CHARLOTTETOWN – Former Amherst Ramblers’ forward Cole MacMillan will wear the green and white of his hometown university in the fall.
MacMillan, picked up by the Ramblers at the trading deadline from the Summerside Western Capitals, has committed to play soccer and hockey with the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to play both hockey and soccer at UPEI, and also fortunate to play here on the Island. Both are great programs with lots of Island support, and I’m just looking to earn my spot, and hopefully help improve both programs and keep them moving in the right direction,” said MacMillan. “It will be a very busy next few years, but I’m looking forward to the challenges it’s going to bring.”
MacMillan scored 10 goals and added 18 assists for 28 points in 25 games with the Ramblers. He had four goals and an assist for Amherst in the playoffs.
He also played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with both the Moncton Wildcats and Chicoutimi Sagueens.
“Cole has the rare ability to make an impact as a two-sport athlete at UPEI. As far as hockey is concerned, he will bring a physical play and work ethic that will make our team harder to play against,” Hockey Panthers’ coach Forbie MacPherson said. “He plays a style of hockey that makes it extremely uncomfortable for opponents, while also providing opportunities for him offensively.”
Ramblers coach Jim Bottomley said MacMillan will excel at the university level.
“He is a university type player. The Atlantic conference is attracting more players with major junior and East Coast Hockey League experience. I believe Cole will fit in there very well,” said Bottomley, who called MacMillan an impact player when the Ramblers sent the rights to Wes Herrett to Summerside for him. “He’s the type of player who brings it every night.”
MacMillan is presently playing soccer with the PEIFC team that plays in the P.E.I. and New Brunswick Premier Leagues.
He is the son former NHLer Bob MacMillan and nephew of Bill MacMillan. His oldest brother, Logan, was a first-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and plays with the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL.
While MacMillan is heading for UPEI, goalie Kody Blois is going to Brock University to play for the Badgers.
“Nothing is just given, I have to work hard and hope for the best,” the Belnan native told hockeyscene.com. “I think they will have a very good goaltender already so we will push each other. I’ll have to earn the right to play there and I’m ready for the challenge.”
Blois missed considerable time last season after sustaining a serious knee injury in December. He returned for the playoffs and combined with Richard Tingley to take the Ramblers to the seventh game of the Bent final against Yarmouth.
Bottomely said Blois will be a solid addition for Brock University.
“I think a lot of teams were a little hesitant because of the injury, but seeing the way be battled back and the leadership he showed in the dressing room and on the ice makes me very confident he’ll do fine,” Bottomley said.