12 David Pope
First season as a Griffin…First year pro…Signed to a two-year entry-level contract by Detroit, 5/7/18.
Career Highlights: Named to the NCHC First All-Star Team as a senior at Nebraska-Omaha in 2017-18…Four-time NCHC Academic All-Conference Team selection…Named to the 2013-14 BCHL Second All-Star Team with West Kelowna.
2017-18: As a senior with the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks, tallied career highs in points (20-21—41), goals (20), assists (21) and games played (35)…Selected to the NCHC First All-Star Team and the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team…Led the Mavericks in goals, points, power play goals (12) and shots (123), while tying for the team lead in assists…Led the NCHC in power play goals while ranking sixth in the NCHC in points, third in goals and tied for 15th in assists…Tied for 28th overall in the nation in scoring and finished second overall in power play tallies…Finished second in school history for power play goals in a season…Placed fourth overall in conference scoring with 28 points (14-14—28) in 23 NCHC games…Totaled 12 multi-point games…Named the NCHC Offensive Player of the Week, 10/30/17…Tied school records by recording four assists and five points, 1/12/18 vs. Miami…Scored his first NCAA hat trick, 2/2/18 at St. Cloud State.
2016-17: As a junior at Nebraska-Omaha, tied for third on the club in scoring with 31 points (13-18—31) in 34 games…Ranked third on the Mavericks in goals, tied for fourth in assists and tied for second in power play goals (2nd)…NCHC Academic All-Conference Team…Tied for 19th in the conference in points, tied for 18th in assists and tied for 19th in goals…Tied a school record with four assists, 11/5/16 vs. Colorado College.
2015-16: Scored eight points (4-4—8) and added eight PIM in 31 games with Nebraska-Omaha…NCHC Academic All-Conference Team.
2014-15: In his freshman campaign with Nebraska-Omaha, posted 14 points (8-6—14) and six PIM in 33 games…NCHC Academic All-Conference Team…Made his college debut, 11/7/14 at Ohio State…Potted his first college goal, 11/8/14 at Ohio State.
2013-14: In his final season in the BCHL, compiled 50 points (27-23—50) and 20 PIM in 45 games with the West Kelowna Warriors…Named to the BCHL Second All-Star Team…Tied for 14th in the BCHL in goals…Paced West Kelowna in goals while also placing fourth in points and eighth in assists…Totaled 15 multi-point games…Compiled 16 points (9-7—16) during an eight-game point streak to close the regular season, 2/11/14-3/1/14…Ranked second on the club in postseason scoring with six points (2-4—6) in six games.
2012-13: Showed 39 points (17-22—39) in 42 games with West Kelowna…His team-high nine power play goals tied for 10th in the league…Placed among the team’s leaders in points (5th), goals (T4th) and assists (T7th)…Recorded a hat trick, 2/2/13 vs. CHI…Tallied five points (4-1—5) and two PIM in seven postseason appearances.
2011-12: Split his first BCHL season between Cowichan Valley and Westside and combined for 25 points (8-17—25) in 44 games…Posted seven points (2-5—7) in 24 games with Cowichan Valley and 18 points (6-12—18) in 20 appearances with Westside.
Personal: Earned a kinesiology degree from Nebraska-Omaha…Has an older sister, Amanda…Best friends in hockey are Jake Randolph and Joel Messner…Greatest hockey memory is reaching the Frozen Four during his freshman season…Started playing hockey at the age of three…First position was as a defenseman…Hockey nickname is Poper…Hockey idol as a youth was Pavel Bure…Greatest influence on his hockey career has been his dad because he taught him everything…First job was delivering papers…Favorite charity is St. John’s Home…If he could trade places for a day with another occupation, he would be a pro golfer…Also played golf, baseball and soccer growing up…Favorite foods are steak, sushi, crab, lobster, vegetables…Favorite music artists are Kenny Chesney and Tupac…Favorite movie is The Prestige…Favorite television show is Curb Your Enthusiasm…Favorite book is J.R. by Jeremy Roenick…Favorite vacation spot is Spain…Favorite sports teams are the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks and the New England Patriots…Least favorite sport team is North Dakota…Favorite sports to watch are the NFL and the majors in tennis and golf…Enjoys golf, tennis and video games.
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The Detroit Red Wings have assigned six players to the Griffins, including the sixth overall selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft Filip Zadina.