The Prince George Cougars have promoted associate coach Steve O'Rourke to the position of director of player development.
O'Rourke had served as associate coach for the Cougars since 2016, and held previous coaching positions with Team B.C., the Red Deer Rebels, Abbotsford Heat and Langley Rivermen.
"As an organization, we're committed (to) providing leadership and support in hockey development in the region," Cats' head coach and GM Mark Lamb said in a press release. "We feel Steve's expertise in skill development makes him the perfect fit for this role within our team and (the) hockey community in northern B.C."
O'Rourke will work to help develop Cougars players, both signed and listed prospects. In addition, he will work in partnership with the Prince George Minor Hockey Association, the Cariboo Cougars and B.C. Hockey to develop local players and minor coaches through skills programs and clinics.
"The future of Prince George minor hockey looks extremely bright. I am excited to have Steve on board," PGMHA president Glynis Vennberg said in a press release. "With his experience and knowledge of the game, we are well on our way to building a much stronger foundation for our organization."