Dallas Stars forward Erik Cole discusses his time in the USHL during the 1996-97 season with the Des Moines Buccaneers and how that experience helped him get to where he is today.
After a successful season with the Bucs, he went on to a collegiate career at Clarkson University. He was drafted in 1998 by the Carolina Hurricanes and would be part of their Stanley Cup championship team in 2006. Five times during his NHL career he has scored at least 20 goals, including a career high 35 during the 2011-12 season with the Montreal Canadiens.
He has also represented the United States internationally, chosen for the 2006 Winter Olympics and playing in the 2007 World Championship. The 35-year-old Oswego, New York native is now playing his second season with the Dallas Stars.
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Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14. A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive). Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).
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