The Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) has announced that Hawkesbury Hawks captain Mark Cooper has been voted the 2021-22 Defenseman of the Year, adding another accolade to his resume after already being named Top Graduating Player of the Year.

The 2001 born Cambridge, Ontario, native tied for second in CCHL scoring among defensemen during the regular season, with 48 points (11 goals, 37 assist) through 51 games of action. Over the course of his CCHL career between the Hawks and Carleton Place Canadians, Cooper has amassed 95 points (21 goals, 74 assists) in 126 games.

Cooper has a deceptive skill-set which make defending opponents have to guess what he is going to do when he is on the attack or defending. He shoots the puck with variety to get it through traffic and on net and has really developed a his one-timer over the past three seasons. He is a smooth skater who can make plays under pressure and defensively has high-end gap control and an active stick which lead to take-aways and a quick transition up ice.

“Mark has been a key piece to our team’s success,” said Hawks Head Coach Rick Dorval. “Playing 25-plus minutes a game in all situations. He has been a tremendous leader to get our rookies up to speed.”