The Princeton Posse are proud to announce the signing of Princeton product, Curtis Gould. The seventeen year old defenceman joins the local big club after spending most of the last two seasons in the Okanagan Rockets system with the U16 AAA Okanagan Rockets as a fifteen year old and splitting last season between the U18 AAA Okanagan Rockets and the U18 AA South Zone Knights. In his fourteen games last year with the Rockets, Curtis put up six points with two goals and four assists and established himself as a steady and physical defenceman.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to work with Curtis this season, local or not, we feel he can be an impact player in our line up. When you watch him play, his skating and compete level jump out at you right away. He is a smart player that we feel will be ready to make the jump to the next level after a season here.” Says Coach Mark McNaughton
The Posse iced a dynamic defensive core last season who contributed to the score sheet on a nightly basis. The club’s staff will look to build off that model this year and are confident additions like Curtis will blend nicely to the returning group.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to play back at home for the Posse. I have heard great things about the systems and coaching style of Coach McNaughton. I think I am a lock down defenceman, who can contribute some offensive touch as well. I am looking forward to bringing good energy on and off the ice.” said Curtis Gould, when asked how he felt about joining his hometown team.
Curtis becomes the eleventh local player to suit up for the Posse in the last five years, a number the club says the whole town should be proud of. “We are part of a small community, the fact that the town supports a junior hockey team is one thing. The fact that there is a local talent pool we can draw from is another. We have always been impressed with the grit and leadership our local players bring to the game and a lot of that comes from the coaching and mentoring they received in Princeton minor hockey.” adds Coach McNaughton
There is still some uncertainty as to when we will see the start of the KIJHL season but the Posse will hold their fall tryouts the weekend of September 25th, in the first steps of building the 2020-21 team.