Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Three Cougars Invited to NHLPA Mentorship Camp.

                                          (Cougars draft-pick Jansen Harkins).

The Prince George Cougars are pleased to announce that three of their prospects from the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft have been invited to participate in the second annual Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Camp hosted by the National Hockey League Players Association. 

Jansen Harkins (North Vancouver, B.C.), Brad Morrison (Westside, B.C.) and Tate Olson (Saskatoon, SK) will head to Mississauga, Ontario from July 17 to 21, 2012 to take part in an invite-only camp that will be supervised by 21-year NHL veteran Gary Roberts. 

“It’s an exciting time for us when one of our prospects, let alone three receive national recognition,” said Prince George Cougars Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel Wade Klippenstein. “Last year we had Jordan Harris invited to this event, and he got a lot from it, and this year to have three named is very exciting not only for the organization but also for the three families involved.” 

The Prince George Cougars selected Jansen Harkins with the second overall pick in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. Harkins stands 5’11”, and 160 pounds and played with the North Shore Winterclub Winterhawks this past season. Harkins tallied 68 goals and 122 points this season for the Winterhawks. 

“Jansen is a player with a great work ethic,” said Wade Klippenstein. “He’s very mature and very complete as a player.” 

The Cougars traded up in the draft in order to select Brad Morrison with the seventh overall selection. Morrison (5’9”, 140 pounds) scored 83 goals and finished with 141 points with the Okanagan Hockey Academy during the 2011-2012 season. 

“When you watch Brad Morrison, right away his skill jumps out at you,” said Wade Klippenstein. “He’s a pure goal scorer who’s very dynamic, and exciting to watch.” 

The Cougars used their second-round selection to pick defenceman Tate Olson. Olson (6’1”, 157 pounds) played with the Saskatoon Stallions this season where he scored 21 goals, and added 29 assists in 36 games. 

“Tate is a big, strong defenseman who can control hockey games,” said Wade Klippenstein. “When Tate’s on the ice he makes sure something happens and can make an impact on the game almost every shift.” 

The five-day event will include the televised Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Cup that takes place on Saturday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. PT, on TSN.

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