Nov 15, 2011

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Former Corpus Christi IceRays goaltender Pheonix Copley has committed to Division 1 Michigan Tech next year.

“This means a lot,” said Copley.  “There is a lot of work upcoming and I still have an entire season, so I don’t want to look too far ahead.  I want to take it one game at a time.”

Copley, who played last year the IceRays went 14-23-4 with a goals against average of 4.17 and a save percentage of .880.

“On behalf of the entire organization we would like to congratulate Pheonix on his decision to commit to Michigan Tech,” said IceRays head coach Justin Quenneville.  “Pheonix is very deserving of this opportunity and will not only play for a storied hockey program and dedicated coaching staff, but will have the opportunity to earn a degree from one of the most pristine universities in the country.  His hard work and driven abilities have earned him another exciting chapter in his career.  Obviously this is another big step for our organization; however we are more excited to continue to see players extend their careers through hockey and education.”

This year, Copley landed a spot on the Tri-City Storm in the USHL.  So far through eleven games played, he has a 3-8-0 record, a 3.49 save percentage, and .893 goals against average. 

“Corpus treated me and everyone on the team great” Copley said.  “They are a great program and gave me an opportunity to develop a lot of my game, being down there was a big stepping stone “

Michigan Tech is a member of the CCHA and goes up against powerhouse programs such as Michigan, Ohio State, and Notre Dame.

The IceRays are home this Sunday as they host the Amarillo Bulls.  Puck drops at 3:05PM, coverage begins at 2:50PM with the IceRays Pregame Show on ESPN Radio 1440AM. 

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