Coyotes prospect Logan Cooley returning to University of Minnesota for sophomore season

Arizona Coyotes top prospect Logan Cooley has elected to return for another season at the University of Minnesota.

Drafted third overall by the Coyotes at the 2022 NHL Draft, Cooley amassed 60 points (22 goals and 38 assists) in 39 games as a freshman with the Golden Gophers. He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker award, which was ultimately awarded to University of Michigan 2023 draft-eligible prospect Adam Fantilli.

Cooley, 19, is a product of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.

“There’s no point to rush. But if you feel you’re ready, you feel ready,” Cooley said in an interview with The Athletic earlier this year. “We’re still in college, still a kid. Once you go to the NHL, it’s all business.”

The announcement of his decision to return for another year in the NCAA comes three days after the Coyotes’ hopes of building a new arena in Tempe were rejected by a public referendum. The Coyotes will continue to play out of Mullett Arena for the 2023-24 season as the team and league start over in their search for a permanent home.

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