WHL draft pick Brown joins Cougar family

The Prince George Cougars claimed Caden Brown’s licence to play in the Western Hockey League April 22 when they selected him 17th overall in the WHL bantam draft.

On Monday, Brown officially joined the Cougar family when the 15-year-old forward from Fort St. John signed a standard WHL player agreement with the team.

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“It’s been a dream of mine to play in the WHL for longer than I can remember and signing with such a great organization like the Cougars makes it that much more special,” said Brown, in a team release. “I can’t wait to get started on this journey.”

As captain of the Delta Hockey Academy’s Bantam Prep Green team this past season, Brown finished third in team scoring with 35 goals 30 assists and 65 points in 30 games (seventh in the Canadian Sports School Hockey League scoring race) and racked up five points (a goal and four assists) in two playoff games. As a 13-year-old with the Green team in 2018-19, Brown produced a point per game with 15 goals and 15 assists.

“Brown is an elite talent and signing him is critical for the future of our organization,” said Cougars’ Director of Scouting, Bob Simmonds. “He checks all the boxes, he’s highly skilled, a true competitor, and plays a hard, heavy game. It’s an exciting day for the Cougars.”

Brown helped Delta Academy Green to a first-place regular season finish and the team won the inaugural U.S. Challenge Cup in February.

From this year’s WHL draft class, the Cougars have now signed Brown and forward Riley Heidt of Dundurn, Sask., who they picked second overall.

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