Trail Smoke Eaters leading scorer Erik Cooper has accepted an offer to play for the NCAA Div. III national champion St. Norbert College Green Knights for the coming season.
Cooper, a native of Anchorage, Alaska, was on fire in the second half of the season scoring 32 of his 49 points on the season after the calendar flipped to 2012.
The 5-foot-11, 178-pound forward will become the sixth BCHL alum to join the Green Knights roster. Nanaimo Clippers alums Justin Favreau and Joe Perry, Smoke Eaters product Cullen Bradshaw, Victoria Grizzlies/Quesnel Millionaires alum Sam Higgins and Powell River Kings grad Reid Campbell are all currentlyon the team.
St. Norbert won its second straight Div. III title on March 17 with 4-1 win over Oswego State.