COBOURG COUGARS TALENT POOL OFF-THE-ICE GETS EVEN DEEPER!
"Cobourg Cougars Appoint Brent Tully as New Assistant General Manager Effective Immediately"
November 7, 2011, COBOURG, ON. - Already known in Canadian Junior Hockey circles as a force "ON" the ice
with great leadership behind the bench and in the front office, the Cobourg Cougars of the Ontario Junior Hockey
League have added yet another piece to their "OFF" the ice team that will help them continue their quest to become
one of the premier junior "A" hockey teams in the country.
The Cougars are proud to announce that Brent Tully of Peterborough has been hired as the new Assistant General
Manager of the Cougars. Brent will work closely with all members of the Cougars' management team in its
continuing efforts to become a leader in Canadian junior hockey.
Brent's hockey pedigree is exceptional to say the least he was the Captain of the Peterborough Petes, a fourth
round draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks and won Two Gold Medals at the World Junior Hockey Championships,
where he was captain of the 1994 team that represented Canada. Away from the rink Brent's contributions seem
endless as well. These are but a few notes from a resume packed with incredible accomplishments! (see full list at
end of release).
Cougars' GM Todd Diminie can't wait to bring Mr. Tully aboard to help take the Cougars to even higher levels of
achievement, "We have worked very hard to regenerate the Cobourg Cougars' franchise into one of the premier
junior "A" organizations in Canada. I look forward to working with Brent, in our continuing quest to become better."
Brent echoed those sentiments as well excited to become a member of the Cougars Den! "It is indeed an honour
and a privilege to work within a dynamic organization like the Cobourg Cougars - a team with incredibly strong
support from its community, sponsors and fans," said Tully. "I agreed to join the Cougars when it became clear we
shared so many of the same core philosophies about hockey, on-ice and off-ice development and fostering a playercentric
model predicated on giving young hockey players every opportunity to become well-rounded, respectful and
good people confident in their abilities."
Brent will work closely with all members of the Cougars' management team in its continuing efforts to become a
leader in Canadian junior hockey. Team Governor Marc Mercier sees this as an incredible win-win situation for all
involved, as well as a compliment to all the great work the team has done. "Needless-to-say, it is a testament to the
strength, discipline and vision of the entire club that we are able to attract someone with so much to offer our club,
like Brent," says Mercier. "We are an organization geared for excellence. Brent understands what it takes to be
successful. Brent will assist the club in various ways, with an emphasis on helping us to recruit and develop players
interested in progressing to higher levels within hockey and forging relationships with other levels within junior
For more than 45 years, the Cobourg Cougars have been a strong, community-based and well-supported junior
hockey organization. To this point of the 2011-2012 campaign, the Cougars are at the top in league attendance, are
among the top 5 clubs in the league in terms of winning percentage, are among the top 20 teams ranked nationally
and have laid the foundation for achieving top quartile on-ice success from its new home at the Cobourg Community
Centre. For more information on the Cougars generally, please visit www.cobourgcougars.com and follow the
Cougars on www.Twitter.com/cobourgcougars.
For further information on this news release, please feel free to contact:
Governor, Cobourg Cougars
BRENT TULLY On and off the ice
On Ice Accomplishments:
-Drafted 31 st overall by the Peterborough Petes in 1990.
-Played on the Ontario U-17 Team that captured Gold at the Canada Winter Games
-Played on the Canadian U-18 Team that captured Silver in Yokohama, Japan.
-Was drafted in the 4 th round of the NHL draft by the Vancouver Canucks.
-Played on the OHL Champion Peterborough Petes in 1992-93.
-Selected to play on the 1993 Canadian National Junior Team that captured Gold in Gavle, Sweden.
-Was selected to the All-Star Team at the 1993 World Junior Championships along with Peter Forsberg, Markus
Naslund, Martin Lapointe, Kenny Jonnson and Manny Legace.
-Was Captain of the 1993-94 Peterborough Petes
-Played on the 1994 Canadian National Junior Team that also won Gold in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
-Was selected unanimously by teammates to Captain the 1994 Canadian National Junior Team.
-Played three seasons with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL
-Played five seasons in the DEL (German Elite League)
Off Ice Accomplishments:
-Won Ontario Hockey League Humanitarian of the Year Award in 1994 for outstanding community service.
-Won the Joseph Stewart Memorial Award in 1993 as presented by the Peterborough Sports Hall of Fame for
outstanding representation of the City of Peterborough in sport.
-Won the Peterborough Examiner Sportsperson of the year in 1993 for outstanding service to the community in sport
and community service.
-City of Peterborough Senior Male Athlete of the Year 1993.
-Local advocate and former Chairperson of the Easter Seals Power Play for Kids.
-Currently a Board Director for the Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation
-Vice President of the Peterborough Petes Alumni