Alex aka Koop started training with us last summer after a 4 year NCAA Division 3 career that started him in Concordia and finished at Gustavus Adolphus College. Koop grew up in St. Cloud and played his high school hockey for St. Cloud Cathedral where he averaged over a point a game his senior year. From there he went on to play 3 years of juniors before starting his college career. Following college Alex took his game over to Sweden to play in the 2nd Pro division for Soderhamn where he amassed 35 points in 29 games. Next year Koop is planning to play professionally in the states.
Alex’s passion for the game of hockey and his dedication his personal training is matched by his enthusiasm and passion as a teacher of the game. This is Alex’s first year on the staff. He is very outgoing is always looking to push the kids to be at their best. Whether that is making sure the players are being held accountable on skating or challenging someone in the shooting lane to a game of pig. Rumor is he’s got the top score on the stickhandling machine with 38! When asked about his MAP experience Koop says:
“Favorite part about MAP is the community and atmosphere. You get to be around people all day that have the same goals as you and everyone pretty much has the same interests. This makes it a very fun place to be at all times, whether you are working or training, it is always enjoyable. The training part of MAP is something really special and I believe it’s hard to find something like this anywhere else.
Guys are super competitive and really work to push each other both in the weight room and on the ice. Having this type of high level competition paired with the knowledge and years of experience from the head staff makes for huge improvements to all aspects of your game throughout the summer. Lastly, you become best friends with all these guys throughout the year. You all put in countless number of hours and sweat throughout the summer, which makes it awesome to check up and watch everyone succeed during their seasons.
From a coaching stand point, it is awesome to work with the kids that are at such an exciting time in their careers. It is really rewarding to watch them develop and get better as the weeks pass by. You get to know each kid personally and have a lot invested in all of them, so watching them get better and going on to succeed is pretty special!”