Cougars Set for Training Camp
More than 80 players will be in Prince George for Training Camp, 2016 which starts this Friday with registration at noon. Camp continues through to Monday the 29th with the annual Black and White Game.
The roster this year looks very promising, with six NHL draftees alongside and another five who have previously attended an NHL training camp.
Josh Anderson (Colorado Avalanche, Round 3, 2016) was the most recent Cougar selected by an NHL team. He joins 2015 draftees Jansen Harkins (Winnipeg Jets, Round 2), Jesse Gabrielle (Boston Bruins, Round 4), Brad Morrison (New York Rangers, Round 4), Sam Ruopp (Columbus Blue Jackets, Round 5) and Tate Olson (Vancouver Canucks, Round 7) who are all set to return.
This summer Kody McDonald (Montreal Canadiens), Brogan O’Brien (Colorado Avalanche) and Ty Edmonds (San Jose Sharks) all attended NHL Summer Development Camps while Jared Bethune (Minnesota Wild) and Nick McBride (Los Angeles Kings) have attended NHL Camps previously.
It also marks the very first WHL Training Camp for goaltender Taylor Gauthier. He was the Cougars pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. Other 2016 WHL draftees Cole Beamin (Round 2), Jack Michell (Round 3) and Keegan Craik (Round 5) will also get their first taste of life in Prince George. 2015 draft picks Jackson Leppard (Round 1), Jonas Harkins (Round 2) and Tyler Ho (Round 3) are back for their second WHL Training Camp and are eligible to join the Cougars full-time this season.
“The summer is coming to an end and we’re ready to get back onto the ice,” said Cougars new head coach Richard Matvichuk. “We’re very confident and excited with the group of older and younger players that we have coming back this season. Our goals and expectations from day one will be to compete every night to win. We feel that with the group of players that we have that we will be a very competitive team.”
The Young Guns game is set for 4 p.m. on Friday.
Saturday will see a full day of scrimmages, , then back on the ice on Sunday for more scrimmages.
All of the remaining players at camp after Sunday will participate in the annual Black vs. White Intra-squad game at 7:00 PM Monday evening at CN Centre. Admission for the Black vs. White game will be free.