Cougars aren’t going anywhere; sign new lease for CN Centre. . . . Fun night in Boston? . . . New head coach in QMJHL


F Filip Ahl (Regina, 2016-17) has signed a one-year contract with Karlskoga (Sweden, Allsvenskan). This season, with Tingsryd (Sweden, Allsvenskan), he had 11 goals and nine assists in 42 games. . . .

F Bud Holloway (Seattle, 2003-08) has signed a one-year contract with Red Bull Salzburg (Austria, Erste Bank Liga). This season, with Skellefteå (Sweden, SHL), he had 11 goals and 15 assists in 52 games.


The Prince George Cougars and the City of Prince George have agreed to a six-year lease PrinceGeorgeagreement for the CN Centre. The lease is retroactive to July 31, so it covers the recently completed season, and will run through the 2023-24 WHL season. . . . With the Kootenay Ice having left Cranbrook for Winnipeg, there had been whispers that perhaps the Cougars, who have struggled to draw fans in recent seasons, might at least contemplate a move. . . . Here’s Andy Beesley, the Cougars’ vice-president of business: “We’ve never wavered once, behind closed doors or out in public, we’ve never talked about moving, we’re all in it for the long haul, from our owners on down, we’re committed to Prince George and we don’t just talk about being committed, we’ve proven it.” . . . Ted Clarke of the Prince George Citizen has more right here.

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I didn’t watch any of the St. Louis Blues’ 2-1 victory over the Bruins in Boston on Thursday night. But I’m thinking that things didn’t go swimmingly, again, for the NHL. . . .

Jon Goyens is the new head coach of the QMJHL’s Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Goyens, 41, spent 10 seasons as the head coach of the midget AAA Lac St-Louis Lions. . . . Goyens signed a two-year contract that contains a club option on a third season. . . . Before taking over the Lions, he spent a season with the QMJHL’s Lewiston Maineiacs as an assistant coach/video coach. . . . With the Drakkar, Goyens takes over from Martin Bernard, whose contract wasn’t renewed after their season ended.


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