Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Troy Bourke to Represent Canada at U-18 World Championship.

The Prince George Cougars are pleased to announce that 94-born forward Troy Bourke (Onoway, AB) will represent Canada at the upcoming IIHF Ice Hockey U-18 World Championship which takes place April 12 – 22nd in the Czech Republic.

“I give the Prince George Cougars a lot of credit for where I am now. They are a big part of getting me to the U-18’s,” said Troy Bourke. “It’s an exciting time for me. I’m just going to embrace it and have fun.”

Bourke set a new career high for points during the 2011-2012 season. He scored 18 goals, and finished with a team high in points with 56. Bourke also led the team in power play points (21) and multi-point games (14). Bourke has 101 points in 144 career games with the Prince George Cougars.

“We are very happy that Troy gets to represent Canada and the Prince George Cougars at the U-18 World Championship,” said Prince George Cougars General Manager Dallas Thompson. “He deserves this opportunity and we know he’ll be a huge asset to Team Canada.”

“Troy Bourke had an outstanding season for us, leading our team offensively,” said Prince George Cougars Head Coach Dean Clark. “We wish him all of the best, and we hope that he comes back to Canada with a gold medal.”

This marks the second time that Bourke will dawn the maple leaf. Bourke played for Team Pacific at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge that took place in Winnipeg and Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. Bourke had eight points in six games during that tournament and helped lead Team Pacific to a bronze medal.

Bourke will be eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and was ranked as the 107th North American skater during the Central Scouting Bureau’s mid-term (winter) rankings.

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