Taylor Dakers has been hired as the Prince George Cougars first full-time Goaltending Coach.

The 31-year-old spent the past five seasons as a goalie coach with the Red Deer Rebels.

“We’re excited about the future of our organization’s goaltending and we felt we needed to invest in that position. Having Taylor here, full-time, is an invaluable asset to our young goalies,” said Eric Brewer, shareholder EDGEPRo Sports & Entertainment in a team news release.

Dakers, a native of Langley, played four seasons in the WHL with the Kootenay Ice from 2003 to 2007.

He was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the fifth round of the 2005 NHL Draft and went on to play a couple of seasons in the Sharks organization (AHL and ECHL).