Prince George, BC (ISN) – Victoria hockey product Cody Carlson of the Prince George Cougars has signed a pro contract with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League.

The Prince George Cougars are pleased to announce that 20-year-old defenceman Cody Carlson, 20-year-old forward Spencer Asuchak, and 19-year-old forward Campbell Elynuik have signed professional contracts. Carlson is heading to Texas to play for the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees in the Central Hockey League.  Asuchak is California bound, and will be joining the Ontario Reign of the East Coast Hockey League.  Elynuik has signed an amateur tryout contract with the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League.

Cody Carlson (Victoria, B.C.) was the only Cougars player to suit up for all 72 games this season. He finished with nine goals and 39 points which led all Cougars defencemen. Carlson played over 300 games in the Western Hockey League and scored 25 career goals and 135 career points. The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees are currently ranked fourth in the CHL’s Berry Conference with a record of 30-27-7.

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Victoria native and former Prince George Cougar Cody Carlson has signed a pro contract with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the CHL (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN).

Asuchak (Kamloops, B.C.) finished the 2011-2012 season tied for the team lead in goals with 18, and he finished with a new season-high in points with 36. Asuchak played a total of 224 games in the Western Hockey League and recorded 49 goals and 95 career points along with 208 penalty minutes. Asuchak joins an Ontario squad that is currently ranked first in the ECHL’s Pacific Division. Through 65 games, the Reign are 39-18-5-3.

Elynuik (Calgary, AB) led the Prince George Cougars in penalty-minutes this season with 156. The 6’4, 190 pound winger was acquired by the Prince George Cougars in an October trade with the Regina Pats. Elynuik scored four goals, 11 points and tallied 132 penalty-minutes in 52 games with Prince George during the 2011-2012 season. Elynuik had previously spent parts of three seasons with the Everett Silvertips before being traded to Regina prior to the 2011-2012 season.

The Prince George Cougars wish to congratulate all three, and wish them all of the best in their professional hockey paths.