Minot forward Hanson makes NCAA D1 commitment
November 11, 2019
The Minot Minotauros of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are proud to announce that forward Cole Hanson has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for the United States Air Force Academy, a member of Atlantic Hockey.
Through 13 games this season Hanson, 19, has posted one goal and four assists. The 5’10/176 lbs. native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, will eventually be teammates with former Tauro Keenan Lund at Air Force.
“The education at Air Force is one of the best in the entire country, the rink and facilities are top notch and the coaching staff [HC – Frank Serratore, AHCs Andy Berg and Joe Doyle] is great. Not only are they great coaches but they are good people as well,” said Hanson.
As for the top-notch education available to him, Hanson says he intends to study business at the Air Force Academy, which boasts one of the most prestigious undergraduate management and business degrees in the county. In addition, Air Force has the most NAHL graduates on their roster of any team in NCAA Division 1 hockey.
“Being a Tauro and playing in the NAHL has given me a ton of exposure and has also made me a better player as well,” continued Hanson. “I would like to thank my parents, coaches from the past, and my teammates.”
Minotauros Head Coach and General Manager Marty Murray stated, “Cole has a great skill set and his hockey IQ is very high. He’s played a big role for us as a first year player and I’m excited to see him continue to grow as the season moves forward.”
Hanson was quick to credit Murray and Tauros Assistant Coach Shane Wagner for his development this season, he also added a thank you to Chris Lonke for recruiting him to Minot.