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North Pole resident and Los Angeles Kings goalie Pheonix Copley

This year’s feel-good story in the NHL — and quite possibly in all of sports — has hit a major pothole. Major as in the size of the kind that the Powers Who Be with the state and local road crews make a priority to fix as opposed to the ones the folks on social media claim have just been annoyances throughout the winter months. As the driver of Hyundai Kona as opposed to being an Ice Road Trucker, those of all sizes prove of equal challenge to me on my 1.2-mile commute to work, but I digress. (Did I mention this transplanted Texan saw his first moose while driving home Saturday morning after work at 2 a.m? Talk about awe-inspiring!)

But back to the NHL... North Pole resident Pheonix Copley was called up to play in goal for the Los Angeles Kings on Dec. 6. The veteran professional who turned 31 last week had long toiled in hockey’s junior, college and minor leagues. That included four seasons before college in the NAHL (the Corpus Christi (Texas) Ice Rays), USHL and NAPHL; two years at Michigan Tech; and the bulk of each season since 2023 in the AHL, to include with the Hershey (Pennsylvania) Black Bears. 

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