The Prince George Cougars have made several roster moves ahead of the WHL Christmas break, General Manager Todd Harkins announced Tuesday.
The Cougars have signed 20-year-old forward Nic Holowko off of WHL waivers. Holowko started the season with the Kamloops Blazers before being released. In seven games with the Blazers, Holowko had three goals and four points. The Burnaby, BC, product is a veteran of over four seasons and over 200 games in the WHL with Seattle, Kamloops and Prince Albert. In 208 career regular season games, Holowko has compiled 21 goals and 53 points to go along with 100 penalty-minutes.
In a corresponding move, the Cougars have placed fellow 20-year-old forward Brogan O’Brien on the Injured Reserve (lower-body) and he is listed as month-to-month. O’Brien suffered a lower-body injury Sunday in the Cougars’ game against Victoria. The Prince George native was fourth in team scoring with 10 goals and 21 points in 29 games.
The 6’1, 190-pound Holowko will add some much-needed size and experience says General Manager Todd Harkins, “He’s a veteran piece that we can insert into our line-up after losing O’Brien on the weekend. Nic is a power-forward, who fits in very well with our style of play and he’ll add some grit to our forward group.”
“Losing Brogan is significant, as he’s such a terrific leader on and off the ice, and he was really coming into his own. You can’t replace that type of character in your dressing room but we know we have a group that can rally around their injured teammate.”
Prince George has also recalled 16-year-old Cole Beamin from the Saskatoon Contacts of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League (SMAAAHL). The 6’3, 210-pound rear-guard is an Alternate Captain with the Contacts and has a pair of goals and six points in 18 games in the SMAAAHL. Beamin was the Cougars second-round pick, 31st overall, in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. His call-up coincides with Captain Dennis Cholowski being at Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp in St. Catherines, Ontario.
Holowko will wear number 17 and Beamin will wear number 19, and both could make their Cougar debuts tonight against the Victoria Royals.