Well lemme just tell you a lil’ about this Michigan Native!
Born and raised in Troy, Michigan. Her parents signed her up as a kid to Rec, went to 5 tryouts but didn’t make a team until one needed a back-up. Eventually became a starter and from then out performed for her team. In high school,
she was named to the all-state first team, the all-district first team, the all-conference first team, and all-region first team. She then attended the University of Michigan! Go Blue!
She had a terrific career at Michigan. During her best season, which was her 1st after a season ending injury her freshman year, Kopmeyer led the Big Ten in saves (56), save percentage (.862) and saves-per-game (5.60) during conference play while topping the conference in overall save percentage (.848) and sharing the lead in saves (95). She played in 16 games, making 15 starts and set the school rookie record for shutouts with six. She was awarded the University of Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement Award for the second year running and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
After 4 incredible seasons, this Michigan product, to her surprise, was drafted 31st overall by the Seattle Reign in 2013. Kopmeyer didn’t believe she’d even be drafted and thus already had plans working somewhere else in marketing. She even watched the 2013 NWSL draft until the 29th pick and stopped there and went to work bc she thought she wasn’t going to be drafted only to get a call from her father to which she started bawling.
Unfortunately, she was released from the team due to league roster constraints; however she was re-signed by the team for the 2014 season to back up Hope Solo.
In 2014, as back up to Hope, Kopmeyer believed it was a year she and Hope had began their relationship which was ‘massive’ , in her own words, in the sense that she had the opportunity to grow and learn from the best goal keeper in the world. She finally had someone who believed in her and thus from there on out kept improving as a GK.
On her first ever start in 2014, something only our Kop would do, she went to the wrong goal and so ran the entire field to get to the right one.
However, she did keep a clean sheet and the unbeaten streak while bringing the club to its fifth shutout in twelve games. Not to mention, some really good saves
Kopmeyer has been the back up since 2014 but in the years 2015-17, she’s taken a bigger role as Hope is in rehab now and taken a break from football. She is now the No.1 and has been putting on stellar performances for the Reign.
From being rejected as a kid in rec games, to starting in the wrong goal as a professional to being Player of the Week and now Seattle Reign’s No.1, Haley Kopmeyer is a Seattle Reign FC Original and forever a gem to our team.
This Town is about 100,000 sales from being eligible for Platinum certification in the U.S. It is expected to sell ~20,000 a week, and is still dropping on iTunes. Let’s try and make up for the loss in digital sales with streams. It is currently getting around 500,000 streams a day, and not even half of those are in the U.S. The ONLY way to help with the Platinum certification is to stream with a U.S. IP. Streaming the lyric video not only counts as streams, it earns views. The goal is to make it goal Platinum before the six month anniversary of its release (March 29th). If streaming doesn’t pick up, it might not happen! Please stream with a U.S. IP! 150 streams = 1 sale
I had been campaigning for Flower to be the Knights’ first overall draft pick. If he has to be a Knight, I wanted him to be in the record books for being the first/only goalie/player to have been drafted first overall twice. I was bummed when I realized how they were making their choices, apparently based on the teams’ finish at the end of regular-season play.
But then I saw it pointed out (I can’t find it now or I would link) that the way the selection was done meant Flower was picked 29th overall. And that gives me two things to think about:
a) It’s fitting, since Flower’s number means so much to him. (And it’s a good omen for him getting to keep it as a Knight.)
b) I’m not huge on conspiracy theories, but … the Pens – the team, the players – likely knew the draft format and would have known what a second-place finish for the Pens at the end of the season would mean for Flower last night. I don’t know that I can go so far as to insist they did it on purpose. But I do recall being surprised at the end of the season when the Pens had a confirmed playoffs spot and, instead of sitting back and resting a bit and being happy with simply getting in, they played strong right to the end – and finished in a position that would make Flower the Knights’ 29th pick, instead of their 27th or 28th pick.
We talk about numbers being important to Sid – the 87th game in the 66th playoffs series, for example. I’m not claiming to know how everything happened with Flower, and I know how far-fetched this scenario seems. Then again, the Pens won the second of back-to-back cups in the 87th game of their 66th playoff series. Numbers …
NHL: Vegas Golden Knights unveil Penguins star Fleury
If the Vegas Golden Knights were to uncover a franchise face among 30 other teams, the obvious choice was Marc-Andre Fleury.
Toward the end of the NHL’s awards show and expansion draft on Wednesday, it was the now-former Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender who drew the largest ovation from the crowd at T Mobile Arena when his name was announced as Vegas’ 29th pick.
Indeed, Fleury, long beloved by fans in Pittsburgh, instantly becomes the Knights’ most marketable player as the franchise set out to fill seats in a new market.
That much was evident by the reception.
One fan screamed, “I love you!” Fleury, doing an interview, stopped mid-sentence and responded, “I love you too!”
“I’m not looking to be the face of much,” he told reporters after the fanfare settled. “I didn’t expect the ovation. "It was so crazy. We’re really excited to get this started.”
The 32-year-old is the only active goalie in the NHL to have won three Stanley Cups, and he will bring his 375-216-66 career record to a team that has a chance to be competitive in their inaugural season.
Universally lauded as the consummate team-mate, he waived his no-movement clause months ago then helped the Penguins win a second straight championship, knowing full well the end to his 14-year run in Pittsburgh was imminent.
That is the sort of selflessness that prompted sombre farewells and well-wishes from team-mates past and present as soon as Fleury was “knighted."
First Penguins captain Sidney Crosby admitted he was weirded out seeing new colours on Fleury. Then a frowning Evgeni Malkin took to Instagram, sharing a photo wearing Fleury’s number 29 jersey and the words "My hero” inscribed on the back captioned: “Sad day :(”
The Penguins’ official Twitter account added a flower emoji to their handle, an ode to Fleury’s nickname.
All of this is to say no player selected Wednesday will be more missed by his former team than Fleury, even if he had been the most telegraphed pick of the bunch.
Yet Fleury, with a smile on his face all night long, seems to be moving on all right. Asked what he’s looking forward to most when he meets the Penguins for the first time, his response was telling.
“I just want to beat them. That’s it,” Fleury said.
Splatoon bundle report! Omg, you guys. Splatoon is getting a Wii U bundle! And it looks like this sweet baby will only be available at Best Buy and BestBuy.com. I guess I know where I’m stopping on the way home from the lab on May 29th! Booyah! I can pick up some new CDs for my car, too. And some new rechargeable batteries for the squidtrifuge! In addition to the Wii U system and Splatoon, looks like it also comes with Nintendo Land, all for just $299.99! Inkredible! Somebody pinch me! (Except you, giant crab locked up in our research cage. You stay put!)
Just to amend my post about the cars, I mistakenly wrote that Harry is always driven in a silver BMW. It’s a Mercedes. My bad.
Also the black car in front of Louis’ today was a black Mercedes. I got BMW and Mercedes mixed up in that post.
I’ve been told that the black Chrysler is the car that Zayn is always driven in. So I’m going to assume that Zayn was driven to Harry’s white house on the morning of the 29th to pick up Louis so they would be seen arriving together to the signing as they always are.
I thought in light of octavia’s increased role this season as a leader and all the clextavia moments we will be getting that I’d make a clextavia network for those out there who have love for the tritanic and want a place to basically spread their love for these three badass ladies and have some new people to talk to!