From the start of training camp to 10 weeks into the season there are many ups and downs. Players work their tails off throughout the summer to better themselves. They are in the gym working out and preparing for the upcoming hockey season. Unfortunately, there are injuries and disappointments and sometimes they become one and the same for some players. Cole Nienstedt was a tendered player for the Bozeman Icedogs this season and had an unfortunate accident that has led to his season ending before it even got started.
Cole is a very promising young hockey player with very good speed and a great attitude. He believes in what he is capable of and works very hard toward his goals. He wants to be the best hockey player he can be. He was having a good training camp when his injury happened, off the ice.
Cole and a teammate were riding an ATV behind the arena during training camp and he sustained a broken leg and severely crushed ankle. Cole was laid up from his injury and is still working hard to come back. After several surgeries on his ankle he keeps fighting to get back to some normalcy in his life.
Coach Vichorek had this to say about Cole. “Cole is a great kid and a very hard working player. His attitude toward his development and his team are so well grounded that even though he hasn’t yet made it to Bozeman he will always be a part of the Icedog family.”
Cole is from Leawood, Kansas and was recruited as a speed player and had the potential to move up to the next level with the right instruction and his great work ethic. Cole is working hard to still get to Bozeman to see where he would have been playing. The Icedogs take great pride in their players and their careers.
“We believe when Cole signed his tender and came to camp he became part of the family in this organization and he always will be. We look forward to seeing him and his family coming out and joining his team very soon. If a person with heart and character should drop a ceremonial [puck], then Cole certainly can do that for us any time,” said Vichorek.
As the year progresses and time helps healing Cole Nienstedt will always be in our thoughts and prayers.