Cole Slaney

Nickname: Slanes 91
Salmon Arm, BC
Favorite Food:
Steak / Ribs
Career Goals:
Real Estate
Hockey Goals:
Win Cyclone Cup in Campbell River


When fans picture Cole Slaney, they usually picture the defenceman sweeping across to break up an odd man rush or blocking a shot. “Defense is always first, you’ve got to take pride in your own zone.”

Cole is in his second year with the Campbell River Storm and his game has certainly evolved. More and more you’re seeing him move the puck. “I’m taking on more of a leadership role, I’ve been leading a power play (unit) and getting more offensive chances. I’ve been moving up in the plays, which has helped out and I’m getting the results I’m looking for.”

Uncle Slanes, as his teammates call him, is a product of the Quesnel Minor Hockey system and, like many players, says his father had the greatest influence on his play, having coached him most of his years in the North Cariboo.

Minor Hockey was good to #22, “We won 2 back to back provincial championships in Bantam and 2 back to back Silvers in Midget.” During his first year of Midget he played in Prince George for the AAA Cougars; that’s where he met current teammates Mateo Albinati and Mitchell Williams.

After an incredible Storm training camp in August, he set off to a few Junior A camps and almost stuck in the AJHL. “It was close, it was pretty bitter to be the last cut in Olds, but right away I got an affiliation with Alberni Valley and we have a good bond.” The Grizzlys loss is the Storm and Bulldogs gain.

In his first game back from Alberta, he found the back of the net in Nanaimo against the Bucs.

This year Cole has set some goals for himself, “I want to produce more points and be a line match guy, someone who’s very reliable on the back end night in night out and be a great team guy.”

Next season, he’s determined to make the jump to the BCHL and when his junior hockey days are done move on to a good university program. After hockey, Cole would like to study Law and Psychology.

If that doesn’t work out for him though, word has it that he could pursue a career in the theatre. When asked, Cole laughingly admitted that he took Musical Theatre in Middle School and took the lead role in a few plays including ‘Grease’. From what we hear he was pretty good.

Cole Slaney now makes his off-season home in Salmon Arm.