14 Pat Copeland
Pat Copeland

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Dexter, Ore.

High School:
Pleasant Hill

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 201

Position:
Defenseman

Experience:
3L

Club:
Trail Smoke Eaters, BCHL



Will serve as one of two team captains ... one of six members of the senior class ... lone player on the team from Oregon ... most experienced player on the blue line ... has appeared in 77 career games ... steady, stay-at-home defenseman ... well respected by teammates ... seven career assists ... role has expanded each season ... two-time selection to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team ... Dean's List student ... three-time letterwinner.

2009-10: Appeared in all 36 games ... collected 28 conference starts ... registered five assists ... tallied an assist in season-opener against Nebraska-Omaha ... handed out an assist in a 3-3 overtime tie and was +1 against Sacred Heart ... picked up third assist at Holy Cross during 4-1 win and was +1 ... credited with an assist in 4-4 overtime tie on national television against Mercyhurst ... registered final assist in wild 8-6 win against American International ... named to the Atlantic Hockey Association All-Academic Team

2008-09: Appeared in 25 games ... one assist ... drew 18 conference assignments ... collected assist in tie with American International ... increased role during upset of #2 Miami ... played in non-conference games against Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Ohio State and Merrimack as well ... drew conference assignments against Sacred Heart, Mercyhurst, Holy Cross, Air Force, Bentley, Canisius, RIT and American International ... named to the Atlantic Hockey Association All-Academic Team.

2007-08: Appeared in 16 games during his rookie campaign ... one assist ... finished the season with a +6 plus/minus rating ... earned his first career point at Tate Rink ... credited with an assist during a 7-1 victory against American International ... competed in 11 conference games.

Background: Spent part of his summer training at Fort Lewis, Wash. ... bulk of time spent with a Field Artillery lieutenant in the 17th Fires Brigade ... served as a First Sergeant for Summer Garrison Regiment at West Point during summer following junior season ... son of Brad and Teresa Copeland ... one sister, Rachel ,who graduated from Vanguard where she played basketball ... one of the few Division I hockey players from Oregon ... voted Trail Smoke Eaters Most Dedicated Player in 2005-06 ... named the team's Top Defenseman a year later ... posted at least a 3.5 grade point average all four years of high school ... enjoys backpacking, fishing and working out ... lists Eric Heiden and Lance Armstrong among his favorite athletes ... played minor hockey for the Portland Junior Hawks ... won a Junior B League title with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in 2003-04 ... second at provincials a year later ... voted to the KIJHL all-star team ... named Top Defenseman and Most Dedicated as a member of the Nitehawks ... assistant captain in 2006-07 for the Trail Smoke Eaters where he earned Most Dedicated and Top Defenseman honors ... majoring in Environmental Geography.

Getting To Know #14

Why did you choose West Point? I chose West Point because of the tradition it holds and the camaraderie displayed by the team when I came on my visit.
Best part about Army hockey? My teammates
I wear #14 because? I have always had a 4 in my number
Song most played on my iPod? Pearl Jam - Given to Fly
Best dressed teammate? Drew Pierson
Favorite class? Geography of Asia
If I weren't playing hockey, I would be? Playing baseball
Pregame rituals? I put everything on my left side first
My first pair of skates were? CCM Tacks
Two words to describe Coach Riley? Stanley Cup
Sporting event I would like to attend? Tour de France
If I could interview any person it would be? Jackie Robinson

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