The 5’8, 174 lbs Rothesay, New Brunswick native did not appear in any games during the 2020-2021 season due to the province-wide shutdown but tallied five goals and 15 assists in 53 games during the 2019-2020 campaign.
Cooper was named the HEO U18 top defenceman for the month of February while playing for OHA Gold during the 2019-2020 season. He recorded four goals and eight assists over 13 games and has nothing but high praise for the Jr. Senators organization as he decides to stay in the Ottawa area for the 2021-2022 season.
“I have heard nothing but good things about the Ottawa Jr. Senators organization,” highlighted Cooper. “The team always ranks among the top in the league, the coaching staff is great, and they develop and send a lot of guys on to the next level. Ottawa is the best fit for me because I will be surrounded by people who want to be better and I will be able to develop to my full potential. Not to mention, the chance to help my team win a championship.”
Although he is far away from home, Cooper is looking to make a splash on the blueline, both on the team and in the league, as he tries to make it to the next level.
“My short-term goals are essentially to develop, get stronger, and work on the little details of my game,” added Cooper. As well, I want to make a run at the championship with this team. Long term, I want to play Division 1 hockey in the NCAA so I can continue my education and play hockey at an elite level.
The CCHL enters its 61st consecutive season, continuing to be the longest-running Junior A league in Canada with the Jr. Senators beginning the season on September 24 in Brockville.
Look for more information on the CCHL in the coming weeks as teams prepare to return to play in August with camps and pre-season schedules being released.
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