Prince George Cougars General Manager Todd Harkins announced this morning that the Prince George Cougars have acquired 1997-born goaltender Nick McBride (Maple Ridge, BC) from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for a 2017 second round WHL Bantam Draft pick.
Originally selected 23rd overall by the Prince Albert Raiders in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, McBride (6’3”, 185 pounds) has dressed in 64 career regular season games (all with the Prince Albert Raiders), and has compiled a record of 25-25-1-2. His career goals-against-average is 3.22 and his save percentage is .900. He also has two career shutouts.
McBride’s resume on and off the ice is impressive. He was named the 2014-15 WHL Scholastic Player of the Year (winning the Darryl K. Seaman Trophy) in May 2015. On the ice he represented Team Orr at the 2014-15 CHL/NHL Top Prospect’s Game and helped lead them to a 6-0 shutout victory over Team Cherry. He helped lead Team Pacific to a Silver Medal at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and won a Western Canadian Bantam AAA Championship in 2012 as a member of the Burnaby Winter Club. Last season McBride was ranked the seventh best draft eligible North American born goaltender by NHL Central Scouting.
“This was an opportunity that we simply could not afford to pass up,” said Prince George Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “Not only does this trade make our team better today, but it also further solidifies the future of our goaltending moving forward. Nick McBride is an elite player who is coming to Prince George highly motivated and we are confident that he is going to fit right in and compliment our group nicely.”
After winning their past two games, the Prince George Cougars will look to continue their winning ways on Friday when they travel to Everett to face the Silvertips. The Cougars will also hit Kamloops during their travels Saturday (November 7th) before returning home for a home double-header on Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th against the Edmonton Oil Kings. Tickets and Game Packs are still available by calling: 250-564-5585.