Cougars sign draft picks

The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS - Cit­i­zen staff

The Prince Ge­orge Cougars have signed two of their ban­tam draft picks.

De­fence­man Keaton Dowha­niuk and for­ward Koehn Ziem­mer are on stan­dard West­ern Hockey League player agree­ments, the team said Monday.

Both played for the OHA Ed­mon­ton ban­tam prep team of the Cana­dian Sport School Hockey League last sea­son.

“We are thrilled to have these two in the fold,” Mark Lamb gen­eral man­ager and head coach.

“We are in a devel­op­ment cy­cle that is trend­ing up­wards and these two will be key pieces to the core of our team that we feel will be very com­pet­i­tive in the com­ing years.”

The Cougars used their first pick, third over­all, in the 2019 ban­tam draft to se­lect Dowha­niuk, who comes in at five-foot-10 and 160 pounds.

The Sher­wood Park, Alta. prod­uct played in 25 games and was his team’s top-scor­ing de­fence­man with eight goals and 27 as­sists to go with 34 penalty min­utes.

Dowha­niuk was named the CSSHL ban­tam prep di­vi­sion top de­fence­man. He also was named an Al­berta Cup All-Star af­ter he posted two goals and two as­sists in five games.

“He can play the game any­way you want him to play; he’s a smooth­ing-skat­ing puck-mover. He brings a phys­i­cal el­e­ment too and he’s only go­ing to grow,” said Cougars scouting di­rec­tor Bob Sim­monds.

Prince Ge­orge used their se­cond pick, fourth over­all, to se­lect Ziem­mer.

The May­erthorpe, Alta. na­tive mea­sures five-foot-10, 179 pounds and led OHA Ed­mon­ton in scor­ing and fin­ished se­cond in league scor­ing, as he com­piled 37 goals and 39 as­sists in 29 games.

Ziem­mer also played at the Al­berta Cup, where he tal­lied two goals and two as­sists in five games.

“Koehn is a highly-skilled goal scorer with a ver­sa­tile of­fen­sive pack­age. He’s a con­stant pro­ducer and will be counted on to do the same at the WHL level,” said Sim­monds.

Both Dowha­niuk and Ziem­mer took part in Hockey Al­berta’s un­der-16 provin­cial camp in Red Deer last week.

The camp is part of an eval­u­a­tion process for Team Al­berta’s ros­ter for the 2019 WHL Cup in the fall.

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