Coach Doug started his hockey journey growing up in Penticton and moving on to play 81 games for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Falcons.
Despite his small stature, he was a four year All Conference goaltender and was selected to the 1983 All American Second Team after winning the 1983 NAIA National Ice Hockey Championship.
Cole went on to sign and have a solid first year in West Germany in 1985-86 but unfortunately an off-season training knee injury ending his playing days.
Returning to finish his University Degree, he jumped into coaching as the volunteer assistant for the University of Wisconsin Falcon Men’s Team in 1987 before graduating and moving back home.
Once back in BC, he worked as an assistant coach with the BC Best Ever Program, Penticton Knights, New West Royals & Burnaby Bull Dogs of the BCJHL (BCHL) before accepting a position with the Vancouver Canucks as a Video Coach from 1993 – 1999. He considers himself very fortunate to have worked with Pat Quinn, Tom Renney and even Mike Keenan.
As an early adopter of technology for Coaching, Doug was immediately recruited to work with Avid Sports helping to design VEGA (Video Enhanced Game Analysis), the first hockey specific coaching software tools used in the NHL, Major Junior and the NCAA and continues to consult with Catapult to this day.
“It is our plan to utilize the video coaching technology to help develop our players & I couldn’t be more excited to work with Coach Goble, Coach Vial & General Manager Jack Goeson and this storied franchise!” – Doug Cole