Former Michigan Tech goaltender Pheonix Copley signs three-year extension with Washington

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ARLINGTON, Va. (WLUC) – Former Michigan Tech goaltender Pheonix Copley signed a three-year, $3.3 million contract extension with the Washington Capitals senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced Monday, Feb. 4.

The North Pole, Alaska, native has posted a record of 10-5-3 this season with a 2.98 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound goaltender has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his 19 appearances. Copley went on a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) from November 24 through January 9, the longest stretch by a Capitals goaltender this year.

In 21 career NHL games, Copley is 10-6-3 with a 3.08 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage. Copley made his NHL debut on February 27, 2016 as a member of the St. Louis Blues at Nashville and made 24 saves in his first career NHL start on January 21, 2017 at Winnipeg.

Copley played two seasons for Michigan Tech from 2012-14, winning 18 games with four shutouts. He had a 10-13-6 record with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in 2013-14. He was twice named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.

During the 2012-13 season, Copley appeared in 24 games for the Huskies and posted an 8-15-1 record. He had three shutouts, a .900 save percentage, and a 3.22 goals-against average. Copley was named the WCHA Rookie of the Week twice, the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week once, and the MVP of the Great Lakes Invitational after a pair of shutouts to lift the Huskies to their first GLI title in 32 years.

Copley was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Capitals acquired Copley from the St. Louis Blues on February 27, 2017. Washington re-signed Copley to a two-year contract on June 28, 2017.

Copley is in the midst of his fifth full season of professional hockey. He has also appeared in 145 games in the AHL for the Hershey Bears and Chicago Wolves. In AHL games, he holds a 73-48-12 record with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.