A trying year for his team did not hinder Max Cole’s determination to show everything he could do, every time he hit the ice, for the NCDC’s Rochester Monarchs.
In the end, Cole accomplished his mission of earning an NCAA Division III commitment, as the ‘99 from Hudson, Ohio, will move on to Salem State University in Massachusetts next season.
“I chose Salem State because of its business school, urban setting, and proximity to Boston, as well as having a very young roster and the chance to play four years for Coach [William] O'Neill,” said Cole. “I started talking to them at the beginning of the year. We kept in touch and I met with them whenever we played in Boston.”
Cole returned to the USPHL after excelling in 2017-18 with the Islanders Hockey Club’s former USPHL Elite team. He scored 65 points in 39 games that season, before spending his 2018-19 season with a Canadian Jr. A team.
With Rochester, he posted four goals and nine points in 42 games, but on the struggling Monarchs, there was only one player who crossed the 20-point mark. Cole commented on the immense challenge posed by playing in the NCDC that got him ready for the NCAA game - and the footprint put him in a great spot to be viewed by Salem State.
“The level of play and the proximity to all the schools in the Northeast is the reason I chose the NCDC for my final season of junior hockey,” said Cole.
The USPHL congratulates Max Cole, his family, and Salem State University for his college commitment, and wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavors on and off the ice.