May 1, 2014, Prince George, B.C. – With the fifth overall selection in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, the Prince George Cougars are proud to select forward Justin Almeida (Kitimat, B.C.) of the North Shore Winter Club.

Almeida (5’7, 130 pounds) is a left-handed shooting center who the Cougars feel will add strong depth and skill to the organization.

“Justin has a very high hockey IQ,” said Prince George Cougars Head Scout and Director of Player Personnel, Todd Harkins moments after making the selection. “He’s very quick around the ice and likes to go to the net and make plays. We’re excited to have him as a member of the Prince George Cougars.”

In 70 games with the North Shore Winterclub, Almeida tallied 80 goals and 67 assists for 147 points and 190 penalty minutes. He also added five goals and seven points during the Western Canadian Bantam Championships.

Almeida joins an impressive list of forwards selected in the first round by the Prince George Cougars. Other notable recent first round forward selections include: Jansen Harkins (2012), Brad Morrison (2012), Alex Forsberg (2010) and Brett Connolly (2008).

The Prince George Cougars are next scheduled to pick 27th overall in the second round of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.