As announced last week on Mountain FM and the Smokies' website, graduating forward Erik Cooper is off to college next season, having secured a scholarship to the NCAA Division III St. Norbert Green Knights.
The De Pere, Wisconsin-based school features former Smokie Cullen Bradshaw, and the Green Knights are two-time defending NCAA DIII champs.
I chatted with Erik late last week about the decision and what he expects from his next four years, listen to that conversation here.
Cooper was one of the hardest-working players on Trail's roster last season, and for him secure his hockey-playing future in Wisconsin has to be a real treat and a tip of the cap to his work ethic. Congrats Erik and best of luck in your studies and your time on the ice with the Green Knights.