Congratulations to Rhino defenseman Cooper Anderson who has signed to play with St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota! While he plays collegiate hockey in his home state, he will major in Business in pursuit of a Data Analytics career.
Although Anderson was eligible to play junior hockey for one last season, he felt that he was ready to transition to St. John’s NCAA DIII program. “I am super grateful for the opportunities that junior hockey has given me,” he explains, “and the goal of juniors for me was to reach the next level of hockey and I have the opportunity to do that at St. John’s.”
In his only season with El Paso, Anderson posted five goals and 21 assists in 37 regular season games. He feels that Rhino Country helped him improve both as a hockey player and as a person. “I believe I developed a lot of offensive skill that has helped me translate into more of a two-way defenseman,” he says. “But more importantly I learned to deal with adversity, both with hockey and playing a season during a pandemic. I think those things, as well as many more, will help me as a hockey player and a person.”
Now a Rhino alum, Cooper Anderson looks back on his season in El Paso with gratitude. “Thank you to Rhino Country for being an incredible fan base for a kid moving across the country to chase his dream. Also, a very special thank you to the Delk family for graciously hosting me in their house and for including me as a part of their family. El Paso will always hold a special place in my heart.”