By @MichaelCaples –
Fresh off leading his Michigan Wolverines to a Frozen Four appearance, Cooper Marody has decided it’s time to take the next step in his hockey career.
The All-American and Brighton native has signed an entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers, the NHL club that acquired his rights via trade with Philadelphia on March 21.
“I am absolutely thrilled and feel truly blessed to begin the next chapter of my hockey career by signing my first NHL contract with the Edmonton Oilers,” Marody posted on Instagram. “To all the coaches, teammates, teachers, mentors, friends, and family that believed in me, supported me, and helped me on my path to reach this point, I am so grateful and will continue do my best to prove you right and make you proud.
“Special thank you to all three seasons of my Michigan teammates, Coach Berenson, Coach Pearson, all the Michigan assistant coaches, support staff, The Children of Yost, The Michigan Hockey Band, and fans. You helped me make my lifelong dream of being a Michigan Man even better in reality. Can’t wait to get started.”
The #Oilers have signed Cooper Marody to a three-year ELC. The 21-year-old forward, whose rights were acquired from Philadelphia on March 21, led @umichhockey with 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists) in 40 games this season. pic.twitter.com/vUn9NNjqva
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 8, 2018
Marody, who just wrapped up his junior season in Ann Arbor, was originally a sixth-round pick of the Flyers in the 2015 NHL Draft.
The 21-year-old finishes his Michigan career with a perfect point-per-game average after recording 90 in 90 games with the Wolverines. The majority of those points came this season, as Marody racked up 51 in 40 games.
He was named a second-team All-American Friday, hours after the Wolverines’ season came to a close in heartbreaking fashion against rival Notre Dame at the Frozen Four.
This offseason, Marody wrote a story for MiHockey about his journey through hockey. It’s certainly worth a read today, as he officially becomes part of an NHL franchise. Read it here:
Michigan teammate Nick Boka also wanted the hockey world to know that Marody is an exceptional Fortnite player – “top five player in the league.”