Sunday, 2 September 2012

Cooper Hopes he's in Brandon to Stay.

Taylor Cooper
Taylor Cooper is hoping his stay in the Wheat City this fall will be a whole lot longer than it was a year ago.

The 17-year old started last season with the Wheat Kings, posting one assist in four pre-season games, and then sent back to the Alberta AAA Midget ranks in late September without having appeared in a regular season game.

Cooper went on to notch 21 goals and 46 points in 34 games with the Sherwood Park Kings and the 6-foot-, 180 pounder said at Wheat Kings' training camp Saturday that he feels a lot more prepared for the rigors of the Western Hockey League this fall.

"Just getting bigger and stronger, especially at the gym," said Cooper, "That was mostly what I had to work on and I'm a year ago and that makes a big difference at my age."

A sixth round pick in the 2010 Bantam Draft, Cooper lit up Rookie Camp offensively on Wednesday and Thursday and has had a solid two days of Main Camp as well.

"I got the bounces the first few days and now the guys are back so it's a little bit harder," said Cooper, "You just have to work hard and things will come."

Cooper is hoping to continue his strong play when the curtain comes down on camp Sunday afternoon with the annual intrasquad game at 2:00 p.m. at Westman Communications Group Place.

Admission to the game will be $3 for adults and $1 for youth.

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