Former Superior International Junior Hockey League Fort Frances Laker Cole Tymkin will be attending the 2017 National Hockey League Dallas Stars main camp in September 2017. Tymkin impressed the Dallas coaching staff in the spring of 2017 to earn a opportunity to showcase his talents at their main camp along with 61 other players in Cedar Point, Texas beginning September 14th.
The 18 year old Rainy River, Ontario played the 2015 – 2016 SIJHL season with the Lakers where the 6’0” and 190 lbs forward sank 15 goals and added 33 assists in 49 regular season games along with tallying 97 minutes in penalties. In nine post – season match – ups, the Rainy River native added two goals and four contributors for Fort Frances.
In 2015, Tymkin was drafted 91st overall in the fifth round by the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights in the OHL Priority Selection Draft. In 2016 – 2017 with the Knights, Cole sank two goals and registered six helpers in 45 regular season games and accumulating 71 penalty minutes.
Laker coach Wayne Strachan told Junior Hockey Network that “Fort Frances prides itself in our area on being a hockey community. We have a rich tradition of players that have went through our local minor hockey, high school and Junior programs and moved on to reach their goals as hockey players and become good people. Again this proves that our program helps young men grow whether it’s hockey or life and it should prove to area families the Lakers are a good place to start their junior careers. Young players can use Cole as a role model to see what it takes to reach their goals. Many people have given a lot of time and dedicated many hours to help young individuals like Cole grow in life and Fort Frances should be proud of these volunteers that have helped Cole and everyone else throughout the years.”
“Huge opportunity for myself, clearly shows you it doesn’t matter if you get drafted or not that if you work hard and keep playing your game that someone will notice you. It was a surprise getting the invite to the development camp earlier this summer, but I knew I was up for the challenge, I didn’t try to do to much or play out my game, they said they wanted me there for my grit and toughness and i believe that’s what I’ve been showing and why I have been selected to participate and main camp. it’s an honour to skate with regular NHL guys and I am going to have to really step up my game to another level this upcoming week” said Tymkin.