Union College’s Cole Maier took the circuitous route to college, to say the least.
The junior forward from Pequannock, N.J., Union’s team captain this season, chose to play junior hockey with the Nanaimo Clippers of the British Columbia Hockey League just before enrolling at school in Schenectady. His one year out west paid dividends, as he tallied 25 goals and 54 points in 58 outings in his lone season with Nanaimo, after he had previously skated for Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey and the Taft School in Connecticut.
"There was one guy in my class (at Taft) that I talked to," said Maier, about playing out in Nanaimo. "He loved it, and I figured it was a great opportunity to see what it was like, and I’m glad I did it."