The Prince George Cougars
are a major junior ice hockey
team in the Western Hockey League
. The team is based in Prince George, British Columbia
, and plays its home games at the CN Centre
(formally Prince George Multiplex). The Cougars were founded in 1971 as the Victoria Cougars
, but later moved to Prince George in 1994.
The Prince George Cougars played the 1994–95 WHL season
at the Prince George Coliseum
along the Tier II Prince George Spruce Kings
, until the construction of their own arena was complete. The Cougars logo for their first season in Prince George closely resembled that of the Victoria Cougars. For the 1995–96 WHL season
, the Cougars moved into their new home, the "Prince George Multiplex", since renamed the CN Centre
. A new logo was also unveiled the same season.
The Cougars most successful playoff run came during the 2006–07 WHL season
. Prince George achieved their first sweep of the Kamloops Blazers in a best of seven game series, proceeded to defeat the top ranked Everett Silvertips in six games and reached the conference finals for the third time where they lost in five games to the eventual Memorial Cup Champion Vancouver Giants.The Cougars are the only team in Western Hockey League history to draft 2 brothers in the first round of the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. Jesse Forsberg, a defenceman, was drafted 11th overall by the Cougars in 2008, and his younger brother Alex, a centerman, was taken first overall in......