Surrey, B.C. – The Surrey Eagles have made their first move of the off-season after the season was prematurely cut short, and have committed highly skilled forward Cole Galata to the team for the 2020-21 B.C Hockey League Season. The ’02’ forward was a highly sought after commodity, and is a huge boost to an Eagles team which could lose their top 2 scorers next season. Galata is the first player committed this off-season, and fourth committed to next year’s team, following the commitments of Matt Connor, Holden Cardinal, and Alec Saretzky. Galata is 5’10’, 170 pounds and is a right handed shot.
The Newmarket, Ontario native put up massive numbers last year in the CAHS, solidifying himself as one of the top recruits from the league. Galata played in 54 games for St. Andrews College, and scored 32 goals, 69 assists for 101 points. He was the 2nd leading scorer in the league, trailing only his teammate Mark Hillier. Galata also comes to the Eagles with a NCAA commitment, as he’ll be playing for Bentley University in the future.
Galata is very excited to join the team for next season. “I’m really excited. I’ve gotten along really well with coach Cam [Keith] so far, and I really like the style of play the Eagles play with.” Galata also explained why he chose to come to Surrey next season. “I think the number 1 reason is the style of play the Eagles have. I think my style of play reflects perfectly with how they play. My connection with the coach right away was also huge. I really like how he communicated and was involved through the entire process.”
Galata also gave a quick scouting report on himself for Eagles fans who haven’t seen him play. “Something fans can expect is a lot of offensive ability. Being able to score, make plays and feed my teammates. However, also doing whatever it takes to win. Whether that’s block a shot, get the puck out, just whatever it takes to get the win at the end of the night.”
This is a huge win for Cam early in the off-season, and he was happy to share what he thinks Cole will bring to this Eagles team next year. “Cole’s game is very comparable to [Hudson] Schandor’s compete level and the creativity of [Cristophe] Tellier. He will need no time to adjust to Junior Hockey and will make an immediate impact for us offensively.”
Welcome to the flock Cole!