From 1990-93, a highly touted Western Hockey League defenseman was playing his junior hockey for the Medicine Hat Tigers. David Cooper was a big, mobile, puck carrying defenseman who could score and in Alberta, comparisons were already being made between him and some other great defenseman who had played for the Oilers. But during his draft year of 1992, he fell to the 11th pick in the first round and was taken by the Buffalo Sabres. Cooper never played an NHL game for the Sabres but instead spent the next few years with the Rochester Americans of the AHL.
In 1996 he signed with the St John's Maple Leafs and had a couple of very short stints totaling 30 games with the big club in Toronto. He began playing in Europe in 2001 and even spent a year playing in Russia. His last known stop was this season, playing for the Iserlohn Roosters in Germany.