Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- David Cooper
David Cooper was drafted following his third of four seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers in the first round by the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo selected Cooper in 1992, a year he was a First Team All-Star in the Western Hockey League, and by the 1993 American Hockey League playoffs Cooper was toiling for the Sabres farm club. Cooper spent three more years with the Rochester Americans, but he never got the call to the NHL level. Out of options with the Sabres, Cooper was released to free agency and signed a deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

With the Leafs Cooper got his chance and played 19 games with Toronto during the 1996-97 campaign. Cooper notched 3 goals and 3 assists with the Leafs and spent the rest of the year in the AHL. He was unable to build on break through to the NHL and played just 9 games the next year, though he was an AHL All-Star as a result of his solid play in St. John's. In July of 1998, Cooper was traded to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Ladislav Kohn.

With the Flames organization Cooper spent the entire year patrolling the blueline in the minors and when the year was done he decided to take his career in a different direction. Cooper elected to continue his career in Europe, signing to play the 1999-2000 campaign in Germany with the Kassel Huskies.

In 2000-01 Cooper, who was born in Ottawa, Ontario on November 2nd, 1973, returned to North America and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Though the year was spent in the minors again, he did resurface at the NHL level for two games with Toronto. However, after the year he was back to Germany for his next season, this time with the Berlin Polar Bears.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Edmonton Mets AJHL 32 24 22 46 151
1989-90 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 61 4 11 15 65 3 0 2 2 2
1990-91 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 64 12 31 43 66 11 1 3 4 23
1991-92 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 72 17 47 64 176 4 1 4 5 8
1992-93 Medicine Hat Tigers WHL 63 15 50 65 88 10 2 2 4 32
1992-93 Rochester Americans AHL 2 0 0 0 2
1993-94 Rochester Americans AHL 68 10 25 35 82 4 1 1 2 2
1994-95 Rochester Americans AHL 21 2 4 6 48
1994-95 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 39 9 19 28 90 9 3 8 11 24
1995-96 Rochester Americans AHL 67 9 18 27 79 8 0 1 1 12
1996-97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 19 3 3 6 16 -3
1996-97 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 44 16 19 35 65
1997-98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 9 0 4 4 8 +2
1997-98 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 60 19 23 42 117 -7 4 0 1 1 6
1998-99 Saint John Flames AHL 65 18 24 42 121 -37 7 1 4 5 10
1999-00 Kassel Huskies Germany 55 11 13 24 82 6 2 1 3 38
2000-01 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
2000-01 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 71 16 26 42 117 +2 4 1 1 2 10
2001-02 Eisbaren Berlin Germany 54 15 13 28 155 4 0 1 1 6
2002-03 SKA St. Petersburg Russia 10 1 2 3 36
2003-04 Iserlohn Roosters Germany 47 3 11 14 186
NHL Totals 30 3 7 10 24


WHL East First All-Star Team (1992)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1998)
Signed as a free agent by Toronto, September 26, 1996. Traded to Calgary by Toronto for Ladislav Kohn, July 2, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, October 16, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Asiago (Italy), August 23, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Pontebba (Italy), July 10, 2007.
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