The Victoria Cougars announced that Tyler Pang has been signed by the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
Playing as a 17-year-old-rookie last year, the Victoria-born defenseman had 11 goals and 29 assists for 40 points in 64 games.
“When we committed to Tyler last summer, our goal was to develop his game and move him on after one season,” Cougars head coach Suneil Karod said. “Tyler was committed to making the jump to Junior A. He worked hard with [associate coach] Jake Stolz and worked on extra video before and after each game.”
Despite not receiving much exposure locally, Karod made sure Pang received the attention he deserved over the course of the year and summer.
“I think some BCHL and AJHL teams missed out on a three-year player. Tyler is an agile, smart, and quick defenseman who uses his skating ability to escape trouble. Not only that, he is very offensive minded,” Karod praised.
Pang mentioned that his season with the Cougars contributed to his successful development on and off the ice and playing in various game situations such as the power play and penalty kill enabled him to prove himself, gain confidence, and push him to become a better all-around player.
“I have met and worked alongside some of the friendliest and caring teammates, coaching staff, and volunteers,” Pang said. “I am truly proud to have been a part of the Cougars family and would like to thank them for giving me the tools to move on to Junior A and pushing me every day to be a better hockey player and even better person.”
Sherwood Park has been part of the AJHL since 1978 and during that time has won five division titles and three regular season titles.
Pang joins Kenny Britton (University of Victoria, BCIHL), Anthony Ciurro (University of Arizona, WCHL), Grayden Hohl (University of Central Oklahoma, WCHL), Branden Tangney (University of Colorado, WCHL), and Tyler Vanuden (Brooks Bandits, AJHL) from the squad of 2016-17 who have moved on to a higher level of hockey.