New Cariboo Cougars Head Coach Bryan MacLean is adding a new title to his impressive hockey resume. He has joined the WHL's Prince George Cougars as their new Northern BC Scout.
"I'm really exciting, I think it's a great opportunity for myself" says MacLean. "I think it's a good opportunity for the Prince George Cougars to have a person in the north, watching guys that are in bantam and midget and guys that are draft eligible, hopefully I can help out the team as much as I can."
MacLean will be responsible for keeping Cougars management up to speed on local Prince George and Northern BC players, as well as standouts from across the BC Major Midget League. "When you're in the Major Midget League, there's a lot of opportunity to see lots of good players" says MacLean. "As a coach, you always keep your eye on the good players on the opposing team. For me, it's just a matter on keeping a bit of an extra eye on who they are, and hopefully getting a few of those guys to move on as well.
The Prince George Cougars have a recent history of taking Major Midget League talent, having players like Brett Connolly and Dan Gibb pass through the program, and current Cougars Chase Witala, Raymond Grewal and Brett Roulston all former skates with the Cariboo Cougars.
Head Scout and Director of Player Personell for the Prince George Cougars, Todd Harkins says MacLean will add to an impressive scouting staff. "Bryan's addition to our staff is going to be huge for our organiziation. He brings a great hockey knowledge to our business, and also he brings the element of a coach in the Major Midget League, which is a league which is one of the best in the world for this age group."
Harkins was the Head Coach of the Vancouver NW Giants the year prior to MacLean joining the Cougars. He coached the Giants to a finals win over the Cougars, and knows the quality of players that come out of the Midget system. "We want to make sure we're able to see players at that level that we maybe missed in the draft" says Harkins.
In addition to scouting talent across the 11-team BC Major Midget League, MacLean will focus on finding local prospects for the North's WHL franchise. "There's many hockey players that are good enough to play in our league, and sometimes we miss players in our own backyard because we're looking abroad" says Harkins. "I felt we needed a presence in this area, and kids growing up in Prince George know about the team and the Western Hockey League, and that should be their aspirations when they grow up watching this team play, and that maybe one day they'll play for them, and if they're good enough, we'll keep them in town."
MacLean has already started in his duties with the team, and will continue to ramp up his work load in August and September.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 July 2013 17:10
Congratulations to Cougars forward Brad Morrison on being selected for Team Pacific's U17 Summer Camp in Calgary July 24th-28th.
Morrison enjoyed a banner year with the Cougars, playing in 38 regular season games, scoring 20 times and adding 30 assists. He was 4th in team scoring for the Cougars in the regular season. He also added 1 goal in 4 playoff games.
You can view the full short list of camp-invited players here.
Last Updated on Friday, 26 July 2013 20:01
Brand new Cougars Head Coach Bryan MacLean made a stop into the 94x Morning Show today to talk hockey. Host Kev Cotter (who doubles as the Cougars PA Announcer) spoke with MacLean about taking the reigns this year, what changes he'll make to the way the team plays, and also talked about registration for the upcoming year.
You can listen to the interview below.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 18:58
Former Cariboo Cougars goaltender Jared Rathjen is taking a break from his on-ice training during the summer to raise some money for a good cause. He's taking part in a 2-day Ride to Conquer Cancer from Vancouver to Seattle this weekend. Inspired by his family and his experiences with the Cariboo Cougars partnership with Jameson Jones, Rathjen is excited to begin the ride and has been fundraising over recent weeks.
The Cariboo Cougars have donated $500 in support of Rathjen's efforts, and former Cougars broadcaster Alex Rawnsley had a chance to speak with Jared prior to the ride.
To donate towards Jared's team, click here. As of this post, Rathjen has raised just under $2000, towards his goal of $5000.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 16:58
Former Cariboo Cougar forward Dylan Willick is leaving BC behind and heading east to continue his hockey career. The following article is from the University of New Brunswick:
Dylan Willick, who captained the WHL's Kamloops Blazers this season, arrived in Fredericton on Wednesday. Three days later, he announced that he will attend the U of New Brunswick in the fall and play for the Varsity Reds, who are the CIS's defending champions.
Willick, 20, has used up his junior hockey eligibility. Knowing that he wants to take engineering, the Prince George native had narrowed his choice to McGill University in Montreal or UNB.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 17:16