D-Man Commits To Storm

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

   The Campbell River Storm Junior Hockey Club is proud to announce the commitment of 1998 born defenseman Cole Slaney for the upcoming 2015-16 season.

   The 5’10”, 165 pound smooth skating blueliner captained his hometown Quesnel Thunder to a Tier 3 Provincial Title last year.  He put up some impressive numbers in the process, scoring 30 goals and adding 55 assists for 85 points in just 54 games.  He also won a Provincial Tier 1 title playing with Prince George the previous season.

   "Cole is a player we identified through the Coquitlam Express (BCHL) spring camp in late April,” commented Storm Head Coach and General Manager Lee Stone, “He continued to impress at our identification camp in Langley and it quickly became clear that Cole was a player we wanted on our club. He skates very well and is very positionally sound. His attitude and work ethic is second to none and we believe with a strong year of development Cole will push to play at the next level."

   Slaney also impressed Storm assistant coach Curtis Toneff, who looks forward to refining the young defenseman’s skill set.

   "Cole has an excellent stick and a great first pass. Look for him to play in all situations for us this season.”

   The Storm will feature a rebuilt defensive corps in the upcoming campaign after losing nearly all their veterans from last year’s championship squad.  Slaney is anxious to prove he belongs.

   “Signing with the Campbell River Storm was an exciting moment. To me it's the next step in my hockey career (and closer) to where I want to be in the future.”

   Slaney hopes to eventually advance to the Junior ‘A’ level and then play collegiate hockey in the NCAA.  He describes himself as a two-way defenseman that always works hard.

   “The thing that excites me most about playing in Campbell River is the fan base and making new lifelong friends.”