Squamish Minor Hockey Association (SMHA) product Corey Koop is milking America’s Dairyland for all it’s worth.
Koop was named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) and UW-Stout Northwestern Mutual Athlete of the Week earlier this month and seems to be fitting in well in his new surroundings.
After winning a Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) title with the Steinbach Pistons earlier this year, the goaltender signed on with the UW-Stout Blue Devils hockey program to continue his hockey career and further his education.
Koop made 59 saves in a game on Dec. 7, the most for the Blue Devils in more than a decade. He also stopped 37 shots in a 5-4 loss on Dec. 5.
This season, Koop has started all 10 games with record of three wins and seven losses. He’s also posted a 2.89 goals-against average with a .920 save percentage.
Koop and the Blue Devils return to action on Jan. 3 and the team plays home games Menomonie, Wis., about 75 miles east of Minneapolis.
Just down the Sea to Sky Highway, Squamish native Dalton Thrower has helped the Vancouver Giants climb above .500 and into the playoff picture in the WHL.
Thrower has 28 points in 31 games and is a team best +7. He’s also been a beast on the power play, notching seven goals with the man advantage this season. The Giants next hit the ice in Vancouver on Dec. 28 when the Kelowna Rockets come to town.
Dalton’s brother, Josh Thrower, has also become a regular player on one of the top teams in the WHL, the Calgary Hitmen. Thrower has five points in 30 games and the Hitmen are battling the Edmonton Oil Kings for one of the top spots in the league.
Over in the BCHL, SMHA product Jarid Lukosevicius of the Powell River Kings has been one of the most productive rookies in the league with 34 points in 32 games. The Kings are ranked as one of the top teams and Lukosevicius has also committed to NCAA Division 1 school Denver University for the 2015-’16 season.
Also in the BCHL, Squamish native Malik Kaila has been manning the blue line for the Merritt Centennials. Kaila has five points and 47 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Cents this season.
Meanwhile, in the Alberta Junior Hockey League, Squamish’s Brodyn Nielsen, has been named an assistant captain with the Whitecourt Wolverines. The Wolverines are fourth in the league’s North Division and Nielsen has recorded five points and 85 penalty minutes in 27 games with the club.
Stay tuned to The Chief for more updates on Squamish junior hockey talent.