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East Division teams coming to CN Centre to face Cougars next season

The Prince George Cougars announced their home schedule for the 2022-23 season Thursday and it starts with their season-opening game on Friday, Sept. 23 against the Tri-City Americans.
Lee Shurgot signs
First-round draft pick Lee Shurgot of Saskatoon has signed a WHL contract to play for the Prince George Cougars. The Cats on Thursday announced their 2022-23 season home schedule for games at CN Centre.

The Prince George Cougars announced their home schedule for the 2022-23 season Thursday and it starts with their season-opening game on Friday, Sept. 23 against the Tri-City Americans.

Of the 34 games they will play next season at CN Centre, the Cats have nine midweek games. The rest, with the exception of a Family Day Feb. 20th encounter with the Portland Winterhawks, will be played on weekends.

For the first time in three years, WHL teams will play interdivisional opponents and for B.C. Division teams like the Cougars it’s their turn to host teams from the East Division. That will allow Cougar fans to watch generational talent Connor Bedard play for the Regina Pats when they visit Prince George on De. 2nd.

In other East Division matchups the Cougars will face the Brandon Wheat Kings (Oct. 12), Winnipeg ICE (Oct. 15), Moose Jaw Warriors (Nv. 23) and Prince Albert Raiders (Jan. 28).

2022-23 marks the Cougars’ 29th season in the Western Hockey League since the franchise moved north from Victoria in 1994.

Earlier this week, the Cougars announced they’ve signed 2007-born forward Lee Shurgot, their ninth-overall pick in the 2022 WHL Prospects Draft, to a standard WHL agreement. Shurgot, a Saskatoon native, scored 57 goals and had 43 assists for 100 points in 31 games last season for the Saskatoon Generals of the Saskatchewan U15 double-A Hockey League.

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2022-23 home schedule

SEPTEMBER

Fri, Sep 23 vs Tri City Americans (Home Opener)

Sat, Sep 24 vs Tri City Americans

Fri, Sep 30 vs Kelowna Rockets

OCTOBER

Sat, Oct 1 vs Kelowna Rockets

Wed, Oct 12 vs Brandon Wheat Kings

Sat, Oct 15 vs Winnipeg ICE

Fri, Oct 28 vs Seattle Thunderbirds

Sat, Oct 29 vs Seattle Thunderbirds

NOVEMBER

Sat, Nov 12 vs Vancouver Giants

Sun, Nov 13 vs Vancouver Giants

Wed, Nov 23 vs Moose Jaw Warriors

Sat, Nov 26 vs Kamloops Blazers

DECEMBER

Fri, Dec 2 vs Regina Pats

Fri, Dec 16 vs Kamloops Blazers

Sat, Dec 17 vs Kamloops Blazers (Teddy Bear Toss)

Sat, Dec 31 vs Kamloops Blazers

JANUARY

Fri, Jan 6 vs Everett Silvertips

Sat, Jan 7 vs Everett Silvertips

Sat, Jan 28 vs Prince Albert Raiders

FEBRUARY

Fri, Feb 3 vs Victoria Royals

Sat, Feb 4 vs Victoria Royals

Tues, Feb 7 vs Kelowna Rockets

Wed, Feb 8 vs Kelowna Rockets

Tues, Feb 14 vs Saskatoon Blades

Mon, Feb 20 vs Portland Winterhawks

Tues, Feb 21 vs Portland Winterhawks

Tues, Feb 28 vs Vancouver Giants

MARCH

Wed, Mar 1 vs Vancouver Giants

Fri, Mar 3 vs Spokane Chiefs

Sat, Mar 4 vs Spokane Chiefs

Wed, Mar 15 vs Kelowna Rockets

Fri, Mar 17 vs Victoria Royals

Sat, Mar 18 vs Victoria Royals

Sat, Mar 25 vs Kamloops Blazers (Fan Appreciation Night)