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Homegrown hockey player signs with hometown Prince George Cougars

Aiden Reeves is first player to sign under new six-team Cariboo partnership
Aiden Reeves
Prince George product Aiden Reeves signs a WHL Standard Agreement that'll keep him at home for the next stage of his hockey career (via Prince George Cougars)

Nearly a month after a new player development partnership with six different regional teams was announced, the first player to be a prime example of that system has risen to the major junior ranks.

Aiden Reeves is a Prince George born-and-raised hockey player and has signed a Western Hockey League (WHL) Standard Agreement with his hometown Cougars.

He had joined the team’s 50-man protected list prior to training camp last month.

“Aiden is a local player that stood out at the Cariboo Cougars’ camp last month,” said Cougars’ General Manager and Head Coach Mark Lamb in a release. “He has grown a lot as a player since last season and he made an impression on our hockey staff at our Training Camp, earning himself a contract.”

The 17-year-old defenceman played last year with the Okanagan Rockets of the B.C. Major Midget League (BCMML) but led the Midget Tier One Cougars to a silver medal at the B.C. Championships in Fort St. John a season prior. 

Reeves was the Rockets second-highest scoring blue-liner with 22 points in 28 games that included 17 assists.

He is likely to act as a ‘black ace’ for the 2019-20 season bouncing back and forth between Prince George and Cariboo in their respective leagues.

The WHL Cougars season starts at home on Sept. 20 against the Vancouver Giants.