June 3, 2007

Local Red

Kevin Cole (5' 11", 175), a 1991-born forward from Ithaca, NY, has reportedly committed to Cornell for the 2009 or 2010 season. Kevin, who spent this past season with the Syracuse Stars' Junior B program in the Empire JHL, is the first member of the 2009/2010 class. Last season, Kevin led the Stars in scoring with 21 goals and 36 assists in 38 games. Kevin also played very well on special teams for Syracuse, scoring 10 of his goals and adding 22 of his assists on the powerplay and even picking up a goal and assist while short-handed. Kevin was the youngest player to finish in the top-10 in scoring during the Empire JHL's regular season, and was one of only three 1991-born players to be named to the league's All-Star game.

Various scouting reports on Kevin paint a fairly consistent picture as to the type of player he is at this stage of his development, though bear in mind he's still only 16 years old. Kevin's reportedly a quick skater with good top-end speed and a solid two-way player. Kevin displays a great deal of maturity in his game for a young player and is rarely caught out-of-position. Kevin's considered a relentless player who's not afriad to mix it up and displays a fair amount of leadership, especially considering he's been an underaged player.

This is an exciting pickup for Cornell and it'll be enjoyable watching Kevin develop over the next few years. Kevin is the son of Dave and Karen Cole, each of whom played hockey while attending Cornell. Kevin will spend this year playing in the Atlantic JHL with the Binghamton Jr. Senators. Last season Binghamton advanced to the Atlantic JHL's semifinals before losing to the Northern Cyclones, 4-3, in OT.

Welcome to the Big Red, Kevin.

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