World Championship Flashback: Erik Cole
more than two dozen former collegians slated to participate in the
2005 IIHF World Championship, our former college hockey heroes will
be trying to make memories on one of the sport's biggest stages.
With that in mind, Inside College Hockey takes this opportunity
to reflect on some of those players' memorable college moments.
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are few college hockey games that can match up to a Clarkson-St.
Lawrence battle for a league championship in Lake Placid. That’s
what ECAC fans saw in 1999 and when Clarkson standout Erik Cole
electrified the 1980 Arena with a second-period goal that tied the
score 2-2. Cole used an inside-out move on St. Lawrence defenseman
Ray DiLauro – the same move that has baffled many NHL blueliners
since then – and roofed a shot over the left shoulder of Eric
Heffler. Clarkson went on to win the game 3-2 and capture the 1999
ECAC regular season and playoff championships.
point to Cole's game-tying goal in the 1999 ECAC Championships against
St. Lawrence as his signature moment, and it likely was. But there
are other things, one on the ice and one off of it, that really
come to my mind when recalling Erik Cole’s Clarkson career.
On the ice,
I remember the assist he got on David Evans' first goal in Clarkson's
loss to Maine in the 1999 NCAA Tournament. Cole burst down the right
wing, stopped behind the net, and fed Evans on the short side. Evans
had a wide open net because most of the Worcester Centrum, including
Alfie Michaud, thought he was going to go for a wrap. Michaud was
still along the left goal post when Evans put it in. Even Shawn
Walsh, the late Maine coach, was impressed with that burst of speed.
memory I have is during the summer before that championship season.
Cole was coming off an impressive freshman year, and in mid-June
I saw him kind of limping to a modified fastpitch softball tournament.
His team was playing after mine on the same field early on a Saturday.
I asked if he was hurt by the way he was walking. He replied, "No,
but the circuit training Rolly (assistant coach Ron Rolston) has
us doing is killing me!"
At that moment,
I realized he was one of those kinds of players. It was
the dead of summer and he did his training before the tournament,
and he turned in his time to get ready. Not that it isn't something
others do, because they do, but sometimes guys with his talent try
to skate by on that talent alone. That showed me he was willing
to take that extra step to get to the next level, and I knew that
he was going to have a big year.
has been the play-by-play announcer for Clarkson Hockey for the
last nine seasons, and is Sports Director at WGIX – Cool 95.3
FM in Ogdensburg, N.Y.
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