Fairport’s own Cole Bardreau has pro hockey journey lead to Blue Cross Arena on Sunday

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Cole Bardreau isn’t originally from Rochester but that’s where his heart lies.

"But I still spend my summers there and all my buddies are there," he said.

He grew up in Fairport, played at the youth level. Then played for Division I powerhouse, Cornell. After that, he spent five years with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms before the Islanders signed him to their AHL team.

"Grateful for my time there but just still living the dream," Bardreau said. “Still playing pro and staying out of the office."

Now, Bardreau is with the Bridgeport Islanders. Soon after in 2019, he was called up to NHL and took full of advantage of the long-awaited opportunity, scoring an overtime goal against the Ottawa Senators.

He mentions that the thrill of scoring your first NHL goal can’t be matched. However, he’ll soon have another moment to remember when he makes his return to Rochester on Sunday as Islanders take on the Amerks.

"Being back in front of all the all the people that helped me out along the way," he said. “Along the way, there’s a lot of families that I can list off that without their support and kind of helped me out along the way."

For him, heading back to where it began is truly a journey that comes full circle.

"Soak it in and realize how lucky I am to kind of be from the Rochester community," he said.