The Washington Capitals have signed goaltender Pheonix Copley to a two-year NHL entry-level contract that begins with the 2014-15 season.
Copley spent the 2011-12 season in the USHL, first playing with the Tri-City Storm. He began his USHL career by posting a shutout in his debut with a 28-save effort in the 1-0 win against the Sioux City Musketeers on September 30th, 2011. His second victory in the League came two weeks later and was also by shutout with 18 saves in the 2-0 win against the Chicago Steel on October 15th. The North Pole, Alaska native was acquired by the Des Moines Buccaneers in February of 2012 and won six of his first eight starts with the team. Overall, he compiled a 16-24-1 record with a 3.12 GAA and .907 SV% along with two shutouts. His save percentage ranked tied for eighth among all USHL goaltenders.
The 22-year-old has spent the last two seasons playing collegiate hockey at Michigan Tech University where he accumulated an 18-28-7 record with a 2.82 GAA and .906 SV% in 54 career appearances. He also posted four shutouts at the NCAA level. This season, he had a 10-13-6 record with a 2.51 GAA and .911 SV%.
Copley will join the American Hockey League affiliate of the Capitals, the Hershey Bears, for the remainder of the season.
USHL stats – Pheonix Copley
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