Former Barons Captain Wins NCAA Championship

When former Fort McMurray Oil Barons captain Carson Cooper decided to leave junior hockey to attend Yale, he had no idea he’d be a part of a national championship team in his freshman year.

The Yale Bulldogs men’s hockey team made history this weekend, winning the school’s first ever NCAA hockey championship and being the lowest seed (No. 15) in NCAA history to ever win the Frozen Four. Yale earned the victory Saturday with a 4-0 win against ECAC rival Quinnipiac Bobcats.

“Winning a championship is unbelievable, but it hasn’t really sunk in exactly what it means for me as a freshman,” said Cooper. “As a freshman you haven’t really experienced what it’s like losing out in college hockey, so it’s hard to describe how it is, but right now I’m just really happy, it’s unbelievable. I’m so happy for the guys, especially the seniors who are heading out. Especially because we had a tough go in the ECAC finals, but coming back to win a national championship, I’m really happy for them.”

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