Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Cougars are pleased to announce that 20-year-old forward Chase Witala (Prince George, B.C.) has been named a second team Western Conference All-Star.
Originally selected by the Prince George Cougars in the fifth round of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Witala, the Cougars MVP for 2015-16 has played 302 WHL games all with the Cougars. This season he led the Cougars in scoring with 40 goals and 39 assists for 79 points. For his career, Witala has registered 120 goals and 239 points, both of which are the most in Prince George Cougars franchise history.
“In a season full of milestones, it’s great to see Chase receive this type recognition from other Head Coaches and General Managers around the WHL,” said Prince George Cougars Head Coach, Mark Holick. “He is the type of player who in every way possible personifies what it means to represent the Prince George Cougars and the City of Prince George, and he is very deserving of this honor.”
Some of Witala’s accomplishments this season include:
- Reaching 239 career points (A franchise best).
- Reaching 120 career regular season goals (A franchise best).
- Finishing with 302 career regular season games played (Fourth most all-time).
- Scoring 40 goals becoming just the eighth Prince George Cougar ever to reach that mark.
- Being named WHL Player of the Month for December.
- Recording back-to-back hat-tricks in December, 2015 – First Cougar to accomplish that feat since Blake Robson in 2002-03.
Other notable Prince George Cougars all-stars from previous seasons include: Joel Kwiatkowski (97-98), Quinn Hancock (97-98), Gary Toor (99-00), Trent Hunter (99-00), Tyler Bouck (99-00), Christian Chartier (00-01) and Dan Hamhuis (00-01 and 01-02).
Witala and his teammates are now focusing in on their first round WHL Playoff matchup with the Seattle Thunderbirds. Game 1 goes Friday night at the ShoWare Center in Kent, WA at 7:35 PM while Game 2 is scheduled for 7:05 PM on Saturday, also in Kent, WA. Games 3 an 4 will be played in Prince George on Tuesday and Wednesday next week at 7:00 PM at the CN Centre.