The Cobourg Cougars, which play in the Ontario Junior Hockey League, will be affiliated with the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs beginning the 2020-21 season.
That partnership was announced Wednesday by the two clubs.
“We look forward to this new venture with the Cobourg Cougars,” Frontenacs general manager Darren Keily stated in a release. “The two organizations will work closely to ensure our goals are one in the same and continue to work on developing a strong relationship.”
Cougars director of hockey operations Bob Breckles echoed the sentiment in the release.
“I look forward to working closely with Darren Keily and the rest of the Frontenacs staff this season,” Breckles stated. “Kingston has drafted very well over the past few years and we look forward to working with their prospects and developing them into impactful hockey players for the Fronts. Our objective for this partnership with Kingston is to benefit the Cougars by giving our coaches access to the Fronts staff as well as development and advancement opportunities for our players.”
Kingston’s roster last season included two local players to this area; Baltimore’s Dawson Baker and Port Hope’s Kallaway Mercer.
Cougars head coach David DeMarinis expects the partnership to be beneficial for both clubs.
“The Cougars as an organization are committed to providing our players with different opportunities to advance and progress,” he stated. “This partnership with Kingston will provide development opportunities for their players as well as advancement opportunities for ours.”