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10 Cougars Included on NHL Training Camps Rosters

September 24, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Prince George Cougars News Release

PRINCE GEORGE, BC- NHL Training Camps opened this week and 10 current and former Cougars are on rosters across the 32-team league.

Ethan Samson is the only current Cougar at an NHL Training Camp. The 18-year-old defenceman was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round, 174th overall, in 2021 NHL Draft. Samson posted 12 points (1g-11a) in 22 games during the 2020-2021 WHL BC Division Hub season.

Defencemen Max Martin and Cole Moberg were invited to the Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks camps after playing last season in the AHL. Martin is signed with the Texas Stars, Dallas' AHL affiliate, for the 2021-222 season. Moberg is on a Professional Tryout with the Sharks after playing last season with the Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks' AHL affiliate. Forward Reid Perepeluk signed a one-year AHL contract with the Stockton Heat, the Calgary Flames affiliate and is attending Flames Training Camp.

Zdeno Chara embarks on his 25th season in the NHL and is going back to where it all began. The former Cougar signed a one-year deal with the New York Islanders, the team that drafted him in the 1996 NHL Draft. Dennis Cholowski is part of the expansion Seattle Kraken. The defenceman was picked by Seattle in the NHL Expansion Draft back in July. Cholowski split last season between the NHL and AHL with the Detroit Red Wings organization. Brett Connolly enters his first full season with the Chicago Blackhawks after a midseason trade from Florida a year ago.

The NHL Regular Season beings on Tuesday, October 12th with a pair of games, including the expansion Kraken taking on the Vegas Golden Knights. The 82-game schedule concludes on April 29, 2022.

Below is a list of Cougars, past and present, on NHL Training Camp rosters by team:

Anaheim Ducks- Brendan Guhle

Calgary Flames- Reid Perepeluk

Chicago Blackhawks- Brett Connolly

Dallas Stars- Max Martin

New York Islanders- Zdeno Chara

Philadelphia Flyers- Ethan Samson

Pittsburgh Penguins- Justin Almeida

San Jose Sharks- Cole Moberg

Seattle Kraken- Dennis Cholowski

Winnipeg Jets- Jansen Harkins

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