These are the kind of stories that I just love writing.
Cole Wilson, a third year University student and hockey player at Vancouver’s University of British Columbia, has accepted an invite to the Washington Capitals Summer Development Camp that will take place July 6-12.
Not bad for a kid who didn’t take the major junior route.
Wilson has lead the Thunderbirds in scoring this season with 35 points in 28 games. His 6’2 towering frame has not doubt added to the pedigree of his playing. After being named to this year’s Canada West Second All-Star Team, his stock rose even more and definitely caught the eye of the Capitals brass. With the Capitals just hiring famed Barry Trotz as their head coach, Wilson will be put to the test and put through the ups and downs of an NHL camp which will be a bit different from the work he’s doing towards his political science degree.
Hailing from nearby White Rock, British Columbia,
Wilson spent his hockey career between three different junior A leagues, and three different provinces. While suiting up for the Westside Warriors of the British Columbia Hockey League, Wilson notched an impressive 44 points in 60 games. He also excelled on the Warriors limited playoff run.
This is a vital opportunity not only for Wilson but for Canadian Universities in general. It’s showing other players and students that the men in the big leagues are in fact paying attention to your play. Every player scouted and looked at could be an impressive addition to any hockey team even if they didn’t come out of major junior.
Junior A hockey players across the country, keep your head’s up and your play strong. You never know who will be in the stands watching.