Friday, August 1, 2014

Adolph pleased that Cooke commits to Huskies

Dave Adolph in action.
University of Saskatchewan Huskies head coach Dave Adolph didn't aggressively recruit Kelowna Rockets goaltender Jordon Cooke.

It appears that laid back approach paid off.

The U of S men's hockey program reeled in a big fish this summer from the list of graduating players from the Western Hockey League when the 21 year-old Leduc Alberta product committed for the upcoming CIS season.

Adolph says Cooke should be a good fit with his team.

"We have a guy who is going into his fifth year, Ryan Holfeld, who I think is one of the best goalies in the Canadian University league but he graduates this year. He is in the college of law.  We were looking for someone else to come in and be a one 'A' and then take over everything for the next three or four years."

Adolph says the University of Saskatchewan has a lot to offer outside of the game of hockey.

"We have a great business school. That is what he would like to do. One of his goals, he told me, was to secure four years of post secondary education if hockey didn't work out. We had a spot for him. I don't think he wanted to go to the big money and live in Atlantic Canada. That is a long, long way away."

The last Kelowna Rockets alumni to wear Huskies colours was defenceman Zach Stebner, who completed his three year business degree.


g.k said...

Regan how can the CHL goaltender of the year not get an NHL contract? If indeed Cooke is the best junior goaltender in Canada what could it be that would be holding him back, his size possibly? I don't get it!!

Regan Bartel said...

Size is a factor and teams are more apt to give their drafted prospects a shot. May not be fair but its the truth.