Prince George, B.C. – Prince George Cougars General Manager Todd Harkins announced today that Bartek Bison (Amsterdam, NL), Luka Zorko (Novo Mesto, SI) and Riley Mohr (Regina, SK) have signed Standard WHL Player Agreements with the Prince George Cougars.
Bison, a 1998-born forward was selected 20th overall by the Prince George Cougars in the 2015 CHL Import Draft. He checks in at 6’3”, 187 pounds and played last season with Jungadler Mannheim in the German Development League (DNL). In 29 games last season with the Jungadler Mannheim U19 team, the 17-year-old Bison scored four goals, and added four assists along with 39 penalty minutes playing alongside and against players two years older. In four playoff games, Bison scored one goal and added two penalty minutes. He suited up for The Netherlands in the Division 2A Under-20 World Junior Hockey Championships and registered three points (2G, 1A) and was a +3 in four games. In 2013-14, he split his time with the Jungadler Mannheim U-16 (9G, 10A, 16 GP) and U-18 (1G, 2A, 20 GP) teams where he combined for 10 goals, 12 assists and 134 penalty minutes in 36 games. Jungadler Mannheim won the DNL league championship in each of the past two seasons
“Everything we heard about Bartek from our contacts and NHL scouts in Europe is true,” said Prince George Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “Bartek has made an excellent first impression with the management team, the coaching staff and his teammates since arriving in Prince George. We love his character, his professionalism and his excitement to play in North America and for the City of Prince George. He’s a dynamic skater with terrific size and speed and he plays a big bodied game. I have no doubt that his skill set will translate well into our league and ultimately to professional hockey.”
Zorko, a 1997-born defenceman was selected 80th overall by the Prince George Cougars in the 2015 CHL Import Draft. The 6’5”, 205 pounder has spent each of the past two seasons playing in the Russian Junior Hockey League (MHL) with Atlanty Mytishchi. This season he dressed in 33 games and scored two goals, four assists and 26 penalty minutes and was a +2. Internationally, Zorko represented Slovenia in both the U-20 D1A and U-18 D1B World Junior Tournaments and captured a silver medal in the U-18 tournament. The previous season (2013-14) Zorkowon a bronze medal with Slovenia in the U-18 D1B World Junior tournament.
“Since arriving in Prince George, Luka has worked very hard in all areas of his game, and the results have been obvious,” said Prince George Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “He skates well, finishes his checks and he’s remarkably skilled for a defenceman with his height and build. The Prince George Cougars have had success over the years finding and developing big, physically imposing defencemen like Zdeno Chara and Martin Marincin. Luka Zorko has that same type of upside.”
Mohr, a 1997-born defenceman was a free agent invite to Prince George Cougars Training Camp. He stands 6’2”, weighs 180 pounds and spent last season with the Regina Pat Canadians of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA League. In 43 games last season, Mohr scored one goal, added nine assists and registered 14 penalty minutes. He added two assists and 17 penalty minutes in six playoff games, and also tallied two points in seven games during the 2014-15 Telus Cup tournament.
“We are thrilled to have Riley Mohr as a part of our organization,” addsTodd Harkins. “He has an excellent track record of success. He logged major minutes last season for the Regina Pat Canadians and was an integral part of their successful season where they captured a bronze medal at the Telus Cup, and a second place finish at the Mac’s Tournament. He’s a winner and has worked relentlessly leading up to Training Camp to put himself in this position. All of his success to this point in his career is well deserved and the sky is the limit for his success at this level and beyond.”
Bartek Bison, Luka Zorko and Riley Mohr will all be making the trip to the Okanagan this weekend as the Prince George Cougars get set to start their preseason with games in Kamloops (Friday) and Kelowna (Saturday).