Prince George, BC (ISN) – The Prince George Cougars are pleased to announce that 1994-born forward Troy Bourke (Onoway, AB) has been selected 72nd overall (third round) by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

In just his second full season in the WHL, Bourke led the Prince George Cougars in scoring. He scored 18 goals, 38 assists and added 56 penalty minutes. He played in 71 games.

Troy Bourke represented Canada recently at the 2012 World Under-18 Championship in the Czech Republic. He recorded seven assists in seven games, and was instrumental in helping Canada earn a bronze medal.

Bourke also suited up for Team Pacific at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge that took place in Winnipeg and Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. Bourke had eight points in six games during that tournament and helped lead Team Pacific to a bronze medal.

Bourke, a life-long Colorado Avalanche fan, becomes the first ever Prince George Cougars prospect to be selected by the Colorado Avalanche franchise.