Curtis Cooper is looking to make his mark with the Prince George Cougars.
The sophomore on the Cougars blue line is hoping for a big finish to the season. Being on the first or second defensive pairing last season as a rookie, Cooper was able to play in many key situations and gain a lot of valuable experience.
“That helped a lot with my experience and my confidence. It helped me get right into the league. I was playing on either the first or second line as a 16 year-old and that was really good,” said Cooper who is eligible for the upcoming NHL draft this year.
Coming in at 6′ 192 pounds this season Cooper is looking to improve on his stats from last season which included breaking Eric Brewer’s record for points as a rookie 16 year-old defencemen last season.
The Kamloops native is still looking for that first goal of the season but has been playing an effective role on the blue line this year pairing up with veteran defencemen Tyrell Moulton, Brett Dickie and playing in key situations.
As the season continues Cooper would like be ranked in the NHL draft but right now he’s more interesting in what the team is going.
“I’m not on the central scouting list or anything but I try not to let it affect me. I try not to think about it but it’s obviously in the back of my mind,” said Cooper who was drafted in the second round in 2001, 27th overall. “I would like to get drafted but right now I just want to make the playoffs right now.”