50 Players, 50 Days: Cole Walter
April 23, 2020
During the current and unforeseen cancelation of the 2019-20 season, the players in the NA3HL saw their seasons cut prematurely short. In some cases, players saw their junior hockey careers come to an end as well. However, the NA3HL got together a decided to highlight some of those players, who were born in 1999 and were in their final season of playing junior hockey.
As a result, we present a new series entitled: 50 players, 50 days
50 players in 50 days will select 50 players from each of the 34 NAHL teams this past season that were born in 1999, who are currently uncommitted, and deserve some recognition during their time spent playing and developing in the NA3HL. Over the course of the next 50 days, we will take time out to look at their accomplishments, review their season, and provide some background on their NA3HL careers. Players will be initially highlighted in alphabetical order by team. Enjoy!
Cole Walter, Goaltender, Peoria Mustangs
Peoria Mustangs goaltender Cole Walter, 20, made his first season of Junior hockey a memorable one, as he earned a call-up to the NAHL and an NA3HL Top Prospects bid thanks to consistency between the Peoria pipes.
Entering his first season with the Mustangs, the 6-foot-0, 165-pound native of Rochester, MN split time in the crease with fellow netminder Jaden Gardner, but still held his own after adjusting to life at the Junior level. After a 3-7-1 start, Walter rebounded in December with a 5-0-1 run into February that saw him earn a call-up to the Springfield Jr. Blues of the NAHL for a pair of games as well as a trip to Attleboro, MA with the Central Division Top Prospects team. On the season, Walter posted a .888 save percentage, 2.80 GAA and two shutouts en route to a 10-10-3 record.
Walter came to the NA3HL as a product of Minnesota High School hockey, playing three years with Rochester Century High from 2014-17. From there, he joined the Omaha AAA Lancers 18U for one season, then jumped to Chicago Fury 18U for another, before settling into juniors.