COUGARS SIGN FORWARD KEEGAN CRAIK

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Keegan Craik

Prince George, B.C. – The first forward selected by the Prince George Cougars in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft has signed with the team. The Cougars are thrilled to announce that 2001-born forward Keegan Craik (Brentwood Bay, B.C.) has inked his Standard WHL Player Agreement becoming the fourth 2016 draftee this week to join the organization.
 
Craik (05/25/2001) is listed at 6’1”, 155 pounds and was selected by the Cougars in the fifth round of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft (97th Overall). In 25 games with the Delta Hockey Academy’s Bantam Prep Team, he tallied 16 goals, added six assists and contributed 50 penalty minutes. He also notched a goal, an assist and 12 penalty minutes in three playoff games.
 
In Mid-July, Craik will head to Shawnigan Lake, B.C. to participate in Team BC’s U-16 Summer Provincial Camp. The top 20 players from that camp will represent British Columbia at the 2016 Western Canadian U-16 Challenge Cup which is held annually in Calgary, AB in October.
 
Other notable recent fifth round picks from the Cougars include: Peter Kope (2014 – 93rd Overall), Lane Zablocki (2013 – 109th Overall, and was traded for Jesse Gabrielle), and Chase Witala (2010, 89th Overall and is now the franchise’s all-time leading scorer).
 
“It’s a great feeling to begin the next step of my hockey career with a great organization like the Prince George Cougars,” said Keegan Craik who prides himself his ability to score goals and to take the puck to the net hard. His two favorite NHL players are Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks) and Milan Lucic (LA Kings).
 
Keegan Craik is going to be a very good hockey player for the Prince George Cougars one day,” adds Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “He’s a big bodied forward who skates well and he’s committed to getting to the dirty areas of the ice to create scoring chances. He plays a solid two-way game that we covet in all of our forwards.”
 
Craik, like all 2001 draft picks is only eligible to play in five games in 2016-17 as an underager until his Midget team is done their season. He’ll be attending his first WHL Training Camp in August at the CN Centre.

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