The Cariboo Cougars would like to officially welcome Tyler Brough, as an assistant coach for the 2015-16 Season. Tyler is a Prince George Cougars alumni, who also scored the RBC Cup winning goal in 2000, as member of the Fort McMurray Oil Barons. We'd like to welcome Tyler, as well as his wife, Erica and children (daughter Kennedy and son Hudson) to the Cariboo Cougars family!
Tyler joins Trevor Sprague and Bryan MacLean behind the bench, as well as Todd Parker, our video coach!
Last Updated on Friday, 26 June 2015 00:05
Here's what the weekend looks like for anybody attending the Cariboo Cougars Spring Evaluation Camp this weekend
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Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 22:00
Last Updated on Saturday, 28 February 2015 18:35
Participating in a Canada Winter Games is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, getting to do it in front of a hometown crowd is even more special.
Two members of the Cariboo Cougars will get that opportunity in February when they don the Team BC jersey at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George. Forward Justin Almeida and goalie Dorrin Luding were named to the provincial under-16 team on Tuesday and are looking forward to the opportunity to defend the gold medal BC won four years ago in Halifax.
"This is a dream to play on Team BC," Almeida said. "I'm really excited, but also nervous. When I heard the word it was a big relief."
The selection process for Team BC has been months in the making and Luding said the extra coaching he's received along the way has helped his game.
"I was getting quite a lot of feedback from the coaches and the goalie coaches," he said. "They were telling me what I had to work on, and I looked that that feedback and started working on those things and there's been an improvement."
Six other players on the 20-player Team BC roster play in the BC Major Midget League. Both Luding and Almeida said playing against older boys this season has helped them develop and will help them prepare for the national stage.
"Our practice habits here are very good and we have a fast team," Almedia said of the Cariboo Cougars. "The league is fast and you have to be able to adjust and in a short tournament like the Canada Winter Games, you have to adjust quickly so playing (in the BC Major Midget League) will help me."
Star players like Sidney Crosby and Paul Kariya used the Canada Games as a step along their hockey journey, which puts Almeida and Luding in elite company. Both players expect some nerves leading up to the tournament, but at the same time they're excited for the chance to test themselves against the top players in the country in their age category.
"It's going to be nerve wracking having all the fans and all the scouts there," Luding said. "But mentally I'm going to focus on my game."
The male hockey tournament will take place during the second week of the Games, with matches at CN Centre and Kin 2.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 03:30
The Cariboo Cougars are the class of the BCMML, at least for the time being. The Cats solidified their grasp on the league's number one spot with a pair of wins over the second place Vancouver Northwest Giants.
On Sunday, Colton Thomas scored twice in the second period as the Cariboo Cougars defeated the Vancouver NW Giants 4-1 on Sunday morning at Kin 1.
Wesley Shipton and Steven Jandric also scored for the Cougars and Dorrin Luding made 31 saves, including 17 in the first period alone.
Ryland Chernomaz scored the lone goal for the Giants.
The win, combined with Saturday's 5-1 win over the Giants, gives the Cougars (15-2-1) a seven-point cushion over the second-place Giants (12-4-0).
Thomas broke a 1-1 tie at 4:54 of the second when he slid a shot past Giants goalie Beck Warm. The puck came to Thomas after Austin Gray partially fanned on his attempt to capitalize on the scrambley play in front of the Giants net. Jandric also picked up a helper.
The Cougars extended their lead at 9:58 when Thomas tipped a Zack Smith shot over Warm's shoulder. Darren Hards also got an assist on the power-play tally.
A pair of Giants penalties late in the second gifted the Cougars a lengthy 5-on-3 and they capitalized early in the third with a second left in the second infraction. Jandric tipped in a Gray shot,with Hards once again setting up the point man.
The game got off to a wild start, with both teams scoring in the first 90 seconds. Chernomaz gave the Giants the early lead at the 37 second mark, banking a pass off the skate of a Cougars' defender and past Luding. The home side responded at 1:24 when Shipton turned and fired a high shot past Warm from the slot with a lot of traffic in front of the net.
Luding was called upon to make a handful of big saves early on as the Cougars killed three penalties in the first to get out of the opening period on even terms. The Giants went 0/7 on the power play for the game, while the Cougars converted twice in their seven attempts.
Warm made 23 saves for the Giants.
The Cougars have a bye next weekend but return to Kin 1 for another tough test when then Okanagan Rockets visit Prince George on Nov. 29 and 30.
Last Updated on Sunday, 16 November 2014 22:00