Cougars deal Brink to Winterhawks for draft picks


The Prince George Cougars and Portland Winterhawks came together on a deal Friday as the Western Hockey League’s trade freeze was lifted.

Heading to the Winterhawks is the playing rights of 17-year-old forward Bobby Brink, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound product of Excelsior, Minn.

In return, the Cougars acquired a seventh-round selection in the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft from the Portland Winterhawks. If the Winterhawks sign Brink to a WHL Standard Player Agreement, the Cougars will receive a second-round selection in the 2021 WHL Bantam Draft. If Brink is on the Winterhawks roster on or before January 10th, 2019, the Cougars then receive an additional fourth-round selection in the 2021 WHL Bantam Draft. If Brink is on the Winterhawks roster on or before October 10th, 2019, the Cougars would then receive an additional sixth-round selection in the 2021 WHL Bantam Draft.

Brink has posted strong numbers for the Sioux City Musketeers this season, recording 33 points (15G-18A) in 19 games. Brink is committed to the University of Denver for the 2020-21 season.

Brink recently helped USA win gold at the World Junior A Challenge and was named the tournament Most Valuable Player after scoring eight points (2G-6A) in six games.

The Winterhawks play host to the Tri-City Americans Friday, December 28 (7::00 p.m. PT) while the Cougars are on the road against the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday as well (7:35 p.m. PT).

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