According to Western Hockey League commissioner Ron Robison in an interview on Shaw Cable on Saturday, Canadian Olympic gold medalists Eric Brewer and Dan Hamhuis are part of a new ownership group that have bought the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League. Hamhuis and Brewer are still active in the National Hockey League. Brewer plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Hamhuis plays for the Vancouver Canucks.
Hamhuis, a native of Smithers, British Columbia and Brewer, a native of Vernon, British Columbia, are both defensemen who played their junior career in Prince George. Brewer, played in Prince George from 1995-1998 and had 14 goals and 62 assists for 76 points, while Hamhuis played in Prince George from 1998-2002 an had 34 goals and 122 assists for 156 points.
Hamhuis won a gold medal for Canada at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, while Brewer won a gold medal for Canada at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Hamhuis is set to make $4.25 million in each of the next two seasons while playing for the Canucks who are more than likely headed towards a rebuilding process, while Brewer is to make $3.75 million in 2014-15.
In March, Nate Seager of Yahoo! Sports, reported that Rick Brodsky, who had owned the Cougars for 14 years, had an agreement in place to sell the Cougars to local investors. The Cougars have played in Prince George since 1994 when they moved from Victoria.
The Cougars finest season came in 2000 when they had a franchise best 95 regular season points and advanced to the Western Hockey League's Western Final before losing to the Spokane Chiefs in five games. That season Hamhuis had 10 goals and 23 assists for 33 points in 70 games. He also had a whopping 140 penalty minutes. Trent Hunter, who went on to play for the New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings, led the Cougars in scoring that year with 46 goals, 49 assists and 95 points.