At 17, Connor Bowie knows he needs to have a breakout season in the WHL this year to continue to make a name for himself and turn heads. The Fort St. John player has been at the Prince George Cougars training camp since Friday, Aug. 24. Camp is wrapping up today.
“I want to stick around for the entire year and have a breakout year with some big numbers. I feel confident that I can put up some big offensive points for this team, that’s what they’re looking for from me and the reason I’m here,” Bowie said.
This is Bowie’s third WHL camp after attending two with the Portland Winterhawks. He was acquired by the Cougars mid-way through last season, playing in 10 games for Prince George with three points.
This is his best shot to make a roster out of camp and Bowie is excited about the opportunity.
“I was more prepared heading into my third WHL camp, and put up great numbers in the fitness testing. I was here a week early to put in work with the skills coach and camp’s been great,” said Bowie.
Bowie said being on a younger team, and being one of the older players, he’s taken on more of a leadership role this season.
“There’s things required of me now that weren’t before. I make sure the younger guys know to keep the room clean, and are stretching and cooling down before and after practice.”
He’s excited about living in Prince George for the whole year, as he’s very familiar with the city from his minor hockey days.
“Prince George is just like a bigger Fort St. John and a second home. I like it here and adjusted quickly,” Bowie said.
The Cougars travel to Kamloops on Friday to start their preseason that evening, and play the next night, Sept. 1, in Kelowna. Bowie is hoping to play in both of those games and show what he can do.
The Cougars have five preseason games in total, wrapping up at home on Sept. 15 against Kamloops.
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