Cook, 30, first played for the Wranglers last year, recording six goals and 25 assists while serving as an alternate captain for the club. The 5-foot-11, 187-pound defenseman returned to the U.S. after five seasons overseas, playing in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic from 2007-12. In his final season abroad, Cook posted three goals and 13 assists with the Hamburg Freezers.
Originally from Port Huron, Mich., Cook graduated from Cornell after four years (2001-05) with the Big Red. Named alternate captain his senior year, he collected 16 goals and 54 assists in 129 games. Cook signed an amateur try-out agreement with the American Hockey League’s Philadelphia Phantoms at the end of his college career, and became part of the squad that won the 2005 Calder Cup. He then spent the next two seasons in the AHL, securing 13 goals and 37 assists in 141 games with the Phantoms (2005-06) and Binghamton Senators (2006-07).