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Andrew Copp Turns Pro

Michigan captain Andrew Copp will forgo his senior year and sign a pro contract with the Winnipeg Jets

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Michigan captain Andrew Copp had been mulling his options between staying for a senior season and turning pro.

Announced this morning on twitter, Copp has made the decision to turn pro.

Andrew Copp came to Michigan after Chris Brown left for Arizona late in the recruiting year. The coaches were looking to add a player and Copp, who played football at Ann Arbor Skyline and skated with the USNTDP, was the player they brought on.

Copp became an instant fan favorite taking a spot on the first line towards the end of the season as a shutdown defensive center and finishing his freshman year with 11 goals. More importantly, Copp became the face of the program during a time when it suffered from a leadership void. He didn't wear a letter, but that was his team.

The following summer Winnipeg would select him in the 4th round and Michigan would name him an alternate captain on the way to a 15 goal year.

As a junior Copp wore the "C" and set a career high in assists with 17 and in points with 31. He finishes his Michigan career with 40 goals and 41 assists in 107 games.

Copp was not just a great player, but a leader on and off the ice as well as a fine representative of the program. He will sorely be missed.