By Gary Ahuja –
Langley Times Correspondent
Almost every kid grows up dreaming about the chance to play for their hometown hockey team and that dream came one step closer to becoming a reality on Thursday afternoon for Matt Pope, who was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team and played in the ECHL All-Star Game.
The 24-year-old, a product of the Langley Minor Hockey Association and former member of the junior A Langley Hornets, signed a two-way contract with the Vancouver Canucks.
“There were a few teams interested, but the Canucks, I was hoping they were going to make me a good offer,” Pope said by phone as he was on his way to Los Angeles.
He was flying to California before returning to Langley in order to pick up items he left behind after playing for the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors.