VANCOUVER - UBC Thunderbirds leading scorer Cole Wilson has been invited to the Washington Capitals Summer Development Camp July 6-12.
The White Rock, B.C. forward just finished his third season with UBC's men's hockey program, leading the Thunderbirds in goals and points for a second straight year. "This is something I wished for growing up," said Wilson. "I'm definitely excited and looking forward to making the best of my opportunity." Wilson was named a Canada West Second Team All-Star in 2013-14 after finishing fourth in the conference with 35 points. He was also second in goals with 18. Over the past two seasons WIlson has racked 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 and night out and possesses arguably one of the hardest shots in the entire CIS." A political science major, Wilson is currently enrolled in three classes this summer and is on schedule to graduate next spring. However, he will have no problem fitting in time for a chance to suit 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 and take it from there. Playing at UBC and in the CIS has allowed me to grow as a player and given me more time to mature. The extra couple of years has definitely helped and now I want to prove I can compete at the highest level." "It is great to see a player who has grown and developed in the Canada 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 the classroom is paying off." The Washington Capitals finished ninth in the Eastern Conference in 2013-14 and are currently searching for a new general manager and head coach. Cole Wilson<http://www.gothunderbirds.ca/roster.aspx?rp_id=2551> 6'2, 210 White Rock, BC Shoots Right UBC Stats GP G A PTS 2013-14 28 18 17 35 2012-13 25 16 8 24 2011-12 10 2 4 6