“Playing hockey is not like going to the moon.” Joël Bouchard used his always so colorful language to provide this comparison to describe Cole Caufield’s unique and rare talents.
“I can never ask for better,” Caulfield said. It was a beautiful night. I am still learning, but I know what will happen in the first game. When you work hard on your own territory, you will eventually have the opportunity to launch an attack. I also played with two good players (Weal and Veilleux). “
In the second stage, the number 44 scored a goal in his image. After Jordan Weal’s precise pass, he defeated Joseph Woll with great speed and posted him near the circle to the left of the power play. In the third shot of the game, he scored his first professional goal.
Before the mid-term was over, Caulfield added his first assist to Rockets captain Xavier Ouellet’s goal. In the third quarter, he continued to maintain his momentum, scoring surprises in his return, this was his second game. A beautiful goal. And a successful goal.
After the game, Bouchard said: “Cole is talented, he is talented.” This is a mark. It was interesting to see him score in his debut. We have the right to be happy for him. But Cole’s performance is not unique to the individual. “
Disgustingly, the Americans were not disappointed in his early days. He has an instinct for the opponent’s net. A quality that cannot be taught. But at 5 to 5, the 5’7” winger was still ahead of him. For Marlies’ first goal, Kalle Kossila defeated Caufield and Weal before defeating Charlie Lindgren.
In a few years, Caulfield will tell his relatives the story of his first game against a professional player. He can also say that in the hours before this meeting, he had learned that he had just won the Hobey-Baker trophy awarded to the NCAA Player of the Year.
It has been written in the sky. But we are waiting for confirmation. On the eve of the four-man final between the University of Massachusetts and St. Cloud, NCAA officials announced the winners of the Hobby Baker Trophy.
Caulfield won the votes of forward Sean Pinto (a second-round pick in the 2019 Senator, who played in North Dakota) and Minnesota State University goalkeeper Drieden McKay.
In his second season with the Wisconsin Bad team, Caulfield defeated the NCAA with 30 goals and 52 points in 31 games.
Steven Points of Wisconsin carved his name on the most prestigious NCAA trophy and reunited with a group of prestigious past recipients. Johnny Gaudreau (2013-2014), Jack Eichel (2014-2015) and Cale Makar (2018-2019) have received this honor.
If the names of Eichel and Makar can impress people’s imagination, then there are also some former winners who did not have a glorious career in the NHL. We can think of Drew Leblanc, Jack Connolly, Andy Miele or Blake Geoffrion, these are the four winners before Gaudreau in 2014.