Are you an “armchair GM?” Do you consider yourself a “hockey expert?” Do you have a question, comment, or suggestion for the Cougars’ Hockey Operations? Now’s your chance.
After the Cougars’ successful Town Hall, the team is hosting a “Hockey Hot Stove” with Co-Owner, Eric Brewer, General Manager & Head Coach, Mark Lamb, Associate Coach, Jason Smith, and Director of Scouting Bob Simmonds. The four will be joined by host Fraser Rodgers as they answer your questions about the team.
Fill out the form below to submit your question(s) to our Hockey Operations department. Your question(s) will be answered by our Hockey Operations staff during a recorded Zoom call. Deadline to submit your question(s) is Friday, June 12th at 5:00 pm. The Hockey Hot Stove will be published on the Cougars’ website on Wednesday, June 17th.
Hockey Hot Stove Panel
Eric Brewer: Eric played 16 seasons, 1043 career games, in the NHL with the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs. Originally drafted fifth overall in the 1997 NHL Draft by the Islanders.
Brewer had a decorated international career as well, winning an Olympic gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics with Team Canada. He also won a gold medal at 2004 World Cup of Hockey. and is a three-time IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship gold medal winner (2003, 2004 & 2007).
Brewer was drafted by the Prince George Cougars in the 1994 WHL Bantam Draft and played 168 career games in the WHL over three seasons with the Cougars.
Since retiring from the NHL, Brewer has been actively involved with the Cougars, spending a significant amount of time in Prince George through the season.
Mark Lamb: On July 4th, 2019 Mark was named the 13th Head Coach in Prince George Cougars franchise history. He was appointed as the General Manager one year earlier.
Lamb comes to Prince George with a hockey resume, that includes a Stanley Cup, and has spent 17 years in coaching and management. Lamb spent seven seasons as the General Manager & Head Coach of the Swift Current Broncos from 2009 to 2016. In 2015-16, the Broncos roster featured five players, including Glenn Gawdin and Tyler Steenbergen, that went on to win the Ed Chynoweth Cup in 2018.
Lamb started his coaching career as an Assistant Coach with the Edmonton Oilers in 2001-2002. He then moved onto the Dallas Stars, spending six years (2002-2009) behind the bench as an Assistant Coach.
As a player, Lamb was known as a creative playmaker with a tenacious work ethic and those traits afforded him a lengthy playing career at the professional level. He played 13 seasons and over 400 career regular season games in the NHL between Calgary, Detroit, Edmonton, Ottawa, Philadelphia and Montreal. Lamb won the 1990 Stanley Cup with the Oilers.
Jason Smith: On July 16th, 2019, Jason was named the Cougars’ Associate Coach. Smith brings a wealth of experience to B.C.’s Northern Capital, having played over 1,000 games in the NHL in a career that spanned 15 seasons. He was most recently the Head Coach of the Kelowna Rockets for parts of three seasons.
Smith, 45, had a distinguished playing career at both the junior and professional level. He played three seasons with the Regina Pats in the Western Hockey League (WHL), winning the Bill Hunter Trophy as the WHL’s Top Defenceman in the 1992-1993 season. He also won a gold medal with Canada’s National Junior Team that year. He then went onto play for the New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators in the NHL. He is a former captain of both the Oilers and Flyers.
After he retired at the end of the 2008-2009 season, the Calgary, AB native spent four seasons in the Senators organization from 2012 to 2016 and was the team’s Assistant Coach in his last two seasons. Prior to the start of the 2016-2017 season, he was named the Rockets’ Head Coach, and led them to back-to-back 40-plus win seasons that included a trip to the WHL’s Western Conference Final in his first year behind Kelowna’s bench.
Bob Simmonds: Bob has been scouting for the Cougars for over a decade and was appointed the Director of Scouting on July 29th, 2014.
Simmonds, a retired 37-year veteran of the RCMP, dedicates himself to cover several hundred games each season throughout Western Canada, scouting the top Bantam prospects.
Simmonds lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta, with his wife Cathy.