OTTAWA – Owen Cole, an 18 year old forward from Dunnville, Ontario, will join the Ottawa Jr. Senators for the upcoming season. A player who can play all three forward positions, Cole has some good offensive numbers last season for the Ridley College Tigers, but it was really the way he plays the game that caught the eye of several teams in the CCHL, including Ottawa’s Associate Coach, Jamie Mayo, who watched him play several times last season.
“He plays the right way. He doesn’t cheat, and he competes in all three zones. That’s the type of player we want to add to our organization. He’s also a good person, and again, that’s something we’re looking for in the players that we sign.”
During the spring, Cole had a few options on the table for next season, but at the end of the day, he decided to give it a shot in Ottawa.
“I chose to play for Ottawa because of the interest that was expressed by Associate Coach Jamie Mayo, and because of the great success the team had last year winning the Bogart Cup, the Fred Page Cup and competing in the RBC Cup.”
The product of the Southern Tier Admirals minor hockey organization knows it won’t be an easy transition to Junior A hockey, but Cole is also aware of the areas in his game that the staff will appreciate..
“I will bring a solid two-way game to the team, and a lot of character in the dressing room. I have a strong desire to win and an excellent work ethic.”
For now, Cole will focus on helping the Jr. Sens defend their CCHL title, but in the long term, his plan is to play Division I hockey in the United States.
“Short term, my goal is to solidify my role on the Junior Sens as a two-way centre that can be trusted to play in all situations. Long term, I would love to help the team get back to the RBC Cup, and win it. Before my junior hockey career is over, my goal is to earn a scholarship to play NCAA Division I hockey.”