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PG Cougars camp – Day 2 recap

August 26, 2017  After fitness testing, orientation and a Young Guns Game, Saturday was highlighted by five scrimmages at Prince George Cougars Training Camp inside the CN Centre. It was the first real opportunity for the roughly 100 players in attendance to make an impression on the Cougars’ brass. The veterans did what many expected Read More »

PG Spruce Kings camp wraps Sunday a.m.

    August 25, 2017 by Ted Clarke, Prince George Citizen Adam Maglio’s initiation as a B.C. Hockey League head coach is about to begin. The 31-year-old native of Nelson has had four months to get used to the fact he will be calling the shots behind the Prince George Spruce Kings bench since Chad Read More »

PG Cougars camp underway

  August 25, 2017 The Prince George Cougars launched their 2017 training camp today, with registration, the annual Rookie game, and goalie sessions kicking off day one. Five teams hit the ice Sunday in a series of of games that wrap up Monday with a Black and White Intersquad game. Friday, August 25 4:00 PM Read More »

BCHL main camps getting underway

  August 21, 2017 Main training camps for all 17 BCHL clubs opened today, with exhibition games starting Wednesday. Returning players and hopefuls have reported to their respective communities and will begin competition for the last few spots available on the rosters. All on-ice training camp activities are open to the public and fans are Read More »

32nd Chilliwack International Challenge Cup Bantam lineup set

  August 8, 2017 The lineup for one of the best known and most heavily scouted bantam A1 tournaments in Western Canada, the Chilliwack International Challenge Cup, has been released. This year marks the 32nd edition of the tournament, which is hosted by the parents of the Chilliwack Bantam AAA team, and features many of the best Read More »

BCHL – 17 alumni turning pro

  May 4, 2017 Again this season, with the NCAA schedule complete and NHL teams filling their rosters with young talent, there are several BCHL graduates who have been signed and have joined the pro ranks. Of the players signing, only Tyson Jost has made his NHL debut so far. Most are headed for the American Read More »

BCHL – Teams set for Western Canada Cup

  April 20, 2017 Penticton, BC The five team field for the 2017 Western Canada Cup, presented by Sun Life Financial, is set and it may just be the deepest one yet. The five teams competing in WCC are the host Penticton Vees, Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL), the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) champion Brooks Bandits, Read More »

Spruce Kings HC van Diemen stepping down, Maglio promoted

April 19, 2017 The Prince George Spruce Kings announced last week a change behind the bench. Due to family reasons, Chad van Diemen is stepping down from his role as head coach. Van Diemen joined the Spruce Kings in April 2015 and guided a young rebuilding team to a 14-38-4-2 record during the 2015-16 season. Read More »

Jets sign Harkins to Entry-level Contract

    April 7, 2017 The Winnipeg Jets announced they have agreed to terms with forward Jansen Harkins on a three-year entry level contract with an annual value of $925,000. Harkins (May 23, 1997, North Vancouver, B.C.) was selected by the Jets in the second round (47th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft and will spend Read More »

WHL – Portland takes Cougars down, meet Rockets in R2

      April 3, 2017 By Ted Clarke  / Prince George Citizen It’s all over but the crying. The Prince George Cougars’ season is finished after they lost 4-2 to the Portland Winterhawks Monday night in Portland. The Winterhawks took control with a three-goal second period and never looked back. They will advance to the Read More »

WHL – Portland meets Kelowna in R2

  April 3, 2017 The Kelowna Rockets will face the Portland Winterhawks in the second round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs beginning Friday, April 7 at Prospera Place. The Winterhawks soar into the second round after having upset the B.C. Division-champion Prince George Cougars in six games. On the other side, the Kelowna Rockets took Read More »

WHL – PG down 3-2 after big night from Hawks tender

    April 1, 2017 For the first time in the 2017 Post-Season the Prince George Cougars are facing elimination. Saturday night in front of a sold out crowd at CN Centre in Prince George, the Portland Winterhawks earned a 5-3 victory to take a 3-2 series lead. Winterhawks rookie Ryan Hughes snapped a 3-3 tie Read More »

WHL Playoffs – PG up 2-1 on big night by Harkins

    The Prince George Cougars have regained home ice advantage in their first round series with the Portland Winterhawks. Wednesday night in Portland the Cats trailed early, but struck for six unanswered goals in a 6-1 victory over the Winterhawks in Game 3. Jansen Harkins paced the Cougars attack with a goal and four Read More »

BWC A1 Bantams Win Provincials, complete perfect season

March 22, 2017 The BWC Bantam A1 team went 6-0-0 at this year’s Tier 1 Bantam Provincial Championship, to a complete a perfect season at 36-0-0. The Bruins downed winless Nanaimo 15-0 in their final round robin game at 8:00 AM Wednesday morning, and then shutout Thompson Zone 6-0 in the final Wednesday evening. Thompson had downed North Read More »

