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Eric Brewer- Owner

Eric Brewer 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. He and his wife Rebecca live in Vancouver with their two daughters.

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Dan Hamhuis- Owner

Dam Hamhuis has played over 1000 career regular season games in the NHL over the past 14 seasons with the Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars. Hamhuis was originally drafted by the Predators 12th overall, in the 2002 NHL Draft.

Hamhuis has quite the decorated international career, winning an Olympic gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics with Team Canada. He’s also a four-time IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship medalist, winning gold twice in 2017 and 2015, and winning silver medals in 2008 and 2009. Hamhuis also won bronze and silver medals at the 2001 and 2002 IIHF World Junior Ice Hockey Championships respectively.

Hamhuis played in 280 career  games that spanned four seasons in the WHL with the Prince George Cougars. He was both the WHL Player of the Year and the CHL Defenseman of the Year in the 2001-2002 season and was named to the CHL First All-Star Team.

Hamhuis has Norther BC roots, growing up in Smithers, which he still calls home in the off-season with his wife Sarah and their three daughters.

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Mark Lamb- General Manager & Head Coach

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On July 4th, 2019 Mark Lamb 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.

Mark and his wife Tanya live in Prince George.

 

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Jason Smith- Associate Coach

On July 16th, 2019, Jason Smith 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.

 

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Taylor Dakers- Goaltending Coach

Taylor Dakers comes to Prince George with plenty of experience, as he spent the past five seasons with the Red Deer Rebels and one season with the Everett Silvertips prior to that.

The Langley, BC, product played four seasons in the WHL with the Kootenay ICE from 2003-2007. Dakers was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round, 140th overall, in the 2005 NHL Draft. He went on to play two seasons in the Sharks organization, splitting his time in the AHL with the Worcester Sharks and with their ECHL affiliate, the Phoenix Roadrunners.

Taylor lives in Prince George with his wife and their two kids.

 

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Steve O’Rourke- Director of Player Development

Steve O’Rourke, who spent the previous three seasons as the team’s Associate Coach, will assist in development of Cougars players, including signed and listed prospects. In a renewed, and strengthened partnership between the Cougars, Prince George Minor Hockey Association (PGMHA), B.C. Hockey and the Cariboo Cougars, O’Rourke will also have a lead role in developing local players and minor coaches through skills programs and clinics.

O’Rourke was behind the bench as Team B.C.’s Head Coach at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, AB. He also led Team B.C. to a gold medal at the 2017 WHL Cup in Calgary, AB. In May, he was named an Assistant Coach for Hockey Canada’s 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge which will take place in Medicine Hat, AB and Swift Current, SK in November.

Prior to joining the Cougars in 2016, the Summerland, B.C. product was an Assistant Coach with the Red Deer Rebels for three seasons. He spent two seasons as an Assistant Coach for the Abbotsford Heat, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Calgary Flames. He was also the Head Coach of the British Columbia Hockey League’s Langley Rivermen.

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Ramandeep (Chico) Dhanjal – Equipment Manager

Chico joined the Cougars in the 2008-2009 season and has spent the last 10 seasons as the team’s Athletic Trainer and Equipment Manager.

He has degrees in Kinesiology and Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan.

Chico began his career with the Humboldt Broncos, joining them as they won two league championships and a National championship. He also held the position of Equipment Manager for the Women’s U18 and U22 National teams, the latter as the team brought home two European Air Canada Cups. Twice he has represented Team WHL at the Canada Russia Series.

Chico lives in Prince George with his wife Amy and their two daughters.

 

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Mike Matthies- Athletic Trainer 

The Prince George, B.C. product comes to the Cougars from the Victoria Royals where he served as a student Athletic Therapist for the past two seasons. Matthies recently completed a Bachelor of Athletic & Exercise Therapy degree from Camosun College.

Matthies has spent the last four years in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence as an Equipment Manager. He was a staff member on Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 team that won a gold medal at the 2019 World Under-18 Championship in Japan. He was also was a member of the National Women’s Development team that won a silver medal at the 2018 4 Nations Cup in Germany.  Prior to that, he was the Equipment Manager for four years for Team B.C., working with the Under-18 women’s team which included the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

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Kris Russell  – Strength Coach

 

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Mary LaMarre – Education Advisor

Scouting

 

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Bob Simmonds – Director of Scouting

Bob Simmonds 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.

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Ron Bonora- Senior Traveling Scout

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Kirk McCuspey- Manitoba Regional Scout

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Lyle Feser – Calgary Regional Scout,

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Rae Metz – Southwest US Regional Scout

 

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Brett Jarvis – Saskatoon Regional Scout

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Leland Mack- Head Pacific Region Scout

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Rob Rogers- British Columbia Scout

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Tim Mills- Okanagan Scout

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Trevor Sprague- Northern British Columbia Scout

 

General Questions

For any general questions, please contact our Cougars office at :

Phone: (250) 561-0783

Fax: (250) 561-0743

Email: info@pgcougars.com

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