Brett Connolly will return to the Prince George Cougars’ line-up when the Cougars host the Chilliwack Bruins on Tuesday, March 9. The club also announced Monday that 15-year old forward Troy Bourke will join the team for the remainder of the season.
Connolly, the 2008-09 CHI Rookie of the Year, has not played since December 5 because of a hip injury. This season, Connolly has played in 12 games, recording seven goals and six assists. On January 11, Connolly was ranked fourth on NHL Central Shooting’s Mid-Term Rankings of North American skaters eligible for the 2010 NHL Draft.
Bourke was the Cougars second pick in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, going 26th overall. The forward from Spruce Grove, Alberta, finished second in scoring in the Alberta Major Midget Hockey League this past season, recording 53 points, including a league high 27 goals. Bourke, who stands 5’10” and weighs 150 pounds, has played one game for the Cougars this season, when he suited up against the Edmonton Oil Kings on February 20 in Edmonton.
Bourke becomes the fourth call-up to join the Cougars for the remainder of the season, joining forwards Carter Rigby and Wilson Dumas and defenceman Josh Smith. Rigby, selected by the Cougars in the eighth round of the ’09 WHL Bantam Draft, scored his first WHL goal against the Everett Silvertips on March 6 at CN Centre, while Wilson Dumas, listed by the Cougars prior to the start of the season, collected his first two WHL points with assists that night. Smith, the Cougars first round pick in the ’09 Draft, also earned his first WHL point with an assist against the Silvertips Saturday.