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Graduating Prince George Cougars’ captain heading east for university hockey

Josh Curtis joins Ontario-champion Queen’s, includes a familar face

After completing 222 games with Prince George, the captain of the Cougars has chosen where he’s off to next.

Josh Curtis spent four years in B.C.’s northern capital, his last as the top Cat, and has officially committed to playing for the Queen’s University Gaels for the 2019-20 U-Sports Hockey season.

Based in Kingston, Ontario, the 20-year-old will be reunited Jared Bethune, a former Cougars teammate of three seasons, including the 2016-17 B.C. Division banner year.

Curtis compiled a career-high 13 goals in his final season with Prince George, adding to his all-around Western Hockey League (WHL) total of 97 points (31 goals, 66 assists).

The Winnipeg product was drafted by the Cats in the eighth round, 156th overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

He was the recipient of three year-end team awards for his efforts this past season, including:

  • Jeff Zorn Award for Academic Excellence
  • Prince George Cougars Fan Club Bursary Award
  • Michael Fogolin Memorial Award as voted by the players
    • Shared with Josh Maser
    • Curtis also received this honour in 2018

Queen’s finished the 2018-19 campaign by winning the Ontario University Cup for the first time since 1981 on home ice, clawing back to the top after finishing fourth in their division.

The Gaels eventually lost in the U-Sports Championship quarter-final to St. Francis Xavier (Nova Scotia).

Head Coach Brett Gibson was selected to coach Team Canada at the World Under-18 Championships in Sweden last month, which included Prince George Cougars goaltender Taylor Gauthier.