ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Junior forward Cooper Marody of the University of Michigan ice hockey team has signed an entry-level contract with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, the club announced today (Sunday, April 8). Marody, the 2017-18 Big Ten scoring champion, was named a CCM/AHCA West Second Team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association on Friday (April 6) after a breakout season at Michigan.
The Brighton, Michigan, native led the team in scoring with 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists). Named the Big Ten Scoring Champion and first-team All Conference, Marody finished sixth in the NCAA in points, while his 35 assists ranked third in the country.
“I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to play for two of the best coaches in college hockey, Red Berenson and Mel Pearson,” Marody said. “Combined with their exceptional assistant coaches and support staff, they have prepared me for the next level. The teammates I have had the honor of playing alongside the past three seasons have made it the best time of my life.
“The Children of Yost, the Michigan Hockey Band, alumni, and fans make playing at Yost an unforgettable experience. My lifelong dream of playing at Michigan and wearing the Block M was even better in reality.”
Marody was the center of Michigan’s vaunted “DMC” line alongside seniors Dexter Dancs and Tony Calderone. This season, the trio accounted for 39 percent (53) of Michigan’s 136 goals and 34 percent of the teams points (124), while being a combined +48 over that span.
Marody led Michigan with 15 multiple-point games and 10 multiple-assist efforts. From Oct. 27-Nov. 18, Marody registered an eight-game multi-point streak, when he tallied 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) over that span. He became the first Wolverine to record multiple points in eight consecutive games since Brian Wiseman did so during the 1993-94 season. Marody helped lead Michigan to its 25th Frozen Four appearance, registering two goals in the Wolverines’ 3-2 win over Northeastern in the NCAA Regionals.