Cooley commits to Denver

His stay in the BCHL was all of just 14 games but it was enough for Devin Cooley to convince the defending NCAA champs they want him in their program.

The University of Denver Pioneers have welcomed Cooley into the fold for the 2017-18 campaign as they prepare to defend their title.

Cooley went 7-3 with three shutouts for the Wenatchee Wild last season while posting a 2.45 goal-against average. The 6-foot-5, 180-pound netminder also spent time with the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks and the NAHL’s Springfield Jr. Blues in his Junior hockey career.

At Denver, Cooley will join a Pioneers program that in April claimed its eighth NCAA national title. BCHL alums Jarid Lukosevicius, who had a hat trick in the title game, Adam Plant and Liam Finlay played big roles in the championship season. They’ll be joined in the coming year by Cooley as well as BCHL grads Griffin Mendel, Kohen Olischefski and Ryan Barrow.

The Pioneers compete in the NCAA’s National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) along with North Dakota, Nebraska-Omaha, Minnesota-Duluth, Miam-Ohio, Colorado College, Western Michigan and St. Cloud State.