Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Cougars are excited to welcome over 100 players and their families to the City of Prince George for Training Camp, 2015. Training Camp for all players begins on Friday, August 28th at Noon and wraps up on the evening of Monday, August 31st.
This weekend fans will get their first look at the potential roster for the 2015-16 WHL season. NHL draftees Jansen Harkins (Winnipeg Jets, Round 2), Jesse Gabrielle (Boston Bruins, Round 4), Brad Morrison(New York Rangers, Round 4), Sam Ruopp (Columbus Blue Jackets, Round 5) and Tate Olson (Vancouver Canucks, Round 7) will take to the ice along with 20-year-old forward Chase Witala (38 goals in 2014-15) and 17-year-old draft eligible defenceman Josh Anderson (Chosen third overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft). 16-year-old Cougar hopefuls Justin Almeida (Drafted fifth overall in 2014) and Max Martin (Drafted 27th overall in 2014) are back for their second WHL Training Camps, while recent WHL bantam draftees Jackson Leppard (Eighth overall), Jonas Harkins (28thOverall) and Tyler Ho (66th Overall) aim to make a strong impression in their first WHL Training Camps.
“There definitely is an excitement in the air in the City of Prince George,” said Prince George Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “Last season the Prince George Cougars took a big step forward getting back to the playoffs, and now it’s all about continuing our positive momentum. It all starts with Training Camp which we know is going to be extremely competitive with many returning talented players and young eager prospects knocking on the door.”
Registration begins at Noon on Friday and will go until 2:00 PM. A welcome meeting will then take place at 2:30 PM before the 1999 and 2000-born players will take the ice for a Young Guns Game at 4:00 PM.
A full day of scrimmages takes place on Saturday, August 29th starting at10:00 AM and running all the way through 9:15 PM. Players will then return to the CN Centre on Sunday at 10:00 AM for more scrimmages and meetings, which will run until 9:15 PM.
All of the remaining players at camp will participate in a Black vs. White Intra-squad game at 7:00 PM Monday evening at CN Centre. Admission for the Black vs. White game will be free.
You can find a complete Training Camp schedule below:
August 26: Training Camp begins for all returning Players and 2015-16 Prospects.
7:00 am to 6:00 pm – Wingate Test and Off Ice Testing – UNBC (Charles Jago Northern Sports Centre)
9:00 am – 6:00 pm – Max VO2 – UNBC (Charles Jago Northern Sports Centre)
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Goalie Session
August 28: Training Camp begins for all Players
12-2pm – Player Registration – Front lobby of CN Centre
2:30pm – Training Camp Meeting to be held in concession area of the Kin 1 Arena
4-6pm – Young Guns Game (Team Betts vs. Team Connolly)
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Goalie Session
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Team Chara vs Team Byfuglien
12:15 pm – 2:15 pm Team Hamhuis vs Team Brewer
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Goalie Session
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Team Chara vs Team Brewer
7:15 pm – 9:15 pm Team Hamhuis vs Team Byfuglien
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Team Chara vs Team Hamhuis
12:15 pm – 2:15 pm Team Brewer vs Team Byfuglien
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Goalie Session
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Team Chara Team Byfuglien
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Team Hamhuis vs Team Brewer
7:00 pm White vs Black Intra-squad game
*All Training Camp scrimmages and games are open to the public at no charge.