When Epp was 13, he was introduced to the NHL by a coach who said he would give him a hard-hitting shot to learn how to play the game.
That’s how he got into the league, though Epp says it wasn’t a great experience.
“He was a young kid, I remember him being like, ‘I’m just going to try it out.’
I was like, I can’t wait to play.”
After two years of playing minor league hockey, Epp went on to be a standout on the Canadian Olympic hockey team.
In 2010, Epps made the trip to the Olympics, playing a crucial role in Canada’s victory over Canada in the gold medal game.
The goal was to help Canada qualify for the next Olympics in 2020.
Epps would go on to play in the next two Olympics as well.
He also represented Canada at the world championships in 2009, 2010, and 2013.
As an Olympian, EPP scored a goal in the final of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
The next season, he had another assist in the bronze medal game against Belarus.
“I was really excited when I got there and saw that I was going to be playing,” Epp said.
“The game really came into my own in the Olympics and that was a big moment for me.
I was so proud of myself.”
After Epp left the Olympic team, he continued his hockey career with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
Epps played on the Generals roster during the 2015-16 season.
He scored one goal in nine games for the General organization, helping them advance to the playoffs.
“It was a really good experience,” Epps said.
Epps has played a role in several players who are making their NHL debuts.
In 2017, Eipp scored the game-winning goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.
The NHL’s all-time leading scorer in the regular season, Eripps career is still going strong.
He has scored more than 20 goals in four of the past five seasons, and he has been one of the most consistent offensive players in the league for his age group.
The only thing he has had to work on this year is his defensive game.
“I was the only one in the playoffs who wasn’t scoring and getting beat,” Eipp said.
“Last year, I was really happy with the game I was playing, but I wasn’t able to take advantage of my opportunities.
That was really disappointing.
I had to put a lot more work in to be able to go out and score goals.”
Epp said he still wants to be an elite player, and believes he can improve upon his offensive game.
“Hopefully this year I can take that next step, and I’m excited to get out there and help my team,” Eripp said.