The Prince George Cougars have kicked off 2018 with a bang.

The club announced today they have traded forward Ethan O’Rourke (’99) to the Everett Silvertips for 16-year-old forward Ethan Browne (’01).

In 57 career regular season games with the Cougars, O’Rourke managed six goals, 16 points.

“It’s difficult to part with a quality person like Ethan O’Rourke. He’s a terrific young man, with plenty of potential and he’ll be a great fit in Everett,” says General Manager Todd Harkins in a statement.

“Browne fits into that young nucleus we’re building around here in Prince George. He’s someone we feel can really grow within our team and we’re excited to have him in the fold.”

Browne (5’11”, 181lbs) was the 14th overall pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.

He has split time this year with Everitt and the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Brown has one assist in eight games with the Silvertips this season and three goals, five points, in nine games with Drayton Valley.