Atlanta defenseman Cooley makes NCAA commitment
May 27, 2016
The Atlanta Capitals of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that defenseman Andrew Cooley has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at Johnson and Wales University in the ECAC Northeast Conference.
Cooley, 20, just completed his second and final season of playing junior hockey in the NA3HL. The native of Wasilla, Alaska, recorded a career-high 25 points (8 goals, 17 assists) during the 2015-16 season with Atlanta. Cooley (6’3/210) also had two points in two playoff games.
Cooley was selected to and played in the 2016 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for the South Division team, where he had two assists in three games.
Cooley spent the 2014-15 season in the NA3HL with the Topeka Capitals, recording 20 points in 47 games. Overall in his NA3HL career, he appeared in 92 regular season games and had 45 points.
“I will never forget my experience in both Topeka and Atlanta. I can honestly say it was the best group of guys I have ever had the pleasure of playing with. The community was awesome; especially my billet families will always hold a special place in my heart,” said Cooley.
“The NA3HL and junior hockey served as the perfect medium for me to develop into a better player and prepare me for the collegiate level. With my commitment to Johnson and Wales comes a great opportunity to grow not only as a hockey player but in my studies as well. From my parents and coaches to teammates and friends I can't thank them all enough. I look forward to the upcoming season and spending my next four years as a J&W Wildcat,” continued Cooley.