General Manager Karod only returned two and a half months ago, but it’s evident that he is focused on building a strong backend for the Cougars heading into the 2021-2022 season.
The Cougars are pleased to announce that they have acquired 2003 born left-handed defenceman Brody Johnston from the Kamloops storm.
Johnston, from Vanderhoof, BC, played last season with Powell River Kings, of the BCHL, in their pod season. Prior to that, Johnston played 18 games with the Merritt Centennials.
“I look back at any championship team that we had, that any team had in this league, and they all have one thing in common, great goaltending and seven strong defencemen,” said Karod. “When I got the call about Johnston, I thought it was a no brainer. I called Powell River and they had nothing but great things to say about Brody’s character and the way he plays.”
Johnston, the 6’1” 185lbs dman, has over 30 games in the BCHL and is only 18 years old. This acquisition should excite fans as they’re getting a unique player with a team first attitude that fits the Cougars mould.
“Johnston is a team first guy. He’s a dynamic player who is tough, knows how to walk the line, but will also play in every situation and definitely help but the puck in the net, continued Karod. “To have a BCHL veteran join our club says a lot about our program. We are younger this year, but Brody brings a veteran-like maturity with him and that leadership will definitely help our group.”
When asked about his playing style Johnston had this to say, “I’m a very aggressive and very physical player and I stick up for my teammates. I am pumped to be joining the Cougars this season, they’re a great organization and I can’t wait to get the season rolling.”
The Cougars kick off the new season on Thursday at home against the Panthers.