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Cougars add forward Oscar Lovsin in trade from Seattle

Cats send 19-year-old forward Arjun Bawa to T-birds
The Cougars have acquired 2006-bord forward Oscar Lovsin in a trade from the Seattle Thunderbirds.

With training camp only about 3 ½ months down the road, the Prince George Cougars made a roster move on Tuesday.

Head coach and general manager Mark Lamb announced they Cougars have acquired 2006-born forward Oscar Lovsin in a trade from the Seattle Thunderbirds for 2005-born forward Arjun Bawa.

Lovsin, who turns 18 on Sept. 18, played 40 WHL games this past season - 20 for the Wenatchee Wild and 20 for the T-birds. In those 40 games he totaled two goals and two assists, all during his first week with the Wild, and was named WHL rookie of the week to start the 2023-24 season.

Lovsin, a sixth-round pick of the Winnipeg ICE in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft, played as a 16-year-old in the Alberta Elite Hockey League for the Calgary Northstars  U18 and put up 11 goals and 28 points in 38 games in 2022-23. The Calgary native started out playing academy hockey at Edge School in Calgary.

Bawa, who turned 19 on May 10, played 57 games this season for the Cougars and had two goals and five points. He joined the Cougars 34 games into the 2022-23 season in a trade from Red Deer, along with the Rebels’ second- and seventh-round 2023 Prospects Draft picks, in a deal that sent forward Ryker Singer to the Rebels.

Bawa, a native of Richmond, was the Rebels’ second-round, 36th overall pick in the 2020 WHL draft.