In many ways the 2017/2018 winter hockey season was a golden one for us at David Cole Hockey as exemplified by former students Dani Cameraneis and Declan Farmer winning gold medals at the Olympic and Paralympic games respectively in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Similarly, the two High School Teams I work with had transformative seasons. The Centennial High School Girl Cougars finished second in the Minnesota AA State Hockey Tournament and the East Ridge Boy Raptors completed their most successful season in school history. Central to these efforts, was the play of the goalies I train at Centennial and East Ridge. Mackenna Stoterau was All Conference and Class AA State All-Tournament, while Mackie Torma and Tommy Ogren were All Conference Honorable Mention.
Here is a select listing of additional 2017/2018 hockey accomplishments by other David Cole Hockey students:
- Alexa Dobchuk, Eden Prairie HS, Ms. Goalie, Class AA All State & Class AA State All-Tournament Team
- Sami Miller, Spring Lake Park High School, Ms. Goalie Finalist, AA All State Honorable Mention & All Conference
- Ava Bailey, Hill Murry School, All State Honorable Mention & All Conference
- Abbey Manlove, Minnetonka High School, All Conference
For the previous three seasons I have worked as the Girls’ Goalie Coordinator for the Minneapolis Storm Youth Hockey Association. This past Season I had the first time privilege of working with Minneapolis Storm boys teams, as well as with the Minnesota Revolution. This team & association work combined with private instruction and volunteer coaching with the DinoMights lead to a rewarding winter season that was truly golden.
Over the course of my career I have been fortunate to play for and work with some of the strongest hockey minds in the United States and Canada. Much of this exposure stemmed from my 11 years working in the NHL as a Director of Fan Development for the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Atlanta Thrashers. Those positions allowed me to learn from great coaches and players in the NHL, the NCAA and USA Hockey. However, my best teachers remain my parents, Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole and the late Dr. Robert E. Cole. Their passion for teaching and learning is present every time I take the ice.
I hope to see you around the rink…