Cole Coskey (1999)
6’ 0″ - 185 lbs
Hometown: Zion, IL
Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
By Cory Butzin | email@example.com
November 05, 2015 - SAGINAW, MI — It was late in the game and the Saginaw Spirit seemed destined for a second straight large loss, this one at the hands of Sault Ste. Marie.
That's when Cole Coskey stepped in and stood out.
The rookie forward took a pass from Greg DiTomaso beyond the left face-off circle and unleashed a blast that found its way its way into the back of the net for a power play goal.
It was a memorable moment in that not only did it mark Coskey's first career Ontario Hockey League goal, but it also jumpstarted a five-goal third period for a 6-4 come-from-behind win.
"It was an unreal experience with the boys getting (the monkey) off my back," Coskey said. "Just unreal."
It took 13 games for the Zion, Illinois native to record his first goal in a big-time game. He's known for some time now that it would happen, but the Saginaw Spirit are happy he chose to score it for them.
The 16-year old was selected by the Spirit in the third round of the 2015 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection with no assurances he'd report to the team. Coskey fell to the third round – he was the highest American selected outside the first round – due in large part because he'd given a verbal commitment to play Division I hockey for Miami (Ohio) University.
However, he changed his mind over the summer committing to Saginaw and signing an Ontario Hockey League education package with the Spirit.
"I just thought it was the best path for me," he said. "My family supported me; everyone supported me. ... I thought it was the best shot I could get."
A 6-foot, 185-pound wing, Coskey is a smooth skater with skill who has shown an equal commitment to the defensive side of the game as the offensive. He said he tries to style is game mostly after Pittsburgh Penguins All-Star Evgeni Malkin.
"He's starting to come on; he's still got a lot of things to learn," Saginaw coach Greg Gilbert said. "(But) he's a very high-skilled young man."
Coskey recorded his first point in just his second OHL game against Flint, and he added another against Erie when the Spirit handed the Otters their first regulation loss of the season.
He's missed a few games with a minor injury, but he's tallied a goal and two assists with a minus-1 rating in 13 games improving on a daily basis playing on a line with veterans Matthew Kreis and Jesse Barwell.
"He's working hard doing the little things," Gilbert said. "He's finishing checks; he's working hard defensively. He's trying to do what we're teaching him, and he's grasping it more as we go down the road here.
"He's got the makings of a good hockey player if he continues to grow in the right direction."
See Cole Coskey First OHL Goal