Browne, 16, was the Silvertips First Round pick, 14thoverall, in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. The 5’11, 181-pound forward split this season between the Silvertips and the Drayton Valley Thunder in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). In eight games with the Silvertips, Browne picked up one assist, and in nine games with the Thunder in the AJHL, he tallied three goals and five points.
“It’s difficult to part with a quality person like Ethan O’Rourke. He’s a terrific young man, with plenty of potential and he’ll be a great fit in Everett,” said General Manager Todd Harkins. “Browne fits into that young nucleus we’re building around here in Prince George. He’s someone we feel can really grow within our team and we’re excited to have him in the fold.”
Browne, a Sherwood Park, Alberta, product spent last season with his hometown Sherwood Park Kings in the Alberta Midget Hockey League. He averaged just over a point per-game, compiling nine goals and 29 points in 27 regular season games, and another four points in seven playoff games. He held guide Team Alberta to a gold medal at the 2016 Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup, now known as the WHL Cup, and also won a silver medal with Team Northeast at the 2016 Alberta Cup Tournament.
Two seasons ago, in his Bantam draft year, Browne was named the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League Forward of the Year, and Most Sportsmanlike Player. In 36 games with the Bantam AAA Sherwood Park Flyers, he had 39 goals and 77 points. He had another 10 goals and 23 points in 10 playoff games that season.
O’Rourke was the Cougars Third Round pick, 53rd overall, in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. In 37 games this season, he had five goals and 14 points, and over the past two seasons, he had six goals and 16 points in 57 career regular season games.
The Cougars organization would like to thank O’Rourke for his contributions to the team and in the community, and wish him all the best in his future with Everett.
-Prince George Cougars