Copley re-signs with Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. — Former Michigan Tech goaltender Pheonix Copley has re-signed with the Washington Capitals, inking a two-year $1.3 million contract the team announced on Wednesday. Copley’s contract is two-way ($650,000/$200,000) during the 2017-18 season and one-way ($650,000) during the 2018-19 season.

Copley, 25, posted a 26-11-3 record with one shutout, a 2.25 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in 41 AHL games with the Chicago Wolves and Hershey Bears in 2016-17. The North Pole, Alaska, native ranked seventh in the AHL in goals-against average last season, tied for seventh in wins and tied for eighth in save percentage. Copley has posted a 58-31-6 record with seven shutouts, a 2.42 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in 104 career AHL games with Hershey and Chicago. 

Copley has appeared in two career NHL games with the St. Louis Blues. The 6-foot-4, 196-pound goaltender made his NHL debut on February 27, 2016 at Nashville and made 24 saves in his first career NHL start on January 21, 2017 at Winnipeg. The Capitals acquired Copley from the Blues on February 27.

Copley played two seasons for the Huskies 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 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 Defensive Player of the Week once, and the MVP of the GLI after a pair of shutouts to lift the Huskies to their first GLI title in 32 years.

Copley joins a host of Huskies who have NHL deals. Tanner Kero signed a two-year extension with the Chicago Blackhawks in March, while Jujhar Khaira inked a two-year extension two weeks ago with the Edmonton Oilers. Blake Pietila is a restricted free agent and has been extended a qualifying offer by the New Jersey Devils earlier this week. Jamie Phillips is under contract with the Winnipeg Jets. Chris Conner is a free agent after playing the last two seasons in the Philadelphia Flyers organization. Matt Roy is inked in with the Los Angeles Kings on a two-year contract, and Angus Redmond has a three-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks.