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COUGARS SPRING CAMP 2017

Victoria Cougars 2017 Spring Camp

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The Victoria Cougars are pleased to announce the dates for their 5th annual “Spring Camp”.  This camp is a great chance for players and parents to gain exposure to Junior hockey and the Cougars program.  In addition it will provide an opportunity to meet the Cougars’ coaching staff and several of the club’s Directors.

 

A number of this season’s players will be moving to Jr. A, WHL, or College, leaving many roster spots open for next season. Our club anticipates needing to replace over half our roster for the 2017/2018 season.

 

Players from this camp will be considered for our 2017-18 team. In addition we will be identifying players we may affiliate with our club for next season.

 

Cost for this camp is $180.

 

Spots at Spring Camp will not be guaranteed without receipt of payment.

 

If you are serious about being a part of the Cougars organization you should attend this camp.

 

The camp will open the evening of Friday May 5th, 2017 at the Oak Bay Recreation Centre.

Below is the tentative schedule for this year’s camp. Further information will be provided at check-in:

Friday May 5                      7:30pm                                 Player check-in and assignment to team

8:00pm to 9:45pm            On-ice sessions

 

Saturday May 6                 10:45am to 1:45pm          On-ice sessions

4:30pm to 7:30pm            On-ice sessions

 

Sunday May 7                              8:30am to 11:30am          On-ice sessions

Noon                                     Player exit interviews with the coaching staff

 

More specific camp information will be supplied to the registrants at the player check-in prior to the start of camp.

 

For directions to the Oak Bay Recreation Centre please visit

https://www.oakbay.ca/parks-recreation/facilities-rentals/recreation-centres/oak-bay-recreation-centre

 

SPECIAL NOTE FOR GOALIES:  To ensure sufficient playing time we are restricting the number of GOALIE participants to 6.

 

Refunds:

No refunds will be payable to any player who drops out, or cancels for any reason except major injury after the start of camp. Players who withdraw prior to the start of camp will be assessed a $50 administration fee from any refund payable.

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SPACES ARE LIMITED SO YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER EARLY

CAN THE COUGARS DEFEND THEIR TITLE?

For the first time ever, the Victoria Cougars will open the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League playoffs against the Westshore Wolves.

Game 1 goes this Thursday at the Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt.

Victoria and the Wolves have met once before in the playoffs. Two years ago, the Cougars swept Westshore four-games-to-none in the South Island Division Finals.

Goaltender Anthony Ciurro and defenseman Ryan Vorster of Victoria as well as forwards Cory Hatcher and Nicholas Polomark of the Wolves are the only remaining players from that series.

The Cougars (35-8-0-5), who won the Andy Hebenton Trophy for the seventh straight year after posting the most points than any other team during the regular season, have guaranteed themselves home ice advantage throughout the entirety of the VIJHL playoffs.

Entering the game on Thursday, Victoria has won its last nine games.   The defending VIJHL champion Cougars finished the regular season with the second best offense, scoring a total of 208 goals. On the other hand, Suneil Karod’s squad was the best defensive team in the league, allowing just 124 goals against.

Victoria also possessed the top penalty killing unit, having surrendered only 34 power play goals. And their power play was also tops in the VIJHL, notching 57 goals for an efficiency rate of 23.85 percent.

Head-to-head, the Cougars went 6-2-0-0 versus Westshore during the regular season. Victoria outscored the Wolves by a margin of 35-20 in the process.

Grayden Hohl has given Westshore fits all season long. The Cougars leading scorer recorded 14 points in the eight meetings.

Points-wise, Victoria heads into the playoffs with 11 players posting 30 points or more. That is the most of any team in the VIJHL.

A workhorse all season for the Cougars, Ciurro went 18-6-0-4 while compiling a 2.48 goals against average, a .917 save percentage, and one shutout in 29 games. If Ciurro needs a rest, former Prince George Spruce Kings goalie Liam McCloskey is more than capable of stepping in.

Westshore (20-23-2-3) finished fourth in the South Island Division, one point back of the Kerry Park Islanders.

Brandon Tutte led the Wolves in scoring with 18 goals and 21 assists for 39 points. One of the lowest scoring teams in the VIJHL, Westshore finished 60 goals behind the Cougars.

If the Wolves have any chance of advancing to the next round, they must keep Victoria off the power play. The Cougars scored eight times in 47 opportunities.

On the back end, Zach Benson, Michael Jensen, Clark Pickup, Mitch Popp, Stephen Stiliadis, Jake Watson, and the always dependable Joe Gage will all have their hands full in slowing down Victoria’s multitude of offensive weapons.

Shawn Parkinson and Jordan Spandli are the last line of defense for Westshore.

Other playoff matches include: Kerry Park Islanders vs. Saanich Braves. Peninsula Panthers vs. Campbell River Storm. Comox Valley Glacier Kings vs. Nanaimo Buccaneers.

 

GAME 1:   Thursday, February 23, 2017

Westshore Wolves @ Victoria Cougars

Archie Browning Sports Centre

7:00 p.m.

 

GAME 2:   Friday, February 24, 2017

Victoria Cougars @ Westshore Wolves

The Q Centre

6:30 p.m.

 

GAME 3:   Sunday, February 26, 2017

Westshore Wolves @ Victoria Cougars

Archie Browning Sports Centre

3:30 p.m.

 

GAME 4:   Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Victoria Cougars @ Westshore Wolves

The Q Centre

7:00 p.m.

 

GAME 5 (if necessary): Thursday, March 2, 2017

Westshore Wolves @ Victoria Cougars

Archie Browning Sports Centre

7:00 p.m.

 

GAME 6 (if necessary): Saturday, March 4, 2017

Victoria Cougars @ Westshore Wolves

The Q Centre

4:30 p.m.

 

GAME 7 (if necessary): Sunday, March 5, 2017

Westshore Wolves @ Victoria Cougars

Archie Browning Sports Centre

3:30 p.m.

COUGARS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: GRAYDEN HOHL

Grayden Hohl is the Victoria Cougars Player of the Week for the period ending February 20.

In two games last week, Hohl scored two goals against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings and one goal against the Campbell River Storm.

“Grayden scored three massive goals in our two wins this past week,” Cougars associate coach Brody Coulter said.  “He has become a leader in our dressing room and he continues to get better on the ice.”

After scoring the tying goal with 8.7 seconds remaining in regulation on Thursday, Hohl was awarded the game’s first star.

“We are anticipating a very productive playoff run from Grayden,” Coulter said.

Hohl finished third in league scoring with 32 goals and 32 assists for 64 points in 48 games.

2017 VIJHL PLAYOFFS – ROUND ONE SCHEDULE

The 2017 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League Playoffs and the road to the Brent Patterson Memorial Trophy begins Thursday, February 23 for the Victoria Cougars as they square off in a best-of-seven series with the Westshore Wolves.

Victoria, who captured the Andy Hebenton Trophy (awarded to the club finishing the regular season with the best overall record) for the seventh year in a row, will have home ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

 

GAME 1:  Thursday, February 23, 2017

Westshore Wolves @ Victoria Cougars

Archie Browning Sports Centre

7:00 p.m.

 

GAME 2:  Friday, February 24, 2017

Victoria Cougars @ Westshore Wolves

The Q Centre

6:30 p.m.

 

GAME 3:  Sunday, February 26, 2017

Westshore Wolves @ Victoria Cougars

Archie Browning Sports Centre

3:30 p.m.

 

GAME 4:  Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Victoria Cougars @ Westshore Wolves

The Q Centre

7:00 p.m.

 

GAME 5 (if necessary):  Thursday, March 2, 2017

Westshore Wolves @ Victoria Cougars

Archie Browning Sports Centre

7:00 p.m.

 

GAME 6 (if necessary):  Saturday, March 4, 2017

Victoria Cougars @ Westshore Wolves

The Q Centre

4:30 p.m.

 

GAME 7 (if necessary):  Sunday, March 5, 2017

Westshore Wolves @ Victoria Cougars

Archie Browning Sports Centre

3:30 p.m.

 

 

Archie Browning Sports Centre:  1151 Esquimalt Road; Victoria, British Columbia; V9A 3N6

 

The Q Centre:  1767 Old Island Highway; Victoria, British Columbia; V9B 1J1