BWC A1 Bantams 4-0 at Provincials

March 21, 2017 The BWC Bantam A1 team are 4-0 after three days of action at the BC Provincial Championships in Kamloops, and are currently in first place with 8 points. Two other teams, North Zone and Thompson Zone are still in the running with two games and a potential 4 points remaining and could tie Read More »

WHL Round Up – Friday night games

    February 18, 2017 – A pair of primetime television contests highlighted a 10-game spread on Friday’s WHL schedule as the Spokane Chiefs grounded the Kelowna Rockets in overtime on Friday Night Hockey on Sportsnet, while the Lethbridge Hurricanes used a shootout to send the Victoria Royals packing on WHL on Shaw. In between, Read More »

T-Birds sink Giants 6-1, Tendeck stops 40

    January 21, 2017 Kent, Washington The second largest crowd of the season, 6,149 fans, saw six goals from the Seattle Thunderbird and 6,795 teddy bears and stuffed animals on the ShoWare Center ice Saturday night. Mathew Barzal and Ryan Gropp paced the T-Birds with three points each in a 6-1 victory over the Read More »

PG earn point in split with Blazers

Despite some hectic travel and a ton of hockey as of late the Cougars were 52 seconds away from a regulation victory in Kamloops Saturday. But Deven Sideroff tied the game in the final minute and Collin Shirley netted the overtime winner 59 seconds into the extra period giving the Blazers the second point in Read More »

49th KIBIHT countdown on – 30 teams, 2 Tiers, Italy & Hong Kong in

  December 9, 2016 The countdown is on as the 49th annual Kamloops International Hockey Tournament, one of the premier Bantam tournaments in Western Canada, gears up to run this year from December 28th through New Year’s Day. The big news this year is the appearance of the WSV Sterling Broncs from Italy, and the first ever appearance Read More »

60 Team Canada West Jr. A invitees: by age

November 25, 2016 Hockey Canada has announced the tryout rosters for the upcoming 2016 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge. A total of 60 players from the four Western Junior A leagues have been invited, including 25 from the BCHL. By birth year, the invitees look like this: 1997s – 20 (19 year olds) 1998s – 30 1999s Read More »

25 BCHL players invited to Team Canada West camps

November 25, 2016 Hockey Canada has announced the tryout rosters for the upcoming 2016 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge. Sixty players from the four Western Junior A leagues have been invited, including 25 from the BCHL. Sixteen forwards, seven defencemen, and two goalies from the BCHL will be trying out for their chance to play for Read More »

Gould named WCHA rookie of the Week

    November 16, 2016 Following his older brother’s footsteps at Michigan Tech, Gavin Gould has wasted little time making his own mark. Gould was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) rookie of the week after posting two goals and a helper in the Huskies’ two-game sweep of rival Lake Superior State. His older Read More »

PG Cougars first to 10 Wins

  October 16, 2016 The Prince George Cougars are the first team in the Western Hockey League to arrive at the 10 win mark thanks to Saturday night’s triumph in Kennewick, WA. Less than 24 hours removed from a shootout victory in Seattle, the Cougars, who were playing their fourth game in five nights struck Read More »

BCHL this week, standings, leaders

  October 16, 2016 Here are the standings after this weekend’s BCHL games, along with current points leaders. The majority of teams have now played between 12 and 14 games, which means they’re at the quarter way point of the 58 game regular season schedule already. It’s still super tight on the Island, with four of Read More »

BCHL this week, standings, leaders

  October 11, 2016 Here are the recaps from games this past weekend’s BCHL games, along with current standings and points leaders. It’s still early and reasonably tight at the top of all three divisions, but clear signs of separation are starting to appear between the top contenders and the rest of the field.     Read More »

Chilliwack Tourney – PoE downs Delta in final

    October 11, 2016 The 31st version of the Chilliwack International Bantam Tournament wrapped up Monday, October 10, with Pursuit of Excellence defeating Delta Academy Prep 2-1 in the Elite final, after two tough semi-final match ups. PoE rolled through the round robin 3-0-0 with 36 GF and 1 GA; while Delta were also Read More »

Brandon, Seattle and PG in CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 2

September 28, 2016 Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week two edition of the CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2016-17 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts. The Brandon Wheatkings, last year’s WHL Champions were ranked second overall, Seattle 5th Read More »

Cougars down Rockets 2-1, now 4-0-0-0

  September 28, 2016 The Prince George Cougars defeated the Kelowna Rockets 2-1 on Hat-Trick Wednesday at Prospera Place in Kelowna, kicking off a stretch of three games between the teams. Both teams came out hard and physicality was a factor throughout. The Cougars drew first blood and took an early 1-0 lead 56 seconds into the Read More »

BCHL Showcase gets underway Sept. 21

  Sept. 20, 2016 The fifth Bauer BCHL Showcase begins Wednesday night at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack as the host Chiefs take on the defending RBC Cup champion West Kelowna Warriors. If you are new to the Showcase, it’s an event that brings all 17 BCHL clubs to one arena for four-plus days of hockey Read More »