Dogs, Boko has excelled becoming one of the most dangerous forward in the QMJHL. In the 2016-17 season, Boko scored 41 goals, and 55 points, finishing 7th for the most goals in the Q, an incredible milestone.

Boko continued to play for his QMJHL team, St. John, where he was an assistant captain and led his team to a Presidents Cup championship with fellow CEM prospects, Samuel Dove-McFalls and Callum Booth.

On May 31st, 2017, the Los Angeles Kings acquired the rights of Boko from the Lightning, and then signed him to his first NHL contract the next day.

Boko is the type of player that teams hate to play against, but love to have on their side as he is a big physical presence on and off the ice, making him scary to play against as many players fear him.

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