The Southwest Cougars continue to prepare for the upcoming 2018/2019 season with a pair of road games in Kenora on the last weekend in September. Prospects can register for the Cougars pre-season by going to the team’s website. Camp will run on the weekend of September 7-9.
But prior to camp starting, a bit of the Cougar past will return to Souris. The Cougars were AAA League Champions for 2 years in 1997/98 and 1998/99 when they defeated the Pembina Valley Hawks both seasons to advance to the Regional Air Canada Championships. Former Souris resident, Jeff Affleck, a member of the team, is in the process of bringing together members and staff of the two championship teams for a reunion in Souris on August 10. The day will include golf, supper, and fellowship.
In total, the Cougars had 33 players from Souris, Hartney, Melita, Killarney, Virden, Reston, Wawanesa, Boissevain, Deloraine, and Brandon over those two seasons. Coaches included Del Pedrick, Scott Coates, Todd McKay, and Bill Lawson known as Doc back then when he worked with the team. Keith Kontzie was the team manager. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Jeff in Saskatoon or touch base with Grant Moffatt in Carroll.