By Dan Elliott, UBC Manager, Media Relations / Photocredit Rich Lam
VANCOUVER – UBC Thunderbirds leading scorer Cole Wilson has beeninvited to the Washington Capitals Summer Development Camp July6-12. The White Rock, B.C. forward just finished his third seasonwith UBC’s men’s hockey program, leading the Thunderbirds in goalsand points for a second straight year.
“This is something I wished for growing up,” said Wilson. “I’mdefinitely excited and looking forward to making the best of myopportunity.”
Wilson was named a Canada West Second Team All-Star in 2013-14after finishing fourth in the conference with 35 points. He wasalso second in goals with 18. Over the past two seasons WIlson hasracked up 34 goals and 59 points in 53 games.
“Cole is the type of player that skates well with a big frame,”said UBC head coach Tyler Kuntz. “He competes hard night in andnight out and possesses arguably one of the hardest shots in theentire CIS.”
A political science major, Wilson is currently enrolled in threeclasses this summer and is on schedule to graduate next spring.However, he will have no problem fitting in time for a chance tosuit up with the Capitals this July.
“Now it is just a matter of putting in the work,” said Wilson.”Keep it simple and go into camp in the best possible shape andtake it from there. Playing at UBC and in the CIS has allowed me togrow as a player and given me more time to mature. The extra coupleof years has definitely helped and now I want to prove I cancompete at the highest level.”
“It is great to see a player who has grown and developed in theCanada West and CIS to get this type of chance with a NHL club,”said Kuntz. “Cole’s hard work in the gym, on the ice, and in theclassroom is paying off.”
The Washington Capitals finished ninth in the Eastern Conferencein 2013-14 and are currently searching for a new general managerand head coach.
White Rock, BC
UBC Stats GP G A PTS
2013-14 28 18 17 35
2012-13 25 16 8 24
2011-12 10 2 4 6