This time of year we’re always excited to announce the beginning of a career for one of our Clients; and this year is no exception with us having the pleasure of congratulating Chase Golightly, Ryan Trenz, and Matt Cope on the beginning of their professional hockey careers!
Chase Golightly of Robert Morris University has signed with the Florida Everblades in the ECHL; affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes.
“The defenseman was ninth on the team in scoring this season with 24 points on 5 goals and 19 assists. Golightly was 16th in the nation in scoring among defensemen, tenth among free agent defensemen. The senior from Temecula, California recorded 61 blocked shots and was plus-19, scoring 14 of his 25 points on the power play, part of the unit that was best in the nation throughout much of the season.
Golightly finishes his career as the third highest scoring defenseman in program history, scoring 60 points (12g, 48a) and is third all-time with a plus/minus rating of plus-45. Golightly played 147 games for the Colonials, sixth all-time and second-most by a defenseman. Golightly is also a three-time member of the conference all-academic team.
“I’m excited to be here and ready to start playing,” said Golightly, after arriving in Florida with the team. “I’m happy to come to such a great organization.”
“Chase is a very proficient, puck-moving defenseman that has the ability to break the puck out with ease,” said Robert Morris head coach Derek Schooley. “He was a very smart defenseman here, on the blue line of the third best power play in all of NCAA division I hockey.” – RMU Press Release
Matt Cope, also of Robert Morris has signed with the Norfolk Admirals in the ECHL; affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers.
“Cope played 147 games for the Colonials, ranking sixth in program history. The senior from Lakewood, Colorado scored 78 points during his career on 28 goals and 50 assists. Cope is also sixth all-time in plus/music at RMU with a plus-37 rating. Cope has been a factor on the penalty kill, both in clearing the puck and scoring two shorthanded goals.
Cope’s senior campaign was the best of his college career, scoring 32 points, finishing sixth in scoring on the NCAA’s fourth highest scoring team. Cope ranked 21st in the nation in scoring among free agent senior forwards and was 15th in scoring in the Atlantic Hockey conference this season. Cope’s power play abilities came through this season as he played on a unit ranked first in the nation throughout much of the season, producing five power play goals and seven power play assists.
“I’m very happy for Matt,” said Robert Morris head coach Derek Schooley. “He plays hard and is very good in the tough areas. This will be a very good opportunity for him to prove himself at the next level.”
Cope has won five championship trophies with the Colonials, two Three Rivers Classic tournament championships, two Atlantic Hockey regular season titles and one Atlantic Hockey playoff championship, helping Robert Morris to its first NCAA tournament appearance. The class of 2016 seniors have won 87 games, more than any other class in Colonials history.” – RMU Press Release
Ryan Trenz of Northern Michigan has signed with the Alaska Aces in the ECHL.
“Trenz appeared in 37 games during his senior season, totaling a career-best nine points (3g-6a). He notched an assist on Robbie Payne’s overtime game-winning goal against Michigan State in the Great Lakes Invitational consolation game Dec. 30 and skated in his 100th collegiate contest March 4 at Michigan Tech.
Trenz wrapped up his collegiate career with 16 points (4g-12a) in 103 games.” – Northern Michigan Press Release