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Copley called up to Washington Capitals to begin Stanley Cup Playoffs

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ARLINGTON, Va. – Former Michigan Tech goaltender Pheonix Copley was called up to the NHL's Washington Capitals on Thursday (April 12) senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced. The Capitals host the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup Playoff series.

Copley, 26, has posted a 15-17-6 record with two shutouts, a 2.91 goals-against average and a .896 save percentage in 41 games with the AHL's Hershey Bears this season.

Copley will likely serve as the third goaltender behind Philipp Grubauer and Braden Holtby. Teams are able to bring in a third goaltender for the playoffs and the Hershey Bears didn't qualify for the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs. It's Copley's third call-up this season, but he has yet to appear in a game for the Capitals.

Copley posted a 26-11-3 record with one shutout, a 2.25 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in 41 AHL games with the Chicago Wolves and Hershey Bears in 2016-17. The North Pole, Alaska, native ranked seventh in the AHL in goals-against average, tied for seventh in wins and tied for eighth in save percentage. In 142 career AHL games with Hershey and Chicago, Copley posted a 72-47-15 record with nine shutouts, a 2.53 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.

The 6-foot-4, 196-pound goaltender has appeared in two career NHL games with the St. Louis Blues. Copley made his NHL debut on February 27, 2016, at Nashville and made 24 saves in his first career NHL start on January 21, 2017 at Winnipeg.

Copley played two seasons for Michigan Tech from 2012-14, winning 18 games with four shutouts. He had a 10-13-6 record with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in 2013-14. He was twice named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.

During the 2012-13 season, Copley appeared in 24 games for the Huskies and posted an 8-15-1 record. He had three shutouts, a .900 save percentage and a 3.22 goals-against average. Copley was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week twice, the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week once, and the MVP of the Great Lakes Invitational after a pair of shutouts to lift the Huskies to their first GLI title in 32 years.

The Capitals acquired Copley from the St. Louis Blues on February 27, 2017. Washington re-signed Copley to a two-year contract on June 28, 2017.

Courtesy: MTU Athletics


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