Cole with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2017
February 21, 1989|
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
St. Louis Blues
Columbus Blue Jackets
18th overall, 2007|
St. Louis Blues
Ian Douglas Cole (born February 21, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). Cole won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016 and 2017.
Cole joined the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2007 after playing for the U.S. National Team Development Program from 2005 to 2007. Cole played at Notre Dame from the 2007–08 season through the 2009–10 season, Cole finished his collegiate career with 69 points in 111 games at UND. During Cole's stint at Notre Dame the program qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2007, 2008, and 2009, including the school's first Frozen Four appearance in 2008.
St. Louis Blues
Cole was drafted 18th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. At the conclusion of the 2009–10 season, Cole turned pro and signed with the St. Louis Blues and was assigned to the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League, the Blues' top minor league affiliate. Cole made his NHL debut on November 6, 2010 after being recalled from Peoria on November 4. He scored his first NHL goal on March 9, 2011 against Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender, Mathieu Garon.
On June 29, 2015, Cole signed a three-year contract worth $6.3 million to remain in Pittsburgh. In the 2015–16 season, Cole registered 12 assists in 70 games. In the post-season on June 6, 2016, Cole scored his first career playoff goal against Martin Jones of the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
In the 2016–17 season, Cole reached a career high of 26 points with the Penguins, including five goals and 21 assists in 81 regular season games. He appeared in a post-season high 25 games, registering 9 assists in helping Pittsburgh defend the Stanley Cup.
Entering the final season of his contract with the Penguins in 2017–18, on October 7, 2017, Cole blocked a shot from Nashville Predators defenceman Roman Josi and missed the next three games to recover. Cole appeared in 47 games with the Penguins, posting 13 points, before on February 23, 2018, Cole was traded to the Ottawa Senators along with a 2018 first-round pick, a 2019 third-round draft pick, and Filip Gustavsson in exchange for a 2018 third-round draft pick, prospect Vincent Dunn, and Derick Brassard.
Columbus Blue Jackets
On February 26, 2018, before appearing with the Senators, Cole was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Nick Moutrey and a 2020 third-round pick. Cole's addition to Columbus' blueline, led to a charge up the standings and secured a playoff berth. In 20 regular season games, he contributed with 2 goals and 7 points before registering 3 assists in 6 post-season games in a first-round defeat to eventual champions, the Washington Capitals.
As a free agent in the off-season, Cole signed a three-year, $12.75 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche on July 1, 2018.
On February 8, during a 2018–19 regular season game against the Washington Capitals, Cole laid a late hit on Evgeny Kuznetsov resulting in a fight with Tom Wilson. It was determined that Tom Wilson had fractured Cole's orbital bone and he was subsequently placed on Colorado's injured reserve.
Entering his final year under contract with the Avalanche in the pandemic delayed 2020–21 season, Cole played in a third pairing role in the opening two games.
|Men's ice hockey|
|Representing the United States|
|World Junior Championships|
Cole's first international experience came at the 2007 World Junior Championships (WJC) in Sweden. Cole added four goals and an assist in all seven games at the 2007 WJC, helping Team USA to a bronze medal finish. The 2007 WJC marked the most points Cole would score at the event, in 2008 he was held pointless and in his final appearance in the tournament in 2009 he finished with two goals and two assists.
Ian Douglas Cole was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his younger sister, mother Connie, and father Doug. He learned to skate at Yost Ice Arena. He also skated outdoors at Buhr Park and did power skating at Veterans Memorial Ice arena Ann Arbor. Growing up, he played for the Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey Association at the Ice Cube.
In June 2015, he married long time girlfriend Jordan Rockwell.
Regular season and playoffs
|2005–06||U.S. NTDP U17||USDP||18||2||1||3||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||U.S. NTDP U18||USDP||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||U.S. NTDP U18||NAHL||40||2||8||10||75||12||0||3||3||14|
|2006–07||U.S. NTDP U18||USDP||42||6||11||17||37||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||U.S. NTDP U18||NAHL||16||2||7||9||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||University of Notre Dame||CCHA||43||8||12||20||40||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||University of Notre Dame||CCHA||38||6||20||26||58||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||University of Notre Dame||CCHA||30||3||19||22||55||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||St. Louis Blues||NHL||26||1||3||4||35||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||St. Louis Blues||NHL||26||1||5||6||22||2||0||0||0||0|
|2012–13||St. Louis Blues||NHL||15||0||1||1||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||St. Louis Blues||NHL||46||3||8||11||31||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||St. Louis Blues||NHL||54||4||5||9||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|2017–18||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||20||2||5||7||24||6||0||3||3||2|
Awards and achievements
|All-CCHA First Team||2008–09|||
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||2008–09|||
|CCHA All-Tournament Team||2009|||
|Stanley Cup||2016, 2017|||
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- "Penguins Acquire Derick Brassard in Three-Team Trade with OTT and VGK". NHL.com. Pittsburgh Penguins. February 23, 2018. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
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- "Been there, won that". The Athletic. April 21, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
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- "Avalanche's Ian Cole: Winds up on IR". cbssports.com. February 9, 2019. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
- "Wild acquire D Cole from Avalanche". The Sports Network. January 19, 2021. Retrieved January 19, 2021.
- "USA Hockey announces World Junior team". North American Hockey League. January 1, 2007. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
- "Hockey veteran leads USA in World Junior Championship". USAToday. December 25, 2008. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
- "2009 World Junior Championship". USA Hockey. February 15, 2009. Archived from the original on December 22, 2009. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
- Cotsonika, Nicholas J (August 12, 2016). "Ian Cole brings Cup home to Ann Arbor". NHL.com. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
- "All-CCHA Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
- "Ian Cole Named ACHA/Reebok First Team All-American". University of Notre Dame. May 16, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
- "2012–13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved April 23, 2014.
- "Penguins win Stanley Cup, defeat Sharks in Game 6". National Hockey League. June 12, 2016. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
- "Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. June 11, 2017. Retrieved June 11, 2017.