The Squamish Cougars ended their second and final season in Squamish as troubles with the startup World Hockey Association continued, but a new hockey program has already stepped up to fill in the gap.
Next season Squamish will host an expansion team for the well-established Pacific International Junior Hockey League, the Squamish Wolf Pack. With the addition of the Aldergrove Kodiaks, there are now 10 teams in the league, most based in the Lower Mainland.
Matt Samson, the former coach and manager for the Squamish Cougars, is sticking around to coach the Wolf Pack, and last week announced their first evaluation camp for May 20-22 in Whistler.
Samson has a proven ability to develop players, and five of Samson’s Cougars from last season have made the jump to American college Division III teams on partial scholarships.
The PIJHL is a Junior B hockey league, affiliated with the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, and Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. Eligibility varies, but players are generally between the ages of 16 and 20, with limits on the number of 16 year olds and 20 year olds.
To participate in the camp, contact Matt Samson at 604-418-5588 or Phil Kinnonmont at firstname.lastname@example.org.