COUGARS SIGN DEFENCEMAN COLE BEAMIN
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Cougars are pleased to announce that 2001-born defenceman Cole Beamin (Saskatoon, SK) has signed a Standard WHL Player Agreement with the team.
Beamin (10/11/2001), who’s 6’3” and 189 pounds was selected by the Cougars in the second round (31st overall) in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. The right handed shooting defenceman suited up in 30 games for the Saskatoon Outlaws (Saskatchewan Bantam AA) and scored 10 goals, 12 assists and 64 penalty minutes. He added two goals and four assists in six playoff games. He also suited up in five games as an underager for the Saskatoon Contacts (SMAAAHL) and had one goal. Because of his late birthday status he won’t be NHL draft eligible until 2020.
“It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to get drafted to the WHL and to be a part of the Prince George Cougars organization is amazing,” said Beamin a day after he was selected by the Cougars in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft in Calgary. “Over the summer I’ll be focusing a lot on weight training, conditioning and skating in order to make sure I’m ready for my first WHL Training Camp.”
“We couldn’t believe that Cole was still available when we were on the clock and ready to pick in the second round,” comments Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “Having him signed and a part of our defense corps moving forward bodes very well for us. He’ll be a cornerstone of our blueline for many years to come.”
Earlier in the spring, Beamin was invited to attend Saskatchewan’s U-16 Provincial Camp, which will take place August 1st – 5th in Wilcox, SK. From there, Beamin will look to represent his province during the 2016 U-16 Challenge Cup which takes place in October in Calgary, AB.
Beamin joins the likes of Jonas Harkins (2015), Max Martin (2014) and Tate Olson (2012) who were all defenceman drafted in the second round by the Prince George Cougars. He’s now the second player from the Cougars 2016 draft class to sign a Standard WHL Player Agreement (The other being goaltender Taylor Gauthier). He will join the team for Training Camp in August and will be eligible for full-time WHL duty in 2017-18. He can play up to five games next season as an under-ager until his Midget team is done their season.