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U.S. draft pick McLennan signs with Prince George Cougars

Cats selected Alaska native 41st overall in 2021 WHL U.S.Priority Draft
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Once drafted, now signed,

Forward Nicholas McLennan has officially joined the Prince George Cougars.

The Cats announced Friday they’ve signed the 16-year-old native of Anchorage, Alaska to a standard WHL contract. He was the Cougars’ 41st overall pick in the WHL U.S. Priority Draft in 2021.

“Nicholas is from Alaska and has Canadian roots,” said Bob Simmonds, the Cougars director of scouting. “I first saw Nick playing in Phoenix at a U15 showcase. He immediately grabbed my attention with his skill, energy, and strong compete. His coach Brian Swanson, a former Edmonton Oiler, provided strong endorsement to Nick’s coachability and character.”

McLennan is now skating with the Southern Alberta Hockey Academy U18 Prep team in the Canadian Sports School Hockey League, based in Dunmore, Alta. (near Medicine Hat). In five games this season he has three goals and two assists.

Last season he played for Team Alaska U15 triple-A and he collected five goals and 11 assists on 16 games.

“Nick had an impressive training camp with us and has started strong with the Southern Alberta Hockey Academy U18 Prep Team,” said Simmonds. “To bring a young player into the organization via the U.S. Import Draft is a huge testament to the Cougars and WHL as a viable hockey option for U.S. players. We are thrilled to welcome Nicholas and his family to the Cougars organization.”

The Cougars face the Vancouver Giants tonight in Langley (7:30 p.m. start), then travel to Kamloops to take on the Blazers Saturday (7 p.m.).

Cole Waldie will have the play-by-play descriptions on 94.3 FM The Goat or on WHL Live.

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