Two dreams came true Tuesday for Cole Bruns.
The 5-foot-10, 187-pound Omaha Lancers goalie announced that he has accepted a scholarship offer to play hockey for Army.
Bruns made headlines at the start of the USHL season by posting shutouts in his first five games. Joining the military and being able to play Division I hockey have been long-term goals for the 19-year-old from Prairie Grove, Ill.
“Growing up, I always wanted to join the service, and now that this is set in stone, it's just a really good feeling,” Bruns said. “To be able to serve my country and be a part of something that's bigger than myself is what I've always wanted.”
Lancers coach and General Manager Brian Kaufman helped Bruns secure the offer by contacting the coaches at West Point and letting them know how interested Bruns was in becoming a Cadet.
“I know he's really excited about it and it's well deserved,” Kaufman said. “He put in his time last year, working hard every day, not getting a ton of opportunities, and then this year to come back and have the start he's had, it's impressive.”
Bruns (9-3-1) leads the USHL in wins, shutouts (six), goals-against average (1.77) and save percentage (.934). Bruns is the 13th player on the Lancers' roster to secure a college scholarship.