Cougars Raise Championship Banner
Prince George, B.C. – It took 23 long seasons to achieve, but with a new ownership group intensely focussed on becoming champions of the Western Hockey League and beyond, the Prince George Cougars captured the first banner in their history in the 2016-17 season.
Friday night it was time to raise that banner as B.C. Division Champions to the rafters of CN Centre as the Cougars opened the 2017-18 WHL season at home against the Spokane Chiefs.
And, while the rink wasn’t full at the start of what is seen as a re-building year, the crowd that was on hand gave an enthusiastic ovation as the banner was raised prior to the opening face-off of Friday night’s game.
Cougars President Greg Pocock says “there is no fan base more deserving that the Prince George Cougars fans and we are thrilled to be able to share this historical moment with our players, staff, sponsors and, in particular, our fans.”
General Manager Todd Harkins says “last season we made history by winning the B.C. Division banner for the first time and to see that banner raised to the rafters is an emotional moment for everybody involved.”
Unfortunately the Cougars dropped their 2017-18 home opener before 3,833 fans by a score of 4 to 2. Spokane scored twice in the opening period, adding two more in the second on their way to the victory. Nikita Popugaev in the second and Ethan O-Rourke in the third took care of the scoring for Prince George.
The teams return to CN Centre at 7 tonight for the back end of the weekend doubleheader.