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April 2, 2013

Marody caps sophomore season with nod to D-1 All-State team

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Cooper Marody capped his sophomore season with a first-team All-State nod in Division 1.

ORCHARD LAKE — Any time a sophomore is gifted enough to earn All-State recognition, there are sure to be some heads turning.

But what about when a player that age has garnered enough respect to be considered a legitimate professional prospect?

Well, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s hockey standout Cooper Marody did both this winter.

“He’s an NHL-type player in the making,” Eaglets coach Brian Klanow said of Marody last week, adding that he wasn’t surprised in the least bit when the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association named the sophomore forward to the Division 1 All-State team.

“The way he plays the game, he’s so gifted, creative, and has just started scratching the surface of what he can do.”

Marody, who was also named first-team All-Conference in the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League, recorded 42 points in 26 games this winter.

He scored 19 goals and dished out 23 assists, both team bests.

He also tallied six power-play goals and five game-winners.

“He’s a very gifted offensive player who scored some big goals at big times for us,” Klanow said. “He’s already attracted a lot of interest from the junior and college levels.”

“Still, I was pretty surprised to be named,” Marody, a Brighton resident, said. “We didn’t go on a very long playoff run, so I didn’t really see this coming. But it’s a great honor.”

Called up to the varsity at the end of last season, Marody had a goal and three assists in seven games.

But 2012-13 was his coming-out party, garnering the attention Klanow mentioned from the next level and from the coaches association.

“He deserved exactly what he got,” Klanow said. “I’m real happy with the season he had and what he was able to do for us.”

Marody, who has typically been one of the younger kids in his class due to how his birthday falls, said being a sophomore never really fazed him.

“I’ve always played against older kids,” he explained. “I guess I’ve kind of gotten used to it. It’s not a big deal to me.”

Doing so, though, has opened some doors in the very near future.

With the attention he’s garnered, the opportunity to leave St. Mary’s and play at the junior level is strong.

Klanow said simply, “If he’s here, we’ll gladly have him as part of our team.”

“I’m not sure what’s going to happen yet,” Marody said calmly. “If I decide to go play juniors, I’ll make the best of it. But if I stay here, St. Mary’s is an awesome program and an awesome place to be part of.”

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