Erik Cole

Hockey

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The Short List

  • 2006 U.S. Olympic Team member
  • Member of 2005 World Championships team
  • Selected by the Carolina Hurricanes as the 71st overall NHL draft pick in 1998

Did You Know?

  • Played collegiate hockey for Clarkson University, leaving after three seasons to play minor league hockey in Cincinnati
  • • Named to the ECAC First All-Star Team and the NCAA East Second All-American Team after his sophomore year of college
  • Selected by the Carolina Hurricanes as the 71st overall pick in the 1998 NHL entry draft
  • Scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 24, 2001 in a 7-3 win at Minnesota
  • Played for the Berlin Polar Bears during the 2004-05 NHL lockout, being named MVP of the German league playoffs, and leading the Polar Bears to the German Elite League championship
  • Cole and his wife Emily have a daughter named Bella

It's Every Day
Cole currently plays for the Carolina Hurricanes. He is the only member of the Carolina squad who was chosen to represent the United States at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

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On Team USA head coach Peter Laviolette: "Nobody's going to replace Herb Brooks and what he did in 1980 for USA Hockey. But I think that Peter realizes this is his opportunity as a coach. He's had two opportunities as a player. He's grateful for the opportunity and he certainly respects what goes along with representing your country and just what the whole international competition is about."