The Centennials announced today that forward Matthew Kopperud has earned himself a commitment from the Arizona State University Sun Devils.
Kopperud is in his second year with the Merritt Centennials and has found some early success scoring 4 goals and adding 4 assists through 7 games. Last season he compiled 9 goals and 8 assists over 40 games played. Before joining the Centennials Kopperud spent time with the Pursuit of Excellence program in the CSSHL and scored at a rate of 1.20 points-per-game.
Head Coach and General Manager says that despite the early success this year, this pact has been a couple years in the making.
"It goes back a couple years for Matt, he's slowly gotten to know their staff. They've kept on him and done their homework, and Matt's had a great start to the season, a really good summer, and has taken advantage of the ice time given to him. So it might seem quick, seem like it came out of nowhere, but they've had their eye on him for quite a while."
Kopperud will join Cents alumnus Jake Clifford as the only other Cent to date that has committed to Arizona State.