Cougars recap 20th Anniversary season

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March 20, 2014, Prince George, B.C. (ISN) – The 2013-2014 Prince George Cougars season will be fondly remembered for a number of major franchise milestones that took place both on and off the ice.

The 20th anniversary season included a 50-goal scorer (Todd Fiddler), a new franchise-leading scorer (Troy Bourke), a rookie goaltender showcasing his abilities on the national stage (Ty Edmonds) and countless other positive developments that have this team heading in a terrific direction.

As we begin to close the books on 2013-2014, the Cougars organization recognizes and thanks our corporate sponsors and community partners, loyal fans, billets, volunteers, off-ice officials and media partners for their continued enthusiasm and support. A successful franchise requires many moving parts pulling in the same direction, and we were once again very fortunate to have such a strong support system in place.


The 2013 Prince George Cougars Alumni Hospital Charity Golf Tournament raised $43,130.43.

Consistent corporate and community support is essential for our team, and once again the Prince George Cougars were fortunate to have a number of local and national businesses and organizations associate their brand names with our hockey team. Year after year we are so excited to nurture and grow our relationships with the corporate community. Moreover, we appreciate the many opportunities afforded our players to make public appearances and to get up close and personal with fans of all ages. We are already hard at work putting together a plan of action for 2014-2015, and we strongly hope to join forces with your business as we move forward.


The entire Cougars organization got behind Pink in the Rink Night, raising funds for breast cancer research.

To our loyal fans and season-ticket holders old and new, thank you! Your excitement, knowledge and loyalty truly knows no bounds. Our generous fans also helped us raise $54,215 through our annual golf tournament and jersey auctions, in addition to the countless quantities of food, clothing items and toys donated for local families during our Christmas campaign. We hope the past 20 seasons have provided you and your families with much enjoyment  and excitement, and we look forward to sharing all of our future successes with you all. September can’t arrive soon enough, as the CN Centre is simply not the same without your presence.

We would also like to thank our billet families who generously opened up their homes and their lives to our players. Away from the rink, the billets play an integral role in not only providing food and shelter to our players, but also a listening ear, a helping hand or even just an escape from the daily rigours of hockey life. Player-billet relationships can often last a lifetime, and we cannot thank our billets enough for once again supporting and nurturing our team and players.

Tyler Mrkonjic (#10) celebrates the ‘Teddy Bear Goal’ on December 7, 2013 against the Tri-City Americans.
Tyler Mrkonjic (#10) celebrates the ‘Teddy Bear Goal’ on December 7, 2013 against the Tri-City Americans.

Once again we were very fortunate to have a group of hard-working and diligent volunteers and interns involved with our home games. Your efforts not only provided a safer and more enjoyable game-night experience, but also contributed to a friendly and upbeat atmosphere at our home games. One of the joys of coming to the rink night-after-night is knowing you’ll have the chance to interact with others who love the game as much as we do. To all of the volunteers and interns who selflessly devoted their personal time towards the betterment of the Prince George Cougars, thank you.

Without our core group of off-ice officials, the game night experience at the CN Centre would look vastly different. Whether it’s opening a penalty box door or counting the shots on goal, there is no job too big or too small. Your dedication to our franchise is appreciated more than you could ever know, and we thank you very much for your invaluable efforts. 

To our local and national media partners we are grateful for your consistent and informative coverage of our hockey team. Your presence at our games, practices and public appearances truly helped our exposure. Special thanks goes to CBC for allowing us to feature prominently in Scotiabank’s Hockey Day in Canada, and to 94X FM for a great first season of radio broadcasts.

 

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada on January 18 2014 was certainly a highlight home game of the season.

In 2013-2014 the Prince George Cougars improved their win total by six, and their point total by 12. Nine of our players achieved new season highs for points, including Todd Fiddler who became the second Cougar to ever score 50 goals in a season, and Troy Bourke who became the new franchise leading scorer with 236 career points. Rookie goaltender Ty Edmonds became the first Cougars netminder to ever suit up in the CHL NHL Top Prospects Game. We also had strong contributions from all of our first-year players, and steady improvements from players in our 1996 and 1995 age groups.  Our coaching and management staff are already hard at work preparing for the 2014-2015 season, which promises to be one of the most exciting and memorable seasons in recent memory.

 
Team Captain Troy Bourke became the new franchise leading scorer on March 15 2014.

In closing, we express our gratitude to everybody who watched, helped and supported the Prince George Cougars in 2013-2014, and we look forward to greater success both on and off the ice in 2014-2015 and beyond.

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