Ryan Cooper had three assists at the KIJHL Prospects Game on Saturday. Photo: Tyler Harper

Ryan Cooper steals spotlight for Nelson Leafs at KIJHL Prospects Game

Cooper was named the Kootenay Conference’s MVP

Nelson Leafs forward Ryan Cooper was named the Kootenay Conference’s MVP at the KIJHL Prospects Game on Saturday in Kelowna.

Cooper had three assists as the Kootenay team hammered the Okanagan-Shuswap side 7-3.

The 18-year-old rookie from St. Albert, Alta., is currently second in scoring for the Leafs with 13 goals and 15 assists in 32 games.

Leafs forward Ryan Piva also scored and had an assist in Kelowna, while defenceman Dash Thompson manned the blueline. Leafs head coach Mario DiBella was also invited to the game as the Kootenay’s coach.

Nelson returns to the ice Friday at home to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. The Leafs are on a five-game winning streak, lead the Neil Murdoch Division by two points and trail the Kimberley Dynamiters by just one point for the best record in the KIJHL.



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