2009-10: David Pope was selected by Spokane in the eighth round (170th overall) of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft and played for the Knights of Columbus Pats midget AAA team in Edmonton. In 27 games he scored 2 goals with 8 assists and had 12 penalty minutes.
2010-11: Pope spent the year at the Pursuit of Excellence hockey academy in Kelowna, BC and skated for the school’s prep team. Pursuit of Excellence was second amongst Canadian secondary schools during the regular season and was runner-up to Edge School in the playoff tournament. Pope was the team’s second-leading scorer behind Cole Sanford, finishing with 8 goals and 8 assists in 10 regular season games. He led the team in both goals (4) and assists (4) in five tournament games.
2011-12: Pope began his first BCHL season with Cowichan Valley before being obtained by the Westside Warriors in a December trade. He scored 2 goals with 5 assists in 24 games for the Capitals, one of the top teams in the Coastal Conference. Pope flourished in the second half seeing more ice-time with Westside. In 20 games for the Warriors he scored 6 goals with 12 assists and had 19 penalty minutes. Westside missed the BCHL playoffs; finishing sixth in the Interior Division.
2012-13: Pope was the fourth-leading scorer for the Warriors despite missing 14 games due to injury and in December committed to playing college hockey at Nebraska-Omaha in 2014-15. He scored 17 goals with 22 assists and had 20 penalty minutes in 42 games. The Warriors, who re-located from Langley in suburban Vancouver to West Kelowna, finished second behind Penticton in the Interior Division and lost to the Vees in the conference finals. Pope played in 7 of 10 playoff games and scored 4 goals with 1 assist. Ranked 104th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings, he was ranked 67th in the final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.
Possesses a quick, heavy shot that may already be NHL-caliber. Very intelligent offensively, as he understands how to find open areas of the ice. Plays a good two-way game but needs to gain muscle for it to be effective.
Pope will make his NCAA debut in 2014-15 with the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he has four years to develop before Detroit has to make a decision regarding signing him to an entry-level contract.