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Cougars Sign CHL Import Selection Jozef Viliam Kmec

July 22, 2021 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Prince George Cougars News Release

PRINCE GEORGE, BC- The Prince George Cougars are pleased to announce they have signed 2004-born defenceman Jozef Viliam Kmec to a Western Hockey League (WHL) Standard Player Agreement.

Kmec, a product of Kosice, Slovakia was the Cougars' second round selection, 104th overall, in the 2021 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.

"We really like his size and he's a right-handed shot and that's what we were looking to add to our blue-line," said Cougars' General Manager & Head Coach Mark Lamb. "We think he will be a good addition to our stable of young defencemen."

The 17-year-old played last season for the Slovakian Under 18 National Team and collected four assists in 27 games. The Under 18 Team played in the Slovak third tier professional division. During the 2019-20 season, the 6'3", 198-pound defenceman played for HC Kosice Under 18 and amassed 35 points (8g-27a) in 48 games. He also had 32 penalty-minutes.

Kmec was recently one of 29 players named to Slovakia's Under 18 preliminary roster for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in August.

About the Prince George Cougars The Prince George Cougars have been a proud member of the Western Hockey League since 1994. The Cougars play out of the CN Centre, a 5,971-seat multipurpose arena that opened in 1995.The Cougars are owned by EDGEPRo Sports & Entertainment Ltd. The ownership group bought the Cougars in 2014 and the group consists of former Cougars Dan Hamhuis and Eric Brewer and local businessmen Ernest Ouellet, John Pateman, Greg Pocock and Raymond Fortier.

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