COUGARS ACQUIRE TWO PLAYERS IN DEAL WITH CHASE

The Victoria Cougars announced today that they have acquired 19-year-old forward Cody Hodges and 19-year-old defenseman Connor Harding from the Chase Heat of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations. [Full story...]

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COUGARS WIN CYCLONE TAYLOR CUP BID

B.C. Hockey announced today that the Victoria Cougars have been selected to host the 2016 Cyclone Taylor Cup.

It will be played April 7-10, 2016.

“This will be an exciting year for our club,” Cougars president Gary Boyer said.  “The Cyclone Taylor Cup has become an outstanding event and we have had the benefit of attending six provincial championships before so we know what it takes to host this prestigious event.”

The Archie Browning Sports Centre will be home to the Cyclone Taylor Cup for the second time since 2007.  That year, Victoria defeated the Abbotsford Pilots 4-1 to capture its first Cyclone Taylor Cup title.

Although the Cyclone Taylor Cup is not for another 11 months, preparation is already underway.

“We have a great fan base of volunteers who are already making arrangements and booking facilities and events.  We are committed to putting forward a highly competitive team capable of winning this event,” Boyer said.

Cougars head coach Mark Van Helvoirt agrees.

“I know all involved will rise to the occasion and deliver an exceptional tournament that showcases our organization, our league, and our beautiful city,” Van Helvoirt said.  “As far as on the ice, we are looking forward to building a team that will have an opportunity to compete for a provincial championship.”

And sliding through the back door is not an option for the host Cougars.

The Cyclone Taylor Cup is a four-team, round-robin tournament featuring one other team from the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and the champions from the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League and the Pacific Junior Hockey League.

Victoria has been to the Cyclone Taylor Cup on six occasions:  2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

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HERRINGER COMES A LONG WAY SINCE JUNIOR B

Congratulations go out to Michael Herringer and the Kelowna Rockets for winning the Western Hockey League championship tonight and advancing to the Memorial Cup.

Herringer, who celebrated his 19th birthday in January, began his junior career with the Victoria Cougars two years ago where he put together a 16-1-0-0 record and compiled a 2.23 goals against average and a .899 save percentage.

Kelowna begins Memorial Cup play on Friday, May 22 against the host Quebec Remparts.

All games can be seen on Sportsnet.

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PAYNE COMMITS TO UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO

The Victoria Cougars are pleased to announce that Grant Payne has committed to play college hockey at the University of Northern Colorado for the upcoming season. [Full story...]

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