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. For the 2016/2017 season I am privately training players across Minnesota, while serving as the goalie coach for the East Ridge boys and Academy of Holy Angels girls High School teams. Additionally, I remain the goalie coordinator for the Minneapolis Storm Youth Hockey Association.
Last July, following evaluations at Girls Tier l Nationals, The MN 16/17 Girls Spring Festival and Minnesota Girls HP 15 Summer Camp, I returned to St. Cloud for USA Hockey Girls U15 National Camp. This marked the 10th summer that I have worked at USA Hockey National Camps, five on the boys’ side and five on the girls’ side. Since moving to Minnesota in 2009, six goaltenders that I have trained in the “State of Hockey” have competed at USA Hockey National Camps. They are: Bre Blesi, Alexa Dobchuk, Catherine Johnson, Elizabeth Kubicek, Sami Miller and Syd Scobee. Additionally, five students; John Hallas (St. Lawrence), Catherine Johnson (Minnesota Duluth), Chris Kamal (Alaska Anchorage), Kevin Murdock (Lake Superior State and University of Minnesota Mankato) and Syd Scobee (Vermont); have gone on to play Division l college hockey, while Bre Blesi just committed to play an University of Wisconsin.
In August 2016, for the fifth summer, I lead the 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…