May 8, 2012 - 11:16pm
BY MATT SLOVIN
With the defection of then-junior forward Chris Brown from the Michigan hockey program to the Phoenix Coyotes organization last month, the team’s offensive corps looked a little slimmer.
But forward Andrew Copp, expected to graduate from Ann Arbor’s Skyline High School this spring, announced via Twitter on Tuesday evening his intentions to continue his hockey career at Michigan in the fall. The offer from Berenson to join the program comes relatively late in the recruitment period.
“I have officially committed to play college hockey at the University of Michigan for this fall,” Copp said via Twitter. “It is a dream come true. #GoBlue”
Copp, a two-sport athlete at Skyline as the school’s varsity football quarterback, was also a member of the United States’ Under-18 National Team Development Program. He made the under-17 squad originally, before working his way up, even playing for the program this year on the World Championships gold medal team. There, he joined several other future Wolverines in this year’s class — goaltender Jared Rutledge, forward J.T. Compher and defensemen Connor Carrick and Jacob Trouba.
When the USNTDP faced off against Michigan in an exhibition game in October at Yost Ice Arena, Copp didn’t dress, as he instead chose to take the snaps for Skyline. But a broken collarbone ended his season early and placed his recruitment for both sports in jeopardy. Copp later returned to the ice for the under-18 team.