Prince George, B.C. – For the rest of September the Prince George Cougars will have another former Stanley Cup Champion defenceman in the fold. Cougars GM Todd Harkins announced today that two-time Stanley Cup winner Shawn Chambers (Sterling Heights, MI) has joined the team as an interim Assistant Coach.
Chambers’ NHL career spanned 13 seasons (625 regular season and 94 playoff games) with the Minnesota North Stars, Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils and Dallas Stars. He scored 50 career goals and added 185 assists and 364 penalty minutes during the regular season and added another seven goals and 26 assists during the playoffs. He played a big part in helping the New Jersey Devils (1994-95) and the Dallas Stars (1998-99) to the Stanley Cup. He and Cougars head coach Richard Matvichuk were teammates in Dallas.
“I’m very excited and honored to join the Prince George Cougars organization,” said Chambers who will be with the team behind the bench starting tonight in Kennewick, WA when the Cougars continue their preseason against the Tri-City Americans. “This is a great opportunity for me to get behind the bench in the premiere junior hockey league in the world. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Prince George Cougars organization and I’m excited to get going.”
“His knowledge, passion and experience are all really going to help us,” adds Cougars Head Coach Richard Matvichuk. “He’s played at the highest level against the best players in the world, and he’s committed to working with our group every day to help maximize their potential and make them the very best they can be.”
Before turning pro, Chambers played two years at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks before joining the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds in 1986-87.
Prince George Cougars Associate Coach Steve O’Rourke is not with the team in the Tri-Cities as he is attending to a health matter.