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Cougars break the ICE; acquire veteran forward with scoring touch

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The Prince George Cougars are looking to freeze out their BC Division rivals next season.

Today (Friday), the WHL club acquired 2002-born forward Chase Wheatcroft from the Winnipeg ICE, in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft.

He split the 2021-22 season between the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Winnipeg.

In 55 games, Wheatcroft tallied 16 goals and 22 assists. He also had six points (1G-5A) in 15 playoff games with Winnipeg.

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“He is a veteran player that brings a lot of experience from his time in Lethbridge and Winnipeg, including making the Eastern Conference Final this season. That will be a big asset for our young core,” said Cougars’ General Manager & Head Coach Mark Lamb. “Chase is a skilled forward that we feel he can be a key piece up front for next season.”

Wheatcroft broke into the WHL with the Hurricanes during the 2019-20 season.

The Calgary product is the second overage forward to be added to the Cougars’ roster in the last month.

In May, the Cats picked up Noah Boyko from the Saskatoon Blades. Boyko and Wheatcroft were teammates in Lethbridge for parts of three seasons.

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