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Friday, October 23, 2015

Taylor Cooper set for weekend return

Photo credit: Keith Hershmiller Photography
The long road back from off-season shoulder surgery has come to a head for Regina Pats overage forward Taylor Cooper. The Sherwood Park product will make his season debut on Sunday at the Brandt Centre when the Pats host the Prince Albert Raiders at 4 o'clock.

Cooper joined the Pats at last years trade deadline when the club sent defenceman Brady Reagan to the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Cooper says he can't wait to get out there. "I am very excited for it, I am all good to go!"

Cooper says it's been a long journey to get to where he is today. "In the off-season it was a lot different not being able to train in the summer and not be able to skate as much but now it's about getting back into game shape."

Head Coach and GM John Paddock says Cooper adds a lot to the lineup. "Coops is a scorer, he came in last year and produced I think it was 25 points in 30 games. He seemed to have good chemistry with Sam (Steel) for the most part until Sam got hurt so that is a good thing. He should be a good boost for us. He's been practicing with us for a while. He has to test it out for sure. There will be still another test when he first gets hit by a defenceman from an opposing team. And is there a timing thing with the puck and stuff like that? Maybe, maybe not. He is a pretty natural scorer."

Cooper last year scored 25 goals and had 60 points last season split between the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the Regina Pats. He says he hopes to bring that scoring right away. "I just want to hop in and do the best I can. Help out some of the guys and provide some leadership and hopefully some scoring too."

The puck drops Sunday at 4 o'clock at the Brandt Centre.

EXTRAS:

-The Pats signed forward Sean Richards to a Standard WHL Player Agreement and he practiced with the team on Friday afternoon. Richards began the season with the AJHL's Olds Grizzlys where he had 4 goals and 7 points in 14 games to go along with 63 penalty minutes.

- The Pats re-assigned forward Trygve Many Guns to the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL.

- Defenceman James Hilsendager is expected to play Sunday when the Pats host the Raiders. Hilsendager missed the teams last game against the Kootenay Ice after he blocked a shot in the previous game against the Calgary Hitmen.







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