Superior International Junior Hockey League Fort Frances Laker Cole Tymkin has been invite to joine six 2017 Dallas Stars National Hockey League Draft selections that includes 19 forwards, 11 defenseman and four goaltenders from July 7th to July 11th in Frisco, Texas at their 2017 rookie Development Camp.
The 18 year old Rainy River, Ontario native was drafted in 2015 with the 91st overall selection in the fifth round by the Ontario Hockey League London Knights. During the 2016 – 2017 season, the 6’0” and 190 lbs forward sunk two goals and had six assists in 45 regular season games while tallying 71 minutes in penalties with the Knights. Tymkin saw action in three west division quarter final post – season games in London’s post – season series against the eventual 2017 Memorial Cup winners the Windsor Spitfires.
In 59 games with the Lakers in 2015 – 2016, the Rainy River native scored seven goals and contributed 37 helpers for Fort Frances. In 59 games, Cole accumulated 111 penalty minutes while wearing a Laker jersey in 2015 – 2016 as a 17 year old. Five goals found the back of the opponents net on Fort Frances power plays.
From his hotel in Frisco, Tymkin told the Junior Hockey Network that “it is certainly a honour to be invited, I think this camp is set in place for us to learn and soak up as much as we can to become pro players and I feel like I have been trying to achieve that every time I go to the rink through out the week here. It’s a huge opportunity for me going into the upcoming season knowing the stars will be keeping a eye on me. It was neat meeting players from all over the world that are attending the camp, hung out with guys that I played against last season and was cool to hear about there hockey clubs.”
Fort Frances coach Wayne Strachan told us that “Cole is a player that can do a bit of everything. A player that has good skill and can compliment top line guys or a guy who can play a hardnosed game and crash and bang. The biggest thing about Cole is he goes to the dirty areas of the ice something not everyone as a player is willing to do. He is a good teammate a guy right from the players to the staff enjoy being around and having on your team.”
“I believe it proves we are developing quality players and the league is working hard to build its reputation. We put out numerous players to higher leagues and I don’t believe we get the credit we deserve. This shows our teams are dedicated to the development of the players and helping them reach their goals as individuals and hockey players” said Strachan.