With training camp underway, we continue our look at every player on the LA Kings roster. To be continued: Pheonix Copley!
Date of birth: January 18, 1992
Place of birth: North Pole, Alaska
Country: United States
Weight: 198 pounds
Drafted: Not Drafted
Veteran goaltender Pheonix Copley spent the 2021-22 season with the Washington Capitals organization. He played two NHL games with the Caps, posting a 3.11 goals-against average and .878 save percentage to go 0-1-0. With the AHL’s Hershey Bears, Copley went 18-12 with a 2.38 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.
The 30-year-old has 31 NHL games under his belt spanning six seasons. For his career, he is 16-9 with a 2.98 goals-against average and .900 save percentage.
He is also not afraid to let go of the gloves:
Copley was brought in to serve as a veteran back-up in the AHL, but someone with NHL experience should anything happen to Jonathan Quick or Cal Petersen. Last season, Garrett Sparks played that role for the Ontario Reign while having a cup of coffee with the Los Angeles Kings in a pinch. For 2022-23, it will be Copley.
Matt Villalta will undoubtedly have a head start in the starting role in Ontario, but there are other young goaltenders who will be competing for ice time. At last weekend’s Rookie Faceoff in San Jose, we saw two in Jacob Ingham and David Hrenak.
Young goaltenders will have the luxury of veteran Copley to help them with their development, while the latter will also try to work his way up to another opportunity in the NHL.
(Main photo credit: NHL.com)