Clippers sign 20-year-old goalie, Cooper Black

The Nanaimo Clippers have acquired 2001 born goalie, Cooper Black, from the Odessa Jackalopes of the NAHL. Cooper, a USA born goalie, was born in Michigan, and stands 6 foot 8 inches. He has played two years in the NAHL with a very respectable save percentage (.912) and goals against average (2.72). He also played for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL in 2020-2021 after being drafted 81st overall in the 2020 USHL Entry Draft. Copper is heading to Dartmouth (Ivy League) in NCAA Div. 1 next season.     

Head Coach and GM, Darren Naylor, offered; “We were recruiting a few high-end goalies but wanted Copper so we waited it out and that paid off as we now have an elite level BCHL starting goalie.

He is a big bodied goalie with a high level of compete. His game management and overall understanding of the game is very noticeable. We are glad to have him come to the Clippers.”

Wes Mussio, President and Owner, added; “Finding a replacement goalie for Jordan Naylor has been a struggle because we are losing one of the best goalies to ever play in the BCHL so the stakes are high to get a comparable elite level goalie. We have been searching across the USA for a starter, where I’m currently living and scouting, and we came across Cooper Black thanks to an ex-BCHL coach that moved to the NAHL. Cooper is highly regarded and has impressed at all levels. I am very happy to be able to sign this US-born player as a replacement to Jordan. He should be a top 3 goalie in the BCHL this coming year.”

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