At Cole Hockey Systems we deliver individual and team training sessions that are creative, challenging and fun. We work with girls and boys of all abilities to maximize their development as goaltenders, defensemen and forwards. During winter 2016 season I worked privately with players across the Twin Cities, while serving as the girl goalie coordinator for the Minneapolis Storm, lead instructor for the Intro Mite and Rookie Programs at the National Sports Center and the goalie coach for Minneapolis High School & the St. Paul Blades.
This July, following evaluations at Girls Tier l Nationals, The MN 16/17 Girls Spring Festival, Minnesota Girls HP 15 Summer Camp, I return to St. Cloud for USA Hockey Girls U15 National Camp. This marks the 10th summer that I have worked at USA Hockey National Camps, 5 on the boys’ side and 5 on the girls’ side. Over that time, seven goaltenders that I have trained competed at USA Hockey National Camps. They are: Bre Blesi, Alexa Dobchuk, John Hallas, Catherine Johnson, Elizabeth Kubicek, Sami Miller and Syd Scobee. Additionally, three former students; John Hallas (St. Lawrence), Chris Kamal (Alaska Anchorage) and Kevin Murdock (Lake Superior State and University of Minnesota Mankato); went on to play Division l.
In August, for the fifth summer, I shall lead U8 division of the Wes Walz Hockey School at Schwan Super Rink & Bielenberg Sports Center in Woodbury.
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…