By Erica Whyte (Posted May 14, 2019)
The 2018-19 season served as a career-year for 23-year-old forward Eric Cornel, who just finished his third campaign with the Rochester Americans.
“In the regular season, we did a lot of good things. Personally, I think I took some pretty good steps and played some good hockey,” reflected the Kemptville, Ontario native.
With 22 points (9+13) in 76 games, Cornel, who was the only Amerk to dress for every game this past season, was one of eight players in the entire American Hockey League to appear in all his club’s contests.
When asked about his accomplishments, the 6-foot-2, 198-pound forward insisted that what stood out most about this year was the hard work and diligence of the team as a whole.
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“A 99-point regular-season is pretty good. We had a lot of guys with individual success, as well as a lot of team success. It was a really good group and we had a pretty good season.”
The positivity and work ethic of the coaching staff helped contribute to a good regular season.
“Everybody worked hard,” said Cornel. “We all got along off the ice, and I think it starts from the coaches down to the players. The coaches really brought a positive atmosphere to the rink, and it is contagious. It makes you play better and that’s what made it fun coming to the rink every day.”
As for his off-season plans, Cornel is looking to focus on improving himself as he is slated to become a restricted free agent this summer.
“For me, I always try to get a bit stronger and work on my skating.”