Bemidji State hockey alum Matt Pope worked his way through the minor leagues last season and turned into a key contributor during the Manitoba Moose's playoff run.
After graduating from BSU in 2007, Pope played the bulk of of his rookie season with Bakersfield of the ECHL. He went on to play with the American Hockey League's Binghamton Senators before he was released and then signed by Manitoba. He signed a contract with the Vancouver Canucks during the offseason.
He attended Vancouver's prospect camp earlier this month, but was unable to play due to injury. Here's the 1-on-1 interview video with Pope produced by Canucks TV as part of the NHL Network.
Pope, 24, appeared in eight games with the Moose after he signed a PTO on Mar. 17. In that span, he collected five points (2-3-5) and six penalty minutes. He also appeared in seven games during the 2009 AHL Calder Cup Playoffs where he earned five points (2-3-5) along with two penalty minutes.
In 54 games at Bakersfield, Pope scored 63 points (30-33-63) and recorded 72 penalty minutes. Pope appeared in four games last season with Binghamton where he scored three points (2-1-3).
Prior to his rookie season, Pope played four seasons at Bemidji State. He appeared in 143 games for the Beavers and accumulated 71 points (33-38-71) and 126 penalty minutes.