The year was cut short due to COVID-19, but hockey’s provincial governing body recognized the efforts of a Prince George player in each of B.C.’s top four divisions.
BC Hockey released its annual all-star rosters this week, selecting a goaltender, two defence and two forwards in 2019-20 major AAA play in highlighting their skills and dedication to the game.
- Brette Kerley = Northern Capitals
- Alex Ochtiwa = Cariboo Cougars
- Scott Cousins = Cariboo Minor Midget Cougars
- Caleb Poitras = Cariboo Major Bantam Cougars
Kerley claimed back-to-back team-scoring titles and a new career-high 18 goals en route to the Northern Capitals’ third-place finish.
The Williams Lake product led the offensive charge for Prince George’s female midget AAA team with 26 points in 32 games, one less than her 27-point rookie debut in 2018-19.
She served as an alternate captain to teammate (and best friend) Paige Outhouse.
Kerley’s all-star team boasts three Greater Vancouver Comets, one Fraser Valley Rush and one Thompson-Okanagan Laker.
Ochitwa set a new personal-best with his Cariboo Cougars, who finished fifth in the standings despite going 9-0-1 in their last 10 games.
The Prince George alternate captain tallied 54 points in 30 regular-season games with the Major Midget Cats, including 23 goals and a team-high 31 assists, one point behind fellow all-star Dylan Wightman of the Okanagan Rockets in the league-scoring race.
He’s set to suit up in the BCHL next year after signing with the Merritt Centennials last month.
Ochitwa’s all-star teammates include two Okanagan Rockets, two Vancouver North West Hawks and one Vancouver North East Chief.
Captain Cousins put on a scoring-clinic this year, recording 57 points in 28 games, 14 more points than his Under-16 teammate Brady McIsaac.
The Prince George product’s 28 goals and 29 assists were also team-highs for the Minor Midget Cougars, propelling him to third in league stats, but was second overall with 2.04 points per game.
Cousins’ teammates rallied to its first regular-season title and swept the North Island Silvertips in the first-round of playoffs before the year was cancelled.
He joins three Okanagan Rockets and two Fraser Valley Thunderbirds on the 2019-20 all-star team.
Poitras had the best points-per-game average in the BC Major Bantam League at 1.77, and he missed four games too.
The Prince George multi-sport athlete notched 46 points in 26 games, scoring a goal in every one of them and adding 20 assists along the way.
The 14-year-old claimed second in league-scoring, while his team finished third with a regular-season record of 14-14-0-2.
Poitras is listed as all-star with three Okanagan Rockets and two North Island Silvertips.