In their first season playing with the Prince George Cariboo Cougars of the B.C. Major Midget League, forwards Curtis Hammond and John Herrington as well as defenceman Brophy Dunne helped the Cougars win the 2019 BCMML championship. The Cariboo Cougars lost in the final series to the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in 2018, but were able to avenge that loss this year with a win in the rematch against Fraser Valley.
The Cariboo Cougars won the first game of the best-of-three series 3-0 on March 29, with Hammond scoring a goal and getting an assist. In Game 2, Prince George won 8-2.
Hammond, an assistant captain on the team, led both the team and league with 8 points in the playoffs (3 goals, 5 assists), to go with the 26 goals, 17 assists and 43 points he had in the regular season.
Herrington finished the year with 11 goals, 16 assists and 27 points, and Dunne chipped in 9 points in 33 games.
The team will take on the Calgary Buffaloes at the Pacific Regional Cahmpionship in Calgary, April 5 to 7. The winner of the best-of-three series will advance to the Telus Cup in Thunder Bay, April 22 to 28.
Hunter Brown, also of Fort St. John, played most of the season on the Cariboo Cougars minor midget team, and was an affiliate player of the major-midget squad, playing well for them when given the opportunity. He will be with the team this weekend in Calgary.