PRINCE GEORGE, BC– The Prince George Cougars Hockey Club is excited to announce the hiring of Taylor Dakers as the organization’s first full-time Goaltending Coach.

Dakers comes to Prince George with plenty of experience, as he spent the past five seasons with the Red Deer Rebels and one season with the Everett Silvertips prior to that.

“We’re excited about the future of our organization’s goaltending and we felt we needed to invest in that position. Having Taylor here, full-time, is an invaluable asset to our young goalies,” said Eric Brewer, shareholder EDGEPRo Sports & Entertainment.

Under Dakers’ tutelage, the Rebels goaltenders picked up quite a few accolades this past season. Ethan Anders was named the WHL’s Rookie of the Month for January, Riley Lamb was named the CHL Goaltender of the Week in February, and three times a Rebels’ goaltender was named the WHL Goaltender of the Week.

“First and foremost, I’d like to thank Brent Sutter and the Rebels organization for how they treated my family and I for the past five seasons,” said Dakers. “I’m excited to join the Cougars organization and I feel like the city of Prince George, the Cougars organization and the coaching staff is a great fit.”

The Langley, BC, product played four seasons in the WHL with the Kootenay ICE from 2003-2007. Dakers was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round, 140th overall, in the 2005 NHL Draft. He went on to play two seasons in the Sharks organization, splitting his time in the AHL with the Worcester Sharks and with their ECHL affiliate, the Phoenix Roadrunners.