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North Vancouver's Cole Moberg signs pro contract with AHL's Rockford IceHogs

20-year-old defenceman was drafted by Chicago Backhawks in 2019
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Cole Moberg celebrates a goal for the Prince George Cougars in a 2019 game against the Vancouver Giants. photo Vancouver Giants/Rik Fedyck Photography

North Vancouver hockey player Cole Moberg is getting a chance to go pro after signing a one-year professional tryout contract with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Moberg inked the deal with the IceHogs, the AHL affiliate for the Chicago Blackhawks, on Jan. 20. The 20-year-old was drafted by the Blackhawks in the seventh round, 194th overall, in the 2019 NHL draft.

Moberg, a North Shore Winter Club alumni, played three full seasons with the WHL’s Prince George Cougars. He was the team’s top-scoring defenceman in the COVID-shortened 2019-'20 season, racking up 13 goals and 24 assists for 37 points in 58 games. He finished his career with the Cougars with 89 points and 101 penalty minutes