Cougars Feeling ‘Complete and Utter Disappointment’ Following Playoff Loss
Prince George, B.C. – Less than 24-hours after being dispatched in six games by the underdog Portland Winterhawks in playoff action last night a member of the Prince George Cougars management team has reacted.
“Well, there is no way of sugar-coating it, there is complete and utter disappointment and a great deal of sadness,” says Andy Beesley, business vice-president, who witnessed last night’s game in Portland. “It’s not the result that anybody wanted, it’s not what we expected and it’s certainly not what we were planning on.”
But once the sting of defeat wears off, he says the team will be able to look back proudly on what they were able to accomplish – including the most wins in franchise history (45) and winning’s its first B.C. Division title.
“We’re going to be able to see some of the absolute tremendous accomplishments and victories and triumphs that our team has had. And not to be corny, we believe being a part of making Prince George a great place to live.”
Does he anticipate some major changes in the off-season to address their post-season disappointment?
“I think whether we win or lose, there’s going to be non-stop changes because that’s the very nature of the type of ownership we’ve got here with the Cougars and the type of upper management we have – none of us are every satisfied ever,” says Beesley.
“If we had gone on and won the Memorial Cup we would be extremely pleased and the next day we’d be saying what are we doing next year? How can we get better?”
He adds he isn’t worried the early exit will cost them at the gate next year.
“No, our season tickets sales are actually up and we’ve had some inquiries already this morning about tickets for next year.”
And how is he feeling about next year’s team considering a lot of players will be moving on this off-season?
“I think that’s a wait-and-see attitude because we’re feeling very good about our team next year. There’s no question we’re going to lose a lot of veteran leadership but look at a team like Portland – who have a lot of youth on it,” says Beesley.
“Great things can happen to great teams and we’ve created a solid base – our coaching staff is fantastic under Richard Matvichuk and the crew that he’s put together under Todd Harkins leadership. Players want to play in Prince George.”