January 6, 2007

Empire Junior B All-Stars

Local products Kevin Cole (Ithaca) and Connor Stokes (Lansing) were selected to the Empire Junior B League's American Conference All-Stars. Cole (5' 10", 160) is a 1991-born forward who is currently 5th in the league in scoring with 17 goals and 29 assists in 25 games. Stokes (6' 0", 185) is also a 1991-born forward and is tied for 11th in scoring with 20 goals and 21 assists in 24 games. Cole and Stokes both play for the Syracuse Stars.

Connor Knapp (Rochester) who left McQuaid High School last year after his sophmore year was named to the National Conference team. Knapp (6' 5", 205) is a 1990-born goalie who is 2nd in the league, allowing 1.71 goals per game and stopping 92.7% of the shots faced. Knapp plays for the Boston Junior Bruins.

The game will be played on January 15th in Hooksett, N.H.


Anonymous said...

It is interesting that Kevin Cole's father, Dave Cole played for Cornell (~1984, he was teamed defensively with Mike Shafer when Shafer was a freshman). Connor Stokes dad, Wayne Stokes, also played for Cornell - I think on the 1970 team. Both fathers live in Ithaca and coached in the Ithaca Youth Hockey Association.

BRP said...

Both players have received some nice reviews this past year. Kevin's reportedly a great student. Haven't heard about Connor's academic background, though I suspect it's also strong. Have to love those ties.

Unknown said...

Wayne Stokes graduated CU in '76. He was a rough-and-tumble defenseman and a crowd favorite.

My brother was in high school when I was at Cornell and he came to a couple of hockey games at Lynah with me. 30 years later, he'll still blurt out, "Hit somebody, Stokes!" when he sees a hockey game on TV.

Karl '77

BRP said...


That's quite an impression Wayne had on your brother. From what I've read Connor's game is bit different. I drove up to Rochester to watch Connor and Kevin Cole play last year but, unfortunately, their game was cancelled that day. Still hoping to see them play this year.