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Michigan Tech's Pheonix Copley Signs with Washington Capitals

Tech's sophomore goalie opts for the pros.

Matt Christians

The Washington Capitals announced on Wednesday evening that they have signed Michigan Tech sophomore goalie Pheonix Copley to a contract. Copley will join the Caps' AHL affiliate in Hershey.

Copley, originally from North Pole, Alaska, joined a crowded Michigan Tech goal crease last season as a freshman, eventually beating out senior Kevin Genoe and fellow freshman Jamie Phillips to earn a majority of the playing time for Michigan Tech. Copley registered a 3.222 GAA and .900 save percentage in 24 games played as a freshman.

This past season, Copley beat out Phillips, a Winnipeg prospect, for the majority of playing time in Tech's net, playing in 30 games and improving his numbers to 2.51 and .911, with a 10-13-6. Copley has prototypical pro size, listed at 6-3 175 lbs., and certainly put up some impressive performances in college, including 40-save performances at Notre Dame and at Michigan this past season. He'll likely need a few years in  the minor leagues to hone his game before he's a legitimate candidate to play for the Capitals at the NHL level.