Williams Lake’s Tyler Povelofskie spent his past hockey season in Prince George playing for the Cariboo Cougars of the BC Major Midget League.

Williams Lake’s Tyler Povelofskie spent his past hockey season in Prince George playing for the Cariboo Cougars of the BC Major Midget League.

Povelofskie, Cougars have solid season

Williams Lake hockey player Tyler Povelofskie said his past season with the Cariboo Cougars of the B.C. Major Midget League flew by.

Looking back, Williams Lake hockey player Tyler Povelofskie said his past season with the Cariboo Cougars of the B.C. Major Midget League flew by.

There were days, though, where he said it definitely felt like a lot of work.

Povelofskie, 15, who had spent his entire hockey career playing in Williams Lake, was selected to the Cougars prior to the season, moving to Prince George in September with a billet family to begin the year.

“It was long, like anything,” Povelofskie said, who is now back attending Columneetza secondary finishing his Grade 10 year. “Looking ahead it was long, but looking back it flew by.

“Some of the days were really hard, but we got lots of time to recover and rest.”

Povelofskie and the Cougars went on to finish the regular season with 29 wins, five losses and six ties landing them second spot in the 11-team league heading into playoffs.

There, they again finished second, making it to the final before falling to the Vancouver Northwest Giants in March, who also finished first in the regular season.

Povelofskie, a forward, finished with eight goals and 12 assists for a 20-point campaign.

He said at first he was nervous, but soon found himself feeling right at home with his new team.

“I was kind of nervous at first,” he said.

“I just wanted to make the team, and it was a bit hard because I didn’t make it right away, but then in the end I did and it was great.

“It was definitely successful. I got lots of exposure and made lots of new friends, had some new experiences, learned some new things and just improved my play so it was definitely a good season.”

Heading into Grade 11 next year, Povelofskie is still eligible to play for the Cougars again next season.

“Right now I’m 15 and I can go back next year,” he said. “Or, if I make another team I can go somewhere else, but I don’t know what’s going to happen.”