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Blog: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Cotton, Kodak Battle Each Other in WHL Debuts!

The Yale Hockey Academy could not have asked for a better way to start 2018 than by watching two of our Midget Prep players make their WHL debut.  What made it extra memorable is that they did it against each other!

Defenceman Alex Cotton, a prospect with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, and forward Holden Kodak, a prospect with Kootenay Ice, left their Yale jerseys at home to do battle in southern Alberta for their affiliate clubs on Tuesday.  It was a special night for the players and Academy.

In a video posted on the Ice’s Twitter account before the start of the game, Kodak admitted to feeling a bit nervous but also said he was very excited and planned to just play his game.  The team also razzed him with the classic lone skate-around, before joining him for warm up.

Alex Cotton made his debut for the Canes after helping out last week with the team’s “Train Like a Hurricane” contest for young hockey players.  In tonight’s game, he finished with a plus-one rating and one shot on goal.

As for who won the game, we will tell you that on a night like tonight it doesn’t really matter.  But Alex may say otherwise.

Proud of our players, proud of our team!  Congratulations Alex and Holden!

ALEX COTTON IS IN HIS THIRD YEAR WITH THE YALE HOCKEY ACADEMY.  HIS 36 POINTS IN 24 GAMES LEADS THE CSSHL MIDGET PREP DIVISION AMONG DEFENCEMEN AND IS TIED FOR 10TH BEST AMONG ALL SKATERS.  ON OCTOBER 20, COTTON HAD A SEASON-HIGH EIGHT-POINT GAME VERSUS THE PACIFIC COAST HOCKEY ACADEMY.

HOLDEN KODAK IS IN HIS THIRD YEAR WITH THE YALE HOCKEY ACADEMY.  HE IS THE SCORING LEADER IN THE CSSHL MIDGET PREP DIVISION WITH 36 GOALS AND 60 POINTS IN 26 GAMES.  KODAK HAS RECORDED SIX HAT TRICKS THIS SEASON INCLUDING ONE FOUR-GOAL GAME ON NOVEMBER 10 VERSUS WEST VANCOUVER.