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 in his second BCHL season 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 and selected by Detroit in the fourth round (109th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.
2013-14: Pope returned to the West Kelowna Warriors for his third BCHL season. He led the Warriors with 27 goals and had 23 assists with 20 penalty minutes in 45 regular season games. West Kelowna finished second behind Penticton in the Interior Division and fell to third-place Vernon in a first-round playoff series. Pope scored 2 goals with 4 assists and 2 penalty minutes in six playoff games.
2014-15: Pope skated in 33 games for Nebraska-Omaha as a freshman. Playing mostly a third line role for the Mavericks, he scored 8 goals with 6 assists and was +3 with 6 penalty minutes. Nebraska-Omaha finished third in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in the regular season, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after falling to St. Cloud State in the NCHC quarterfinals. The Mavericks defeated Harvard, 4-1, in the Midwest regional semifinals and shutout RIT, 4-0, to reach the Frozen Four. Pope scored a goal with an assist in the championship game against RIT. The Mavericks lost to eventual national champion Providence College, 4-1, in the Frozen Four semifinals.
2015-16: Pope skated in 31 of 35 games for the University of Nebraska-Omaha in his sophomore season. He scored 4 goals with 4 assists and was -2 with 8 penalty minutes. The Mavericks finished sixth in the NCHC and were swept by third-place Denver in the conference quarterfinals.
Pope has a quick, heavy shot that may already be NHL-caliber. He is very intelligent offensively and understands how to find open areas of the ice. Pope plays a good two-way game but needs to gain muscle for it to be effective.
Pope struggled to find a larger role for Nebraska-Omaha in his sophomore season in 2015-16. After scoring eight goals as a freshman when the Mavericks, he saw his production slip as UN-O battled to stay above .500. Pope will look to bounce back in his junior season and will need to make strides if he is to one day earn an entry-level contract with Detroit.