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COUGARS SIGN FOUR PLAYERS

Victoria Cougars head coach Suneil Karod must have liked what he saw during Spring Camp.  So much in fact he signed four players shortly thereafter.

“I was very happy with the turnout we had, especially the level of talent,” Karod said.  “The pace was faster than I expected and there were a lot of surprises for us.  It was nice to see players come in and work hard and try to earn a spot with us for this upcoming season.”

One of the signees includes 2001-born forward Rowan Miller.

As an affiliate player last year, Miller posted two goals and two assists in eight games for Victoria.  Miller suited up for two playoff games as well.

Standing 5’11 and weighing 150 pounds, the native of Scottsdale, Arizona, led the South Island Royals in scoring with 14 goals and 14 assists.

“I decided to join Victoria because I believe they would be the best program to develop me as a player and a person.  They have great coaches and personnel which is what makes the Cougars a winning program,” Miller said.  “They push the boundaries each and every day making their players improve.  I am here so they can make me the best player I can be.”

Also signing on the dotted line was Matthew Clark, a 2001-born forward.

Standing 5’10 and weighing 160 pounds, the Victoria, British Columbia native is a product of the prestigious Pacific Coast Hockey Academy.

“Matt has a natural touch with the puck and knows how to score, just look at his stats.  He has a quick hard release and will be a very dangerous player for us this year,” Karod said.

Clark finished sixth in team scoring with 20 goals and 10 assists in 35 games.

“I am excited about the opportunity to play this upcoming season with the Cougars,” Clark said.  “A dream does not become reality through magic.  It takes sweat, determination, and hard work and I can bring that.  I am grateful for this opportunity.”

2000-born forward Cole Ford was also signed.

“We had seen Cole play a few times last year when his team was down in Victoria and he was on our radar.  He plays a physical game and has an instinct and game awareness which you can’t teach,” Karod said.

A native of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Ford spent last season playing for Nanaimo Clippers Midget A1 and affiliating with the North Island Silvertips.

“It was a surprise to get signed,” Ford said, “I cannot wait to put on the Cougars uniform when the season rolls around and to be part of an organization that knows what it takes to be successful.”

And the fourth and final signee from Spring Camp was 2000-born forward Bryce Irwin.

Like Miller, the 5’9, 145 pound Victoria, British Columbia native affiliated with Victoria last year and did not look out of place at all against much older and faster competition.

“Irwin and Miller were impactful affiliates for us last year, playing our systems and weren’t afraid to showcase their talent all while fitting in our dressing room.  They are skilled guys that want to work hard,” Karod said.

In six games for the Cougars, Irwin recorded a goal and an assist.

Spring Camp ran May 4-6.

Details on training camp have not yet been released.  Stay tuned to www.victoriacougars.com for more information.

 

WADE FINDS NEW HOME WITH THE WILDCATS

The Victoria Cougars are pleased to announce that Kyle Wade has committed to play hockey at the University of Arizona for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

“I want to thank the entire Cougars organization for everything over the past two seasons,” Wade said.  “From the executive to the volunteers, it has been a great experience for me as a hockey player and a person.  Suneil [Karod], Brody [Coulter], and Jake [Stolz] pushed me to grow my game and helped me achieve my goal of playing college hockey.”

During his playing days in Victoria, Wade racked up 25 goals and 37 assists for 62 points in 77 games.

“I am very proud of Kyle.  He has worked hard in the past two seasons to earn this opportunity.  Kyle was a good leader for us on and off the ice and I know he will be successful in Arizona.  He played a large role in our success and we wish him the best of luck and I know they will like him and his style of game down there,” Cougars head coach Suneil Karod said.

In addition, Wade wanted to especially thank Tony Carlson and Tina Doehnel for everything they did on a day to day basis making sure the players had the best experience possible.

Wade joins former teammate Anthony Ciurro in the Grand Canyon State.

Based in Tucson, Arizona, the University of Arizona is located 2,742 kilometres south of Victoria.

 

COUGARS ADD SCORING PUNCH

The Victoria Cougars have acquired 1999-born forward Booker Chacalias and 1999-born forward Noah Kelly from the Nanaimo Buccaneers in exchange for future considerations.

“I am very happy with our recent acquisitions.  We are pushing to getting back to where we have been in the past as an organization by going after these two players,” Cougars head coach Suneil Karod said.

In 54 games last year, Chacalias scored 22 goals and added 30 assists for 52 points.

Kelly, meanwhile, recorded 19 goals and chipped in with 22 assists for 41 points in 52 games.

Both players are a welcome addition to a Cougars squad that managed to score only 145 goals last season.

“Booker is an offensive threat who knows how to find the back of the net.  Noah is a great two-way player that brings energy and tenacity to our front end,” Karod said.  “They are both great kids who would help any club.”

Although making Junior A is the goal for both players, Karod and his coaching staff will be focused on helping them pursue their aspirations and achieve their goals.

But if things do not work out for Chacalias and Kelly, both players will be gladly received.

“We will welcome Booker and Noah back with open arms if they find their way back to us.  They will fill a big role for us especially in the scoring department which we lacked last season,” Karod said.

Chacalias and Kelly were both named to the VIJHL Top Prospects Game for Team North last year.

Preparations for next season continue.

Registration for the Cougars Spring Camp, which runs May 4-6, is currently being accepted.

Log onto www.victoriacougars.com for more information.

 

WINS LEADER COMMITS TO ALABAMA

Patrick Ostermann has committed to the University of Alabama for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

“I can’t thank the Victoria Cougars enough for helping me reach my dream of playing university hockey.  I truly believe Victoria is one of the best junior programs in the country,” Ostermann said.  “The coaches, ownership, trainers, billets, board members, and volunteers are all top notch.”

Acquired via trade, Ostermann shined in his one year with Victoria.  The six-foot, 175-pound goaltender posted a 2.81 goals against average, a .912 save percentage, and led all VIJHL goaltenders with 19 wins.

“I’m very happy with Ozzy [Ostermann].  He worked very hard this past season and has earned the opportunity to be a starter at Alabama,” Cougars head coach Suneil Karod said.

The University of Alabama is an independent without a conference in the NCAA and play their games out of the Pelham Civic Complex.  They finished last season with an overall record of 23-9-1.

“I leaned on Ozzy heavily in and out of the room to be a leader and to make the saves we needed,” Karod said.  “Without him I don’t think we would have gotten as many wins as we had.  We wish him luck as he continues his hockey career.”

Ostermann will be studying pre-med.

Preparations for next season continue.

Registration for the Cougars Spring Camp, which runs May 4-6, is currently being accepted.

Log onto www.victoriacougars.com for more information.