Cadillac Native Cook Has Notre Dame on Biggest Stage

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the NCAA Division I men’s hockey tournament draws to a conclusion this weekend, northern Michigan residents may recognize a familiar name on the Notre Dame roster.

Cadillac native and Notre Dame senior forward Dawson Cook has the Irish one step away from playing in their second national championship game in program history.

Champions of the Big Ten Conference, Cook and the Irish (27-9-2) will face fellow Big Ten foe Michigan in a national semifinal at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center. The winner of the contest will face either Ohio State or Minnesota Duluth at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

This is Notre Dame’s second consecutive Frozen Four appearance as the Irish fell 6-1 to top-seed and eventual national champion Denver last year.

“It kind of left a bad taste in our mouth getting that far and kind of having a poor showing during the game, so we used that as motivation all summer and all year to make it back here, and we did, and now we’re shooting for the victory,” Cook said.

Born in Cadillac, Cook attended Cadillac Public Schools through his sophomore year before moving to Ann Arbor and graduating from Ann Arbor Pioneer. While in Ann Arbor, Cook played with the U.S. National Team Developmental Program from 2011-13 and won a silver medal at the Under-17 World Championships. He later went on to play for the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League for the 2013-14 campaign.

Cook is having a career season as a senior, tallying eight points on six goals and two assists. The six goals is season-high. In four seasons Cook has 20 points on 11 goals and nine assists.

“This year we kind of expected to be back, and we kind of know what to expect. Especially with the off-ice things you have to go through,” Cook said. “I think the experience from last year is definitely helping us to prepare more for that type of thing and then focus more on the game.”

Cook’s parents, Dr. Michele and David Cook, still reside in Cadillac. Dr. David Cook is an optometrist at Cadillac’s Family Eye Care Associates while Dr. Michele Cook is a science teacher at Cadillac High School.

Dawson Cook grew up a University of Michigan fan as both parents attended the Ann Arbor school at some point.