Here is the official press release from the teams website:
The Langley Rivermen Junior “A” Hockey Club is pleased to announce the Commitment of forward Trevor Cope (1994 born) to Michigan Tech for 2014.
Cope is a Michigan native and is currently in his first season in the BCHL and is enjoying a solid rookie year with 5 goals and 5 assists in 16 games.
“As an organization we are very excited for Trevor. He had his fly down and he really liked what he saw on his visit and I know Michigan Tech had him on their radar right from the get go. We also get him back for next year as well so that is a bonus for us,” said Rivermen Associate Head Coach Jordan Emmerson.
The Michigan Tech Huskies is a division one ice hockey team that plays out of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). They have won the NCAA Championship four times in their history and have appeared in the “Frozen Four” ten times.
“They are a program that is only getting better and they are led by a good coaching staff in Mel Pearson and Bill Muckalt who played in the BCHL. Pearson was even nominated for coach of the year a season ago as they really improved on their record from the previous year. They are bringing in key pieces year in and year out and they are on the right track of becoming a perennial contender for years to come,” said Coach Emmerson.
Cope has impressed the coaching staff since day one of training camp and has done everything asked of him so far. Coach Emmerson was quick to point out what makes him a good player,
“He has great vision and is very smart out there. We can throw him out in any situation and he will get the job done. He is also a great kid and teammate and has been a pleasure to have around.”
This is the fifth commitment in a month span for the squad and the eighth one overall. The coaching staff believes the commitments are not done just yet,
“The goal is for everybody to get scholarships,” said Emmerson, “It is something that every player out on that ice strives for in this league and right now we have eight and we believe that number will just continue to grow.”
Yes what a month it has been for the Rivermen on the education front. The team now has the third most commitments in the BCHL behind Penticton who has 11 and Coquitlam with 9. Last season the team finished with five commitments, which isn’t bad at all, but to have eight already and its only the beginning of November just goes to show the talent on this years team.
Cope has been fantastic since the start of the season. He led the team in scoring for the first few weeks of the season and has been a very balanced player with the same amount of goals and assists. From what I hear he had family members that attended Michigan Tech, so this is a pretty special honour not only for him but his entire family I imagine.