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Juneau-Douglas senior Cole Carnahan is a left defenseman for the Crimson Bears hockey team and an avid skier in his free time. Carnahan, a Wisconsin native and four-year starter on the hockey team, says his favorite part about playing hockey is the "reliance you have to have on your teammates" and the "cool bonds" it creates. But the hardest part has been maintaining a cool head on the ice while keeping his aggressive, hard hitting style of play in check.
How do you spend your time when you're not playing hockey?
"During the winter, it's skiing for sure. I also like to play tennis, but just recreationally now. In skiing, you can seriously be all alone, off by yourself and having a great time. It's completely self reliant and I really like that. Skiing is just the most fun I have, and we have a great location to do it."
What are your plans for next year?
"I'm looking at a whole mess of colleges right now, but I'm still in the application process. I'm not quite sure where I want to end up, but hopefully it's somewhere that has skiing. I'm looking almost exclusively on the West Coast: Washington, Oregon, Montana, Nevada and California, mostly."
What do you think you might want to study in college?
"I'd like to do something related to literature. It's been something I've been enjoying a lot more lately. I like writing, though at this point I'm not really sure what I want to do with it."
Do you plan on playing hockey at the college level?
"Nope. I've decided that the end of the season will be the end of hockey for me. It's definitely something I can pick up later in life but it is a bit of a time commitment."
Do you follow the NHL? If so, what team do you root for?
"I wouldn't say I follow it closely, but I certainly watch my fair share of games. I root for the Pittsburgh Penguins because I lived in Pittsburgh for a while and it just sort of caught on. I started rooting for them and it stuck with me when I moved up here because there's not really a team to root for up in Alaska."
You've lived in some unique places before moving to Juneau. Talk about some of your experiences growing up.
"I was born in Waukesha, Wis., and I moved from there to Egypt when I was about six years old for my Dad's job. I lived in Cairo for two-and-a-half years and then moved to Antalya, Turkey on the Mediterranean. From there, I moved to Pittsburgh and lived there for a little bit under a year before moving up here. Huge cultural shocks, for sure, but I think it makes much more of an impression when you're younger. It's definitely broadened my view coming back to the (United States), and it's given me a different way of looking at things."
What are the expectations for the hockey team this season?
"As a newer program, we started off at the bottom and are now working our way up. We've made it out of our conference before but we've never made it to the actual state tournament, so it would be really cool to make it there and it's definitely within out sights. It would be a big step for the program."