Josh Curtis has been named the 24thcaptain in franchise history

The Prince George Cougars announced that forward Josh Curtis has been named the 24thcaptain in franchise history.

Along with Curtis being named captain, the Cougars have also announced four alternate captains in Joel Lakusta, Jackson Leppard, Josh Maser and Ryan Schoettler.

“Just seeing how Curtis carries himself and the respect he gets from his teammates and coaches makes him a true leader for this group,” commented Cougars’ General Manger, Mark Lamb. “We have a number of guys with the same qualities that we think makes a strong leadership group going forward.”

“Josh is everything you want in a captain,” said head coach Richard Matvichuk. “He does everything right, even the little things, and he’s the guy you want your younger players following.”

Curtis was originally selected by the Cougars in the eighth-round, 156thoverall, in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. The 20-year-old from Winnipeg, Manitoba enters his fourth and final season in the WHL. Curtis has played in 154 career regular season games with the Cougars and has compiled 18 goals, 52 assists for 70 points. He has one assist in seven career playoff games as well. Last season, Curtis set a career high in assists (27) and points (36) and also matched his career-high in goals (nine).

“It’s truly special, an honour to wear a ‘C’ for this organization,” said newly anointed captain Josh Curtis. “One of my goals this season was to be one of the leaders. I wanted to lead this team and instill a winning culture, and I feel we have a great leadership group now in place that can do that.”

The coaching staff also announced goaltender Taylor Gauthier and forwards Ilijah Colina and Mike MacLean as part of the team’s leadership group.

The Cougars open the 2018-2019 WHL regular season tonight against the Victoria Royals; puck drop is at 7:05 pm.