River Hawks Net Star from Canada
LOWELL -- Central Canada Hockey League’s leading scorer has committed to UMass Lowell.
It was a nice New Year’s Day present for Norm Bazin and his staff as Owen Cole, 18, selected the River Hawks.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound forward for the Ottawa Jr. Senators has compiled 16 goals and 27 assists in 33 games.
His 43 points tie him for first in the CCHL in scoring and he’s played seven fewer games than the player he’s tied for the top spot with.
He leads the league in points per game.
Cole, a native of Dunnville, Ontario, recently represented Canada East at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge.
Cole notched a hat trick and an assist during his second to last game prior to the Christmas break for the Senators. Cole is considered a strong skater with excellent work habits.
He’s expected to become a River Hawk for the 2020-21 season.
In a statement released by Ottawa, Senators head coach Martin Dagenais said, “As a staff, we’re extremely happy for Owen. He is a dedicated young man who pushes himself every day to be better so we’re not surprised by all the attention he’s been getting lately. He’s the real deal.”
Prior to joining the Senators, Cole played two seasons at a Canadian prep school, the same program which produced current UML sophomore forward Charlie Levesque.
-- BARRY SCANLON