Prince George Cougars
|Prince George Cougars|
|City||Prince George, British Columbia|
|League||Western Hockey League|
|Home arena||CN Centre|
|Colours||Red, copper and black
|General manager||Todd Harkins|
|Head coach||Richard Matvichuk|
|1994–present||Prince George Cougars|
The Prince George Cougars are a Canadian major junior ice hockey team currently members of the B.C. Division of the Western Conference in the Western Hockey League (WHL). The team is based in Prince George, British Columbia, and plays its home games at the CN Centre, formally known as the Prince George Multiplex. The Cougars were founded in 1971 as the Victoria Cougars, but later moved to Prince George in 1994. On March 19, 2014, after months of rumours, a team of local investors led by Greg Pocock, along with NHLers Dan Hamhuis and Eric Brewer, agreed in principle to purchase the Prince George Cougars. The deal was approved by the WHL Board of Governors on April 30 the same year.
The Prince George Cougars played the 1994–95 season at the Prince George Coliseum, along the Tier II Prince George Spruce Kings, until the construction of the team's own arena was complete. The Cougars' logo for their first season in Prince George closely resembled that of the Victoria Cougars'. For the 1995–96 season, the Cougars moved into their new home, the Prince George Multiplex, since renamed the CN Centre. A new logo was also unveiled the same season.
The Cougars' most successful playoff run came during the 2006–07 season. Prince George achieved their first sweep of the Kamloops Blazers in a best-of-seven-game series, proceeded to defeat the top-ranked Everett Silvertips in six games and reached the Western Conference finals for the third time, which they ultimately they lost in five games to the eventual 2007 Memorial Cup champions, the Vancouver Giants.
The Cougars are the only team in WHL history to draft two brothers in the first round of the WHL Bantam Draft. Jesse Forsberg, a defenceman, was drafted 11th overall by the Cougars in 2008, and his younger brother Alex, a centre, was taken first overall in 2010.
After months of rumours, it was announced on March 19 that a team of local investors led by Greg Pocock, along with current NHLers and former Cougars Dan Hamhuis and Eric Brewer, had agreed in principle to purchase the Prince George Cougars. The price of the sale was undisclosed, and the official confirmation of the sale occurred on April 30 after approval from the WHL Board of Governors. Cougars Owner Rick Brodsky and Vice President Brandi Brodsky declined to comment at the time of the sale.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|1994–95||72||14||55||3||-||229||392||31||7th West||Out of playoffs|
|1995–96||72||17||53||2||-||219||340||36||7th West||Out of playoffs|
|1996–97||72||28||39||5||-||238||287||61||6th West||Lost West Division final|
|1997–98||72||43||24||5||-||311||236||91||3rd West||Lost West Division semi-final|
|1998–99||72||34||32||6||-||255||264||74||4th West||Lost West Division quarter-final|
|1999–2000||72||43||20||4||5||279||228||95||2nd West||Lost West Division final|
|2000–01||72||31||33||4||4||242||266||70||5th West||Lost West Division quarter-final|
|2001–02||72||34||27||9||2||244||215||79||3rd B.C.||Lost Western Conference quarter-final|
|2002–03||72||26||41||3||2||257||317||57||5th B.C.||Lost Western Conference quarter-final|
|2003–04||72||30||34||7||1||214||236||68||5th B.C.||Out of playoffs|
|2004–05||72||26||41||3||2||158||223||57||5th B.C.||Out of playoffs|
|2005–06||72||35||31||2||4||195||195||76||4th B.C.||Lost Western Conference quarter-final|
|2006–07||72||33||31||3||5||221||217||74||3rd B.C.||Lost Western Conference final|
|2007–08||72||20||48||1||3||172||304||44||5th B.C.||Out of playoffs|
|2008–09||72||25||44||0||3||188||298||53||4th B.C.||Lost Western Conference quarter-final|
|2009–10||72||12||56||1||3||172||327||28||5th B.C.||Out of playoffs|
|2010–11||72||33||35||2||2||258||265||70||4th B.C.||Lost Western Conference quarter-final|
|2011–12||72||24||46||0||2||166||357||50||5th B.C.||Out of playoffs|
|2012–13||72||21||43||2||6||177||273||50||4th B.C.||Out of playoffs|
|2013–14||72||27||35||3||5||238||305||62||4th B.C.||Out of playoffs|
|2014–15||72||31||36||2||3||222||295||67||3rd B.C.||Lost Western Conference quarter-final|
|2015–16||72||36||31||3||2||240||225||77||4th B.C.||Lost Western Conference quarter-final|
|2016–17||72||45||21||3||3||253||201||96||1st B.C.||Lost Western Conference quarter-final|
|Team records for a single season|
|Most wins||43||1997–98; 1999–2000|
|Most goals for||311||1997–98|
|Fewest goals for||158||2004–05|
|Fewest goals against||195||2005–06|
|Most goals against||392||1994–95|
|Individual player records for a single season|
|Most goals||Quinn Hancock||54||1997–98|
|Most assists||Jansen Harkins||59||2014-15|
|Most points||Quinn Hancock||112||1997–98|
|Most points, rookie||Brogan O'Brien||56||2015-16|
|Most points, defenceman||Christian Chartier||68||2000–01|
|Most penalty minutes||Clayton Catellier||287||1994–95|
|Most games played (Goalie)||Scott Myers||66||1998–99|
|Best GAA (goalie)||Scott Bowles||2.40||2005–06|
|Most shutouts (goalie)||Scott Bowles||6||2005–06|
|Goalies = minimum 1500 minutes played|
Updated June 24, 2017.
The following alumni of the Prince George Cougars have played in the National Hockey League.
Dustin Byfuglien became the first ex-Cougar to win the Stanley Cup as a member of the 2010 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. He was followed the subsequent season by Zdeno Chara, captain of the Boston Bruins, who won the Stanley Cup in 2011.
Uniforms and logos
The Cougars colours are red, white and black. Home jerseys have a white upper portion, with a burgundy lower portion, separated by a diagonal black stripe. Away jerseys have a black upper portion, with a burgundy lower portion, separated by a diagonal white stripe. Prince George's third jersey features a redesigned logo (inset), on a burgundy jersey, with black, grey and white trim on the lower portion. On August 20, 2008, the Cougars unveiled a new logo, resembling closer to the third logo than the second, and was designed by Mike Doran of Splash Media.
- "Mavericks Coach Matvichuk Moving On". OurSports Central. 2 June 2016.
- "Cougars Sale Approved By WHL Governors". CKPG NEWS.
- "Cougars, Investors Reach Deal In Principle For Sale Of Team". CKPG NEWS.
- WHL Network, Western Hockey League, retrieved 2017-06-24