Cooper commits to Varsity Reds


Former Saint John Sea Dogs and Charlottetown Islanders forward Oliver Cooper has committed to play for the University of New Brunswick Reds of the CIS, the team announced on Monday.

Cooper, 21, is one of three QMJHL players recruited by UNB on Monday.

In a team press release, Cooper said his time in the QMJHL has prepared him for this next step in his career.

“It helps you mature as a person and a player at once, and now I see how important the education side is, as well as the athletics.”

In the same release, Varsity Reds Head Coach Gardiner MacDougall said Cooper will bring a lot more than just size and scoring to the team.

“He played in Saint John when they were a powerhouse, and had an opportunity to go over to P.E.I. and help start their build. Last year, he was their captain, so I think he brings a lot of leadership.”

The native of Fredericton, N.B., played the last two seasons with the Islanders scoring 39 goals and 83 points in 125 games. Prior to joining the Islanders, Cooper played three full seasons with the Saint John Sea Dogs who drafted him 19th overall in 2011. He scored 84 goals and 183 points in 320 regular season games while adding eight goals and 16 points in 31 career playoff games.

It is also noted in the press release that Cooper will be studying business while attending UNB.