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Ben Copeland Commits

10/18/2016, 3:45pm CDT
By Tim Harwood, Waterloo Black Hawks

Waterloo forward Ben Copeland announced his commitment to Colorado College.

Photo by Hickling Images


Waterloo Black Hawks forward Ben Copeland announced his commitment to play college hockey at Colorado College following his junior hockey career.


Spending his first full season in Waterloo, the 17-year-old from Edina, MN has appeared in six games for the Black Hawks.  In early action, Copeland has one assist and a +1 rating. Copeland played seven games as an affiliate with Waterloo last season. 

Copeland is a well-regarded prospect for the 2017 NHL Draft.  Last month, NHL Central Scouting graded him as a “C” skater, indicating that he might be a candidate for selection in the fourth through sixth rounds of picks next summer, based on early viewings.


Copeland is one of 13 Hawks committed to an NCAA Division I school. The forward was selected in the 2015 USHL Phase I Draft by Waterloo in the 2nd round, 32nd overall.


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17.  30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts,  and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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