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Athlete of the Week: Cole Caufield

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"He's a special player, he always has been," SPASH hockey coach Brandon Busse says of his star player. "It's good to have a guy like that on your team"

When it comes to scoring out on the ice, Panther Cole Caufield is as dynamic as they come.
    
"Last year he lead the Wisconsin Valley Conference in points as a freshman," Busse said. "That's something that doesn't happen that often"

And last year's points leader is en route to an encore peformance this season, already leading the valley with 24 points through just 6 games...  
    
"I mean, everything's just clicking, our lines playing really well," Caufield said. "I just like making plays, making my teammates look better... And scoring goals."

And Caufield's knack for the net has commanded not only the respect of opposing defenses, but of his teammates as well. On a squad with 11 seniors, caufield's a captain as a sophmore

"You can't teach his knowledge of the game, his work eithic," Busse said. "Just an overall great leader in the locker room."

"The guys look up to me," Caufield said. "I just try to do the right things and be good on leader on the ice." 
     
Having already committed to play at the next level with Division Ohio State -- alongside his older brother, Brock -- there's a good chance junior hockey is coming for Caufield more sooner than later; in the meantime, the aspirations are high for him and the Panthers.

"I'd just like for, as team, for us to make it to State," Caufield said. "I mean,  just winning a game every night is pretty big for us this year." 

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