BY FRASER RODGERS
Prince George Cougars
The Prince George Cougars are proud to announce that forward Josh Maser has been named the 25th captain in franchise history.
The team has also announced three alternate captains in Ilijah Colina, Cole Moberg, and Ryan Schoettler.
“He has a lot of qualities but the main thing he does is lead by example,” said Mark Lamb, Cougars’ general manager and head coach. “You watch him play, you watch him practice, everything is 100 per cent. He’s a great example for not only the veterans to follow but the young players as well. You need that work ethic in the organization and he sets the standard really high.”
Lamb says Maser will be well supported with a veteran group around him.
“Our leadership group runs deeper than the four players wearing letters right now,” he said. “Guys like Taylor Gauthier have a big part in leading this team, and by right he should be wearing a letter too. Josh has a lot of support in that dressing room.”
Maser is in his fourth season with the Cougars and currently leads the team in scoring with 11 points (6g, 5a) in 16 games. The 20-year-old was second in team scoring a season ago, where he compiled 30 goals and 12 assists for 42 points in 61 regular season games. The 30 goals were a new career high. To date, the Houston, B.C. product has played in 172 career regular season games in the Western Hockey League (WHL) and has amassed 67 goals and 39 assists for 106 points. Maser is 39th all-time in Cougars’ franchise scoring.
The power-forward was originally drafted by the Prince Albert Raiders in the fourth round, 74th overall, in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft. The Cougars acquired Maser from the Raiders in October 2016. Maser’s ties to hockey in Northern B.C run deep as he is a graduate of the Cariboo Cougars Major Midget program.
“I’m honoured to have been chosen to be the captain. It’s special being from north, growing up in the area and now leading this team I followed since I was a young kid,” said Maser. “I’m very thankful of my teammates and the other leaders we have on this team. It’s humbling.”
Maser succeeds graduated forward Josh Curtis and is the first Northern B.C. product to be the Cougars’ captain, since Dan Gibb (Prince George, B.C.) was a co-captain with Brock Hirsche in the 2012-2013 season.
The three alternate captains in Colina, Moberg, and Schoettler bring plenty of experience to the team’s leadership group. The three have a combined 512 games played in the WHL. Schoettler was an alternate captain last season as well.