Austin Gray has committed to the Prince George Spruce Kings for the 2015-2016. Gray was released today (Sept 11th 2014) by the Spruce Kings and sent back to the Cariboo Cougars for this season. We're thrilled to have Austin back with us, but are also very excited about his opportunity for next season and his junior hockey future!
The Spruce Kings have released this statement about Gray:
" The Prince George Spruce Kings have reassigned 1997 born local forward Austin Gray to the Cariboo Cougars. At the same time the Spruce Kings would like to announce that Gray will be an affiliate player with the Spruce Kings this season and has committed to the Spruce Kings for the 2015/2016 season.
“Austin had a tremendous training camp and played extremely well in 2 exhibition games for us. He is a very special player who possesses great speed and has a skill set that will enable him to be a very good player at our level in the years to come” said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes. “He will excel at the Major Midget level this season and then will join us full time next season and be a very big part of our team moving forward. Our fans will get to see Austin often this season as he will be our first call up when we need a player due to injury”. "
Once again we'd like to congratulate Austin on this achievement!
Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 02:47
Brett Cullen sat down with Prince George Cougars Vice President of Business, Andy Beesley, recently to chat about his new role in the New Ice Age. Listen to the interview here:
Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 18:13
Justin Almeida has had quite the year. The Kitimat native was selected 5th overall in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. He's graced the covers of magazines, he's won provincials and Westerns, now he will tackle his next challenge: playing in the BC Major Midget League. After spending several seasons with the North Shore Winter Club, Almeida has decided to return to his Northern roots and don the Cariboo Cougar crest this upcoming season.
We caught up with Justin this past weekend at summer evaluation camp to discuss his offseason training, as well as the upcoming season.
"My summer has been good, It's been crazy since the draft and I've been busy with hockey but I've had a few weekends off to just relax." he said, when asked about his offseason. "[Cariboo Cougars camp] provides fast paced hockey, it helps me get to know all the guys involved with the program, as well as giving me a chance to get back into game shape and show off all of my skills."
Justin has been in the spotlight for some time now; despite that fact, he doesn't let that disrupt his focus. "When I come here I'm just playing my game, I can block the media buzz out and just focus about what I do on the ice."
The Cariboo Cougars have built a partnership with Almeida's WHL Club, the Prince George Cougars, and he feels the relationship will benefit him: "They [PG Cougars staff] can come to the games and watch me to let me know what I could do better, I might get the chance to practice with them as well and that will make me an overall better player"
When asked about returning to Northern BC to continue his hockey career, Almeida responds "There's great pride here in the north, it'll be fun play here, everyone's so nice and welcoming."
The Cariboo Cougars organization is certainly looking forward to having Justin suit up for the club this coming season.
Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 01:00
The Cariboo Cougars have wrapped up their 2014 summer evaluation camp and as the camp has come to a close the excitement for the coming season is growing immensely.
Close to 100 young men stepped onto the ice this weekend. The goaltenders were treated to an ice time specific to their position the night before the camp officially started and were coached by team goaltending coach James Morrison, and Cariboo Cougars assistant coach, and 4 year WHL Veteran goaltender, Mac Engel. Each player had 1 team practice, 1 fitness training session, and 4 games with the opportunity to be coached by our coaching staff, our alumni, and Prince George Cougars staff, Assistant Coach Michael Henger and Trainer Chico Dhanjal.
As the weekend drew to a close the amount of players going onto next camp was cut to close to 50 young men. The next camp resumes August 29th through to the 31st.
The whole Cariboo Cougars staff would like to extend a huge Thank You to all the players who attended this years main camp, held at the Prince George Coliseum. We'd also like Thank all the Alumni, and Prince George Cougars staff, who came out, volunteered their time and worked with these young players over the course of the weekend, Stay tuned for more news coming out of camp throughout the coming weeks!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 06:25
Major Midget Hockey Club
Main Camp August 7-10
All Ice Times at Prince George Coliseum, 888 Dominion Street (Downtown PG)
Thursday August 7th
Goalie Pre-camp (If necessary, Goalies will be Notified)
Player check-in @ 5 pm
* 7:30 - 9:30 pm: On ice
* 10:00 pm: Interviews/releases
Friday August 8th
Player check-in @ 2:30 pm - players will be assigned to their teams
* DRILLS: 4:00 - 5:00 Team Green
* DRILLS: 5:15 - 6:15 Team Gold
* DRILLS: 6:30 - 7:30 Team White
* DRILLS: 7:45 - 8:45 Team Red
Saturday August 9th - Main Camp - Games
Note: Fitness testing - bring appropriate footwear & clothing. Rain or shine!
* Fitness Testing: 9:00 am - Team Green & Team White (@ Masich Place Stadium). Chico Dhanjal of the PG Cougars and Tambolini Hockey Factory is running the testing.
* Game: 10:15 am - 12:15 pm - Team Red vs. Team Gold.
* Fitness Testing: 1:00 pm - Team Red & Team Gold (@ Masich Place Stadium). Chico Dhanjal of the PG Cougars and Tambolini Hockey Factory is running the testing.
* Game: 12:30 - 2:30 pm - Team Green vs. Team White.
* Player & Parent Meeting - Mandatory: 3:00 - 4:00 pm. PG Coliseum, Upstairs Meet-ing Room. (If players need to eat you are welcome to do so during this meeting)
* Game: 5:30 - 7:00 pm - Team Gold vs. Team Green.
* Game: 7:15 - 8:45 pm - Team Red vs. Team White.
Sunday August 10th - Main Camp - Games
7:00 am - All Players report to rink for reassignment into new teams
* Game: 8:00 - 9:30 am - Team 1 vs. Team 2.
* Game: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Team 3 vs. Team 4.
* Interviews/releases after games.
* For all remaining players, mandatory player/parent meeting @ 2:30 pm.
Last Updated on Sunday, 27 July 2014 05:15