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Logan Cooley signs 3-year entry-level contract with Arizona Coyotes

After previously announcing his return to the Gophers, Cooley signs an entry-level contract embarking on his NHL career.
Image by Photo courtesy of Gopher Athletics
Logan Cooley during the Gophers’ game against the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, March 18 in the Big Ten Tournament Championship.

Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong announced Thursday the Coyotes signed Gophers men’s hockey forward Logan Cooley to a three-year entry-level contract. 

“Logan is an incredibly skilled player who had an excellent season with the Golden Gophers last year,” Armstrong said in a press release for the Coyotes. “We look forward to watching him play for the Coyotes for many years to come.” 

Cooley previously announced he would return to the Gophers for his sophomore season, but has since said he feels “ready for the challenge of playing at the highest level in the world.”

“The hardest part of coming to this decision was feeling like I was letting people down,” Cooley said on Instagram. “I have to be true to myself and do what’s in my heart.”

Cooley completed his freshman season for the Gophers as the team’s leading scorer with 60 points (22 goals and 38 assists) and second in NCAA scoring. The Hobey Baker finalist finished the season with a point in 16 of his final 17 games. 

Cooley finished second in Big Ten Conference scoring and led the Gophers to the Frozen Four Championship game before falling to Quinnipiac 3-2 in overtime.

Cooley also represented the United States at the 2023 World Junior Championship in Canada earlier this year, leading the U.S. to a bronze medal. He recorded the second-most points in the tournament and led the team in scoring with 7-7-14.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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