"He's been a threat since his first day on campus," Badgers hockey head coach Tony Granato said.
Cole Caufield's 18 first-year goals ties him for the ninth most in program history.
"I don't know that I've ever been around a more natural goal scorer than Cole, or a guy that actually has so many weapons," Granato said.
He's also the first University of Wisconsin-Madison freshman in over 15 years to score three goals in a game.
"It was one of my goals going into the season," Caufield said. "Just set the bar high and try and make them and reach them. Obviously, we have a couple more games left, you know, hopefully, I can keep it up and hopefully get some more along the way."
"I think his competitiveness and his push to drive to get better is something that's why he's turned himself into such a great player at such a young age and, so, he has a great start to his career," Granato said.
There's no doubt Caufield dominates on the ice, but what makes him special is the type of person he is off of it.
"Smiley, just happy," Granato said. "His smile is always the thing that I remember when recruiting him, when you watch him practice and when you watch him play, you see the big smile through his mask."
"He's broke records his whole life and that's just who he is," Brock Caufield, his brother and teammate, said. "He's a very skilled player and I think that amazes me the most. Just his work ethic and he deserves all of it. He just pushes me to get better and pushes himself. I think it's just special that people don't see off the ice the extra work he puts in to be able to do that."