MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - A Midland native is making a name himself in the hockey world. On Thursday, the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey league picked the tall city's own Copeland Fricker in the ninth round of their draft.
"It was a very big moment and I'm just really happy," said Copeland Fricker.
Fricker is a former Junior Jackalope whose family has hosted countless Jacks for several seasons. While the Western league is different than the NAHL, they are both developmental junior hockey leagues and for Fricker, that means he's been given a chance to play at an equal level of the guys he's looked up to for a majority of his life.
"It's very humbling for me to know that I can say that I'm able to be at a level that they're at in the next couple years," said Fricker.
Fricker became the first kid from West Texas to ever be drafted into junior hockey.
"There are a lot of kids out there with good talent so it's just an honor to be drafted and hopefully other kids through the years will start being drafted and being noticed from around those areas because there are still some very good kids around West Texas," said Fricker.
He has to wait until he turns sixteen to enter the league so in the meantime he's playing with a team in Dallas and will be training in Canada this summer, all to work towards his ultimate goal.
"Ultimate goal is to make the NHL, hopefully, one day," said Fricker.