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With a rich military history in his family, Victoria Grizzlies defenceman Cole Noble is looking to continue that tradition as he announced his commitment to play for the Royal Military College (RMC) Paladins in the 2019-20 season.
Noble’s two great-grandfathers, one of his grandfathers and three great-uncles were all a part of the Canadian military, which made choosing RMC an easy decision for the 20-year-old. Noble himself has aspirations to be a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, so getting this type of education and also being able to continue his hockey career made the school the perfect fit.
The Cochrane, Alta. native spent the last two seasons in Victoria, playing in 99 regular-season games and contributing 16 points. He also played in 27 playoff games as the Grizzlies made it to the Island Division final last year and the league semis this season.
Before heading to Victoria, Noble played in the Alberta Junior Hockey League for two seasons for the Canmore Eagles.
RMC is located in Kingston, Ont. and was founded in 1874. Their hockey team is a USports program playing out of the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East conference along with Carleton, Concordia, Laurentian, McGill, Nipissing, Ontario Tech, Ottawa, Quebec-Trois Rivières and Queen’s.
Last year’s Paladins roster featured former West Kelowna Warriors forward Bennett Huber, Vernon Vipers alum Riley Brandt, Coquitlam Express grad Mathew Michie and former Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Rhett Willcox.
Noble joins teammate Kurtis Chapman and Penticton Vees forward Brendan Harrogate as the only current BCHL players committed to a USports program.