Prince George, B.C. – Another member of the 2015-16 Prince George Cougars is about to get a taste of pro hockey. The Prince George Cougars are pleased to announce that 1997-born forward Jesse Gabrielle (Moosomin, SK) has signed an Amateur Try Out Agreement with the Providence Bruins, the American Hockey League affiliate for the NHL’s Boston Bruins. He arrived in Providence, RI earlier this week and was added to the team’s roster today.
Drafted by the Boston Bruins in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft, Gabrielle was acquired by the Cougars just over a month later in an August trade with the Regina Pats. In 72 games this season with the Cougars, Gabrielle finished tied for the team lead in goals (40) and second in points (75). He also chimed in with 101 penalty minutes and finished second in the entire WHL with seven shorthanded goals. Gabrielle is the youngest Cougar ever to reach the 40 goal mark (one of just two players to ever do so in their 18-year-old season) and in March, 2016 he won the Dorothy Johnson Memorial Award given each season to the Cougar ‘fan favorite.’ He also received the Troy Bourke Award given to the team’s top offensive performer.
In 189 career WHL games (Brandon, Regina, Prince George), Gabrielle has registered 75 goals, 70 assists and 288 penalty minutes with a +4 rating. He has also scored five goals and added seven assists and 35 penalty minutes in 21 career playoff games. In 2013 he represented Team West at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
“Jesse took some major steps forward this season in all areas of his game,” said Prince George Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “We knew we were getting a special player when we acquired him in the summer, and we are thrilled that his first season in Prince George was a successful one. We’re proud of him and he’s very deserving of this opportunity.”
Gabrielle is the third Cougar in less than a week to sign an Amateur Try Out Contract in the American Hockey League. He joins Chase Witala (Toronto Marlies) and Jansen Harkins (Manitoba Moose).