Dan Gibb and Dylan Willick both wrapped up their junior hockey careers this past season. Both of them finishing off their seasons as the captain of their respective teams. With their junior hockey experiences coming to a close a new experience is on the horizon. Both of these men will be off to University to go to study and play hockey for their respective schools in CIS this year.
We caught up with both Dan and Dylan over the summer and asked them about their junior hockey careers, the new challenges ahead of them and how the Cariboo Cougars organization helped them with their junior hockey career and now with the new experience of university hockey that awaits them starting this fall.
Dan will be attending the University of Calgary and playing with the Dinos there. Dylan will be attending the University of New Brunswick and playing with the Varsity Reds.
CC: So living and playing in Prince George your whole life and now going off to play and live in a different city will be a little bit of a different experience for you now hey?
Dan: Yes it will be, having that comfort of home is nice to have but I'm definitely excited to get a start in Calgary. It should be a great year!
CC: I guess you had a small taste of playing away from home when you joined the Stockton Thunder of the ECHL for a bit near the end of their season and into the playoffs. How was that experience for you? Could you tell me more about the big goal you scored?
Dan: For sure. We were doing 3-0 with fifteen minutes left to go in the game. We were facing elimination so it looked like we only had fifteen minutes left in the season. The guys rallied back to tie it up. With a few minutes left to go in the third period the puck came back to me at the point. I saw an opening I skated up, toe dragged around the opposing player, and shot the puck over the goalies blocker side. The place went wild! We ended up potting one more goal to take it 5-3 and keep the season alive.
CC: So that was your first goal of your professional career, and a big one at that. How excited were you and how pumped were your teammates pumped for you as well?
Dan: They were all really excite for me and I was excited as well. I helped keep the team alive.
CC: Great! Now back to the main purpose of the interview, You're heading of to University of Calgary, what shaped your decision to go to Calgary?
Dan: It's a city I know really well, and I feel comfortable there. It's also a great school. The academics there are top notch especially for what I want to study. I also get to go play for a great hockey program with the Dinos.
CC: So what are you taking there? and what other schools did you consider?
Dan: I'm taking some general business courses right now, but I'm interested in sports marketing, and some of the schools that I'm interested in were, just to name a few, UBC, UNB, and Mount Royal University.
CC: So last question, but certainly not least, how did the Cariboo Cougar program help you in your junior hockey career and how will it help you with this new challenge in the CIS.
Dan: It really showed us how to be a team, and not to make it all about you, but Sprague really made you accountable as well. That was definitely something we need to be coached. Another thing was the professional attitude of the whole program. We felt like a junior team, we needed to act professional and play for professional. We represented the north and Sprague made sure we represented it well. That attitude of being professional and representing your community definitely helped us mature as better hockey players.
CC: Awesome! Well that about wraps things up, Thanks for your time! Have a good remainder of your summer and have an awesome first year in Calgary.
CC: So Dylan your junior hockey career has come to a close. Looking back on it can you name a few moments that stick out for you as highlights?
Dylan: Well winning the Western Division in the playoffs at the end of last season was definitely a very special moment for us. We definitely accomplished something great. What topped it off though was opening night of the next season when we had our banner raising ceremony. It was something I've never experienced before. The recognition of all that hard work and then getting to share it with your fans and supporters was a great moment.
CC: Awesome! So this year you're heading off to play in Fredericton at the University of New Brunswick. Why did you choose there?
Dylan: Well the program over there has been a great hockey program over the years with great coaching. The academic side of things as well definitely appealed to me too.
CC: So was there other schools in the running for you to go to? If so what made you choose UNB instead of the others?
Dylan: University of Calgary, and McGill University were the two others that I was considering going to. McGill even flew me out there to go check out the campus and the city. It was a great experience overall. When I visited Fredericton though it was something so different for me from life out west and It just had a great feel to it and I thought the school was a good fit for me as well. So as you can tell UNB was the winner for me.
CC: So the academics there you said seemed to be a good fit there, what are you taking in school?
Dylan: I'll be taking engineering at school.
CC: Awesome! Sounds tough but interesting. So this brings me to the last question: How did playing for the Cariboo Cougars help prepare you for Junior Hockey and now the new challenge at UNB?
Dylan: It's a very professionally run program. Sprague ran the team like it was a junior team. We felt professional when we played there. That helped me adjust to the WHL atmosphere and helped me fit in right away when I got to Kamloops.
CC: Awesome Dylan well thank you for your time! Have a good rest of your summer and good luck next year!
Dylan: Great! Thank you very much!
Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 06:32
This past weekend the Cariboo Cougars kicked off the 2013/2014 season with our opening training camp. Over 80 players were trying to earn a spot on the top midget team in Northern BC. After a solid weekend of on ice drills and games, plus fitness testing. 45 players have been invited back for the next camp August 30th to September 1st. Here's the list of players who made the cut:
Alex Hanson - White Horse, YK
Alex Hinsche - Prince George, BC
Austin Dixon - MacKenzie, BC
Bobby Jo Love - Smithers, BC
Braeden Dyck - Prince George, BC
Brayden Dale - Quesnel, BC
Brendan Moore - Smithers, BC
Brett Wakabayashi, Prince George, BC
Brogan O'Brien - Prince George, BC
Bryan Allbee - Prince George, BC
Carl Ewert - Prince George, BC
Carson Stephen - Prince George, BC
Chase Dubois - Williams Lake, BC
Cole Morris - Prince George, BC
Cole Slaney - Quesnel, BC
Colton Stark - Terrace, BC
Colton Thomas - Williams Lake, BC
Dallas Goodwin - Fort St. James, BC
Darren Hards - Prince George, BC
Donovan Law - Prince George, BC
Dylan Oliarny - Prince George, BC
Greg Dakus - Prince George, BC
Isaiah Berra - Prince George, BC
Jack Lofroth - Terrace, BC
Jamie Ferguson - Burns Lake, BC
Jared Stevens - Prince George, BC
Jaxon Nohr - Williams Lake, BC
Jeremy Matte - Prince George, BC
Jesse Roach - Quesnel, BC
Jonah Boston - Kitimat, BC
Jordan Low - Prince George, BC
Justin Bond - Kitimat, BC
Justin Schwing - Prince George, BC
Keith Redden - Quesnel, BC
Kenny Nordstrom - Terrace, BC
Kohlman Brinksy - Dawson Creek, BC
Kole Comin - Whitehorse, YK
Lane Delfs - Fort St. John, BC
Liam Blackburn - Prince George, BC
Lien Miller - Jeanotte - Fort St. John, BC
Mathieu Longhurst - Prince George, BC
Mitch Williams - Prince George, BC
Quinn Ferris - Prince George, BC
Riley Coish - Smithers, BC
Riley Pettit - Whitehorse, YK
Scott Cullen - Prince George, BC
Steven Jandric - Prince George, BC
Thomas Webster - Fort St. John, BC
Todd Bredo - Prince George, BC
Trevor Gagne - Prince George, BC
Tyler Povelofskie - Williams Lake, BC
Zach Smith - Prince George, BC
After that weekend around 25 players will head into the exhibition season in early September.
We would like to thank our Alumni Jake LeBrun (Prince George Spruce Kings), Seb Lloyd (Westside Warriors--Harvard starting in 2014/2015), Ryan Forbes (Naniamo Clippers), and Stephen Penner (Naniamo Clippers) for coaching our training camp teams.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 05:42
Liam Blackburn is here at the Cariboo Cougars' summer evaluation camp. Brett Cullen stopped to have a quick chat with Liam about his summer preparation for next season, along with the upcoming BCHL season with the West Kelowna Warriors and the adjustments he will be making after playing in his hometown all of his life to playing in a new city, as well as Liam getting listed by the defending WHL champions the Portland Winterhawks!
Check here for the interview: http://soundcloud.com/cariboocougarshockey/liam-blackburn-august-10th
Last Updated on Sunday, 11 August 2013 16:25
Former Cariboo Cougars Assistant Coach Todd Doherty has been named the new President of the Prince George Spruce Kings (BCHL). He takes over from Darcy Buryn, who will remain with the team in a Board Member capacity.
Here is an article that ran in Wednesday's Prince George Citizen newspaper, from Ted Clarke:
Todd Doherty is the new president of the Prince George Spruce Kings but has no plans to give up his day job.
He's still pounding the pavement and utilizing his business ties to attract sponsors to the 2015 Canada Winter Games Society as director of revenue generation.
But on his own time, he'll be thinking about hockey and how to make the citizens of Prince George and the surrounding community feel more connected to the Spruce Kings. The community-owned B.C. Hockey League team introduced Doherty as the successor to Darcy Buryn, who stepped down after six years as president.
To read the rest of the article, click here.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 20:00
All Ice Times at Prince George Coliseum, 888 Dominion St. (Downtown PG)
Thursday August 8: Goalie pre-camp
-Goalie check - in: 5:00pm
-6:30pm to 8:30pm - Interviews/releases
Friday August 9th: Main camp – drills,
-Player check-in: 2:30pm, (players will be assigned to their teams)
-DRILLS: 4:00pm to 5:00pm Team Green
-DRILLS: 5:15pm to 6:15pm Team Gold
-DRILLS: 6:30pm to 7:30pm Team White
-DRILLS: 7:45pm to 8:45pm Team Red
Saturday August 10th:
Main camp – games,
Re: fitness testing: Bring appropriate footwear & clothing. Rain or shine!
-FITNESS TESTING: 9:00am: Team Green & Team White (Masich Place Stadium – opposite the Citizen Field Baseball Stadium)
-GAME: 10:00am to 11:45am: Team Gold vs. Team Red
-FITNESS TESTING: 1:30pm: Team Gold & Team Red (Masich Place Stadium – opposite the Citizen Field Baseball Stadium)
-GAME: 12:00pm to 1:45pm: Team Green vs. Team White
-PLAYER/PARENT MEETING (Mandatory) 2:45pm to 3:45pm: PG COLISEUM – Upstairs meeting room.
(if players need to eat you are welcome to do so during this meeting)
-GAME: 5:00pm to 6:30pm: Team Gold vs. Team Green
-GAME: 7:00pm to 8:30pm: Team White vs. Team Red
Sunday August 11th:
Main camp – games,
-7:00am: All players report to rink for reassignment into new teams
-GAME: 8:00am to 9:30am: Team 1 vs. Team 2
-GAME: 11:00am – 12:30pm: Team 3 vs. Team 4
-Interviews/releases after games
- For all remaining players, mandatory player/parent meeting at 1:30pm
For remaining players, tryouts will resume on Friday August 30th to Sunday September 1st. Interviews/releases; and remaining players will begin regular practices and exhibition games. Full schedule will be provided on August 10th.
General Manager: Trevor Sprague 250-981-4786
Last Updated on Saturday, 10 August 2013 04:36