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August 24, 2017 12:00 am

Jets Sign Jansen Harkins

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Prince George,  B.C. – The Prince George Cougar Hockey Club is pleased to announce that 1997-born forward Jansen Harkins (North Vancouver, B.C.) has signed a three-year entry level contract with the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets. He was selected by the Jets in the second round (47th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft and will spend the remainder of this season with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.

Originally selected by the Cougars second overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, Harkins recently completed his fourth season with the Cougars. In 275 career WHL games, Harkins registered 75 goals, 167 assists and 242 career points. He became the Prince George Cougars all-time assists leader on January 28th in Edmonton, and the all-time points leader on March 4th at home against the Kamloops Blazers. He added four goals and 12 assists for 16 points in 15 career playoff games. He led the Cougars in scoring this season with 21 goals and 51 assists in 64 games and earned the Troy Bourke Award for the Team’s Top Offensive Player.

Jansen Harkins – photo courtesy PG Cougars

Internationally Harkins has represented Canada three times having captured a gold medal in the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, a silver medal at the 2013-14 World Under-17’s (Where he served as captain of Team Pacific), and a bronze medal during the 2015 World Under-18’s. In each of the past two seasons he represented Team WHL in the Canada Russia Series and scored three goals while adding one assist in four games. On November 7th, 2016 he was named Player of the Game for Team WHL in Game 1 of the series which took place in Prince George. Professionally Harkins dressed in six games last season with the AHL’s Manitoba Moose where he scored a goal and two assists and finished a +1.

“We couldn’t be happier for Jansen. He’s worked extremely hard to earn this well deserved opportunity to play at the next level,” said Cougars Head Coach Richard Matvichuk. “He played a big part in our team’s success this season, and has certainly made his mark both on the ice and in our community over the past four years. We wish him the very best as he continues his journey towards one day playing in the National Hockey League.”

The Manitoba Moose are next in action tonight and tomorrow night at home against the Tucson Roadrunners.

Comments

Ok, take Gabrielle and Harkins off the 20 year old list for next year! My bet is O’Brian, Morrison , and Olsen. Doubt they can give up a 20 year old spot for a goalie again. Not sure if Bondra could come back as an import at 20! Popogaiv, McDonald , Anderson as 19 year olds! Still have lots of holes to fill. Takin Grant might be the guy to take the pain while they bring their 16 year old stud goalie up slowly. Or a trade for an 18 or 19 year old goalie!

Congratulations to Jansen

    Unfortunately, so true. The PG Cougars did give up a lot to take a shot on the playoffs. Too bad, they could not even get past the first round. Each game in town during the play offs means about 125 thousand dollars running thru the books.

    Plus PG Minor Hockey takes a bit of a hit on the 50/50 draws.

    Speaking of PG Minor Hockey, heard a rumor that the association is looking at seriously changing fundamentals of the constitution of the association. I heard someone might be pulling a fast one, which will implicate volunteers, etc, from having a voice. Better get informed if your a part of it. My info is just rumors.

      Some guy, his wife and someone from Vanderhoof are trying to take over PG Minor Hockey. They don’t like the way it’s being run and figure they can do better. They are trying to switch the structure of the board to emulate a business model more so then the current working board model. They aim to reduce the size of the board and they want to bring in a CEO who answers to the board and not to the membership.

      That’s just a brief summary, their plan can be found on the Minor Hockey website. I far as I can tell, this is sour grapes more then a desire for positive change.

I like the Goule trade, but the other 2 didn’t help! 26 wins in the first half mostly with the team that started the season. 19 wins with the powerhouse team. Nothing against McBride , but we should have had an 18 year old backup that wouldn’t need a 20 year old spot next year. WHL GM 101

Once the ownership had changed I picked up season tickets. That was when I first noticed #12, on the first game. He has tenacity, to stop them from getting out of their zone, he is willing to make that extra effort, bring the stick around to stop a opposing teams play.

Those are big shoes to fill.

Morrison may be fast, and dance a lot, but he waits on the blue line. Not to defensive.

Gabrielle, he has the moves, but sometimes, he trys to out stick handle the puck, and eventually looses the puck. We’re not here in the stands to see a magic show, we just want wins.

Ty Edmonds, he played an awesome regular season. He got us to the playoffs.

I do like the way Bondra and Popegueav. They play at a different level.

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