There will be four Prince George hockey products competing in the BCHL for the 2020-21 season amid COVID-19.
Today (Nov. 3), Ethan Floris also became the 14th Cariboo Cougars’ alum to sign a junior ‘A’ contract ahead of the new year after completing his Under-18 career in the northern capital.
The 18-year-old defenceman is committed to the Trail Smoke Eaters, who eliminated the Prince George Spruce Kings in the first round of the 2020 Fred Page Cup Playoffs and touted the league’s top regular-season scorer in Kent Johnson, 101 points in 52 games.
In two seasons with the Cats, Floris tallied 30 points from the blue line in 77 regular-season games, including 27 assists, along with two points in the seven playoff games en route to the 2019 BC Hockey Under-18 Championship.
He’s also an alum of the Vanderhoof Minor Hockey Association along with his brother Hunter, who was traded from Vernon to Cowichan Valley last month after his freshman BCHL campaign.
If the BCHL cohorts are consistent for the 2020-21 season, all four Cariboo Cougars in the league will be facing each other more often than other franchises.
John Herrington and Jordan Fairlie are suiting up with the Prince George Spruce Kings, while Alex Ochitwa will represent hre Merritt Centennials in the cohort of the two teams, plus Trail and Cranbrook.
The season is set to kick-off Dec. 1.
Meanwhile, the Cariboo Cougars will be back in Abbotsford this weekend for the second round of the 2020 Under-18 Cohort Cup, coming into the new stint with a 1-2 record.
Week Two games:
- Nov. 7, 9 a.m. vs. Vancouver North East Chiefs
- Nov. 8, 7 p.m. vs. Vancouver North West Hawks
- Nov. 8, 9 a.m. vs. Greater Vancouver Canadians
The team also solidified its 2020-21 roster as seen in the photos below.