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Swiss playmaker signs onto Cougars

Liekit Reichle led Swiss junior league in assists

Prince George Cougars' have signed their top pick in the Western Hockey League import draft to the team.

Liekit Reichle put his signature on a WHL standard player agreement, the team said Wednesday.

“We’re very pleased to have Liekit commit to our team for the upcoming season,” said Cougars’ general manager and head coach Mark Lamb. “We feel his skill set will be a great addition to our forward group.”

The 18-year-old from Zürich, Switzerland, was the Cougars’ first round selection, 23rd overall, in the 2021 draft held in June.

He played last season for the GCK Lions in the Swiss Under-20 hockey league where he established himself as a goal scorer and a setup man. He led the league in assists with 55 and was third in scoring with 20 goals.

On the international stage, the winger suited up for Switzerland at the 2021 World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Texas and registered one goal in five games. He also played for Switzerland at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Reichle is eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft, which is being held virtually on Friday and Saturday.