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The Cougars Add Scoring Power for 2019/2020 Season

The Cougars coaches staff has kept busy in the off-season to fill gaps for next year. The Victoria Cougar’s would like to welcome Carson Jones, the Eden Prairie, Minnesota native, for the 2019-2020 season. With players potentially moving up to Junior A next season and school commitments the coaching staff felt they needed to continue to work hard to keep consistency in their bid to repeat as VIJHL Champions.

“Winning in this league has become very difficult to do,” said Head Coach Suneil Karod. “There’s parity in the league and everyone is working 12 months of the year to try and win. When you’re recruiting against good coaches and organizations you compete for the same players. You win some, you lose some and I think with Carson Jones we won big.” The 5’11” 180lbs power forward is a smart, skilled explosive player that will fit well with the Cougars high octane offence. Jones spent the last 2 season in the USHS in Minnesota playing for Eden Prairie High. In 28 games Jones recorded 27 points.

“We’re expecting Jones to fill the absence left by Vanuden,” continued Karod. “Having spent time getting to know the family and watching Carson play, I think he’s poised to be a great player in our league.”
The cougars are definitely reloading for a run to defend their title in a league that has become very skilled and exciting to watch no matter which two teams are playing. Watch our social media and stay tuned for more commitment announcements in the near future.

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Cougars Add Veteran Presence To The Blue Line

The Victoria Cougars would like to welcome Joey Petronack for the 2019-2020 season. The right handed defenceman, a native of Maplewood Minnesota, is a much needed veteran presence to help replenish the cougars backend. After losing 20 year olds Ewert, McBean and Okino, this is something Head Coach Suneil Karod spent time looking for.

“I’m very happy that Joey decided to sign with us,” said Karod. “We had some big holes to fill and I think Joey is a smart, smooth skating player that can immediately step in to play big minutes. He’s more than capable of running a power play and shutting down top lines. He’s a great addition.”

The 5’11” 175lbs Petronack spent three season in the Minnesota US High School league, which has been touted as one of the premier High School leagues in the country. In 95 games Petronack had 38 points with 50 PIMs. Last season was spent with the North Iowa Bulls in the NA3HL, where Petronack amassed 28 points in 38 games with 68 PIMs, and affiliated with the Steinbach Pistons of the MJHL, seeing action with them throughout the year.

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Cougars Alum Tyler Vanuden Commits to Finlandia of NCAA Div 3.

The Cougars are proud to announce that Tyler Vanuden has committed to Finlandia of NCAA Div3!

TYLER – “The cougars have been a first class organization from the first day I stepped foot into the locker room and the coaches have helped develop my game and turned me into a more well-rounded and complete player. I’d like to thank everyone in the organization for helping me reach this goal and I enjoyed my time with the team.”

HC KAROD – “Tyler has been an outstanding Cougar over the past few seasons. He’s exactly what you want in a hockey player. He’s a great leader, a role model to younger players and he definitely performed on the ice when it counted. I can’t remember the last time I saw someone take over an entire league in players like he did. I’m very happy for him and he’s earned this opportunity.”

Congrats to Tyler, and good luck in your new school and hockey career!

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Year End Statement From President George Linger.

Our 2018-19 season has just ended, and the planning begins for next season. We are the VIJHL Champions and silver medalist at the Cyclone Taylor Cup. We are very proud of the whole organization, as it takes the whole team of volunteers, sponsors, executive, coaches, and players to strive for excellence. Those are the accomplishments in the game itself, but the real benefits are the relationships the players make with their team mates, the organization and the community. We all realize, what it means to be part of the team and working together, to accomplish a goal.

I have never seen a group of volunteers and coaches like ours that are so dedicated to our program. I thank you all for all the countless hours you put in and for the big and little things you do for this organization. Without you we could not succeed.

I would like to thank all our corporate sponsor for their continued support. We have had some sponsors for over 20 years. That is an amazing commitment. Our sponsors are all local businesses that are committed to the local community. Without your support we could not run our program. Please check out our website to find out who they are, and I ask you all to please support our local businesses.

I would like to thank our partners in the VIJHL for continuing to look at ways for us all to improve our product on and off the ice. The caliber of hockey has continued to get better and if you have not been out to view a game recently, I ask you to check our League website ( for our schedule starting in September and take in a game.

Our team is operated by a Non-Profit Society. This allows us to put back every dollar we receive into the program. The Cougar name has a long-standing tradition in Victoria and we plan on continuing that tradition.

A huge thank you to our dedicated fans. I have seen some fans that have been there since the team started in the late nineties. We would like to see more fans come out and enjoy the entertainment. Watch our website for our new Family Plan coming for the coming season. Check our website

Thank you to the players and parents that have selected to be a part of our program. To the graduating player we hope that you have enjoyed your time with the Cougars and take some memories with you that will last a lifetime. I ask you to remember and become part of our Alumni.

I would like to thank all the VIJHL Executives, Game Officials and BC Hockey for all the time and effort that goes into the planning and delivery of the program in BC. We appreciate all your efforts.

What can I say about the Recreation Department and the Community of Esquimalt? They have supported our Organization for 20 years. The Archie Browning center is our home. The Cougars are your team, so join us in the fall and let’s get the Arch Rockin!

To all our Fans put September 5th on your calendar and join us for our Home opener of the 2019-20 season.

Thank you

George Linger

The Victoria Cougars
Junior Hockey Club

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