Prince George BC – The Prince George Cougars are thrilled to announce that goaltender Tyler Brennan (03) and defenceman Ethan Samson (03) have been invited to the National Junior Team summer camp, while forward Riley Heidt (05) has been invited to Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 team selection camp which all takes place in Calgary, AB.
Heidt, 17, was one of the 26 forwards invited to Under-18 selection camp and will get to compete for an opportunity to wear the red and white at the 2022 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Red Deer, AB. Heidt finished the 2021-22 campaign with 21 goals and 37 assists in 58 games. The Saskatoon, SK product will be eligible for the 2023 NHL draft. The U-18 Selection camp goes from July 20-23.
“We are excited to bring together a group of 44 athletes with a solid foundation of junior and international experience for selection camp,” said Alan Millar, Hockey Canada’s director of player personnel.
Brennan, 18, is one of four goaltenders invited to the Canadian National Junior Team Summer camp which is set for July 23-27. The Winnipeg, MB product suited up in 39 games for the Cougars in the 2021-22 season, sporting an 11-25-2 record, which included four shutouts. Brennan is familiar with Hockey Canada, having played at the U-18 tournament in 2021 and at the Under 17’s for Team Canada White in 2020. Brennan enters the National Junior Team summer camp as the number one ranked North American goaltender. The 18-year-old Cougar netminder will compete for an opportunity to represent his country at the World Junior Hockey Championship in Halifax and Moncton.
Samson, 18, who will be joining Brennan at the Canadian National Junior Team summer camp, is one of 14 defenders invited to the National Junior summer camp. The Philadelphia Flyers 2021 6th round pick had a career year with the Cougars in 2021-22, amassing 15 goals and 28 helpers in 68 games. The North Delta, BC native also served as an alternate captain for the Cats in 2021-22. Samson also gets to compete for the opportunity to represent Canada the World Juniors in Halifax and Moncton.
“This is an exciting first step as we begin preparations for the upcoming season and the opportunity to compete at the 2023 World Juniors on home ice in Halifax and Moncton this December,” added Millar.
“All three of these players are very deserving of this,” says GM & Head Coach Mark Lamb. “It’s another positive part of our organization moving forward, with getting exposure like this for our players.”
For more information on both selection camps, or Hockey Canada, visit HockeyCanada.ca
About the Prince George Cougars The Prince George Cougars have been a proud member of the Western Hockey League since 1994. The Cougars play out of the CN Centre, a 5,971-seat multipurpose arena that opened in 1995.The Cougars are owned by EDGEPRo Sports & Entertainment Ltd. The ownership group bought the Cougars in 2014 and the group consists of former
Cougars Dan Hamhuis and Eric Brewer and local businessmen Ernest Ouellet, John Pateman, Greg Pocock and Raymond Fortier.