Ian Cole is a self-described analytical person, so it's no wonder he can break down any hockey play in detail. And not just his own duties on the ice, but he knows where the other skaters are and how they factor in on any given play.
His immense hockey knowledge comes from his experience both on the ice and from watching the game, and his intellectual awareness of the sport has helped him play more than 400 games in the NHL.
"The quicker I get [the puck] off my tape and get it to somebody in space, the better off I am," says Cole. "The longer I hold on to it--I've noticed over 10 years now it doesn't work out as well as if I got rid of it much quicker."
Cole is in his first season with the Colorado Avalanche after signing a three-year contract with the club as a free agent in the offseason and is bringing a veteran and defensive-minded presence to the Avs' blue line. He entered 2018-19 with eight previous seasons of NHL experience and has celebrated two Stanley Cup championships, both with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017.
"Every single person invited to a Cup Party, comes to a Cup Party," Cole says. "It is not like 20 percent won't come. Every single person comes to a Cup Party, and they want to bring their friend and grandma and aunt from Toronto who is a huge hockey fan."
The Ann Arbor, Michigan, native joins the Avs Cast to talk about his day with the Stanley Cup, his time at the U.S. National Team Development Program and University of Notre Dame, his eating habits and the details of the game.
He also abides by the No. 1 rule of podcasts: "Can't lie to the podcast."
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