Prince George Cougars General Manager Todd Harkins announced today the Cougars have acquired a third-round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft from the Lethbridge Hurricanes, in exchange defenceman Tate Olson (Saskatoon, SK).

“Tate has been with us since he was 16 and was a key piece to our BC Division championship team last season. With our youth movement on the blue-line, coupled with our 20-year-old situation, we had to make a move. It’s a great opportunity for Tate moving to the Hurricanes and the Eastern Conference, and we wish him all the best going forward,” stated GM Todd Harkins.

Olson played in 252 career regular season games spanning four seasons with the Cougars, compiling 23 goals and 107 points, to go along with 236 penalty-minutes. The Saskatchewan product was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the seventh round, 210th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft. Olson was originally selected by the Cougars in the second round, 24th overall, in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

With today’s trade, the Cougars’ roster now sits at 27 players: three goalies, nine defencemen and 15 forwards.