What Dreams Are Made Of: College Goalie Reid Cooper Takes Solo Lap Ahead of Capitals’ Final Game of 2022-23 Season

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With backup goaltender Charlie Lindgren out of the team’s lineup for the penultimate game of the 2022-23 season, the Washington Capitals inked college goalie Reid Cooper to an Amateur Tryout Offer to serve as starter Darcy Kuemper’s understudy.

Ahead of the team’s tilt against the New Jersey Devils, Cooper, a soon-to-be graduate from Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, took the ice for the traditional “rookie” lap, soon joined by the rest of the Capitals.

With salary cap restraints preventing the Caps from recalling a goalie from the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, the team signed Cooper, who was watching television with his college roommates when he was notified he would be joining the NHL club, to back up Kuemper for the final game of the 2022-23 regular season.

The 24-year old native of Corman Park, Saskatchewan recorded a 20-6-1 record for Curry in 27 games this past season, with a .922 Save Percentage and a Goals-Against Averaged of 1.92 and advanced to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals; he was named the Commonwealth Coast’s Co-Player and Goaltender of the Year.

During the second intermission of the Caps’ game against New Jersey, he joined NBC Sports Washington’s Al Koken for an interview on his experience:

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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1 Response to What Dreams Are Made Of: College Goalie Reid Cooper Takes Solo Lap Ahead of Capitals’ Final Game of 2022-23 Season

  1. novafyre says:

    I assume that since he is getting an MBA next month he has used up all his college eligibility and won’t be staying an amateur if he continues to play hockey. If so, I think he would be able to keep his jersey and any other equipment he picks up on this ATO. Although he won’t get paid, he will have his experiences and, even if he doesn’t get on the ice, it might raise his visibility into an ECHL contract.

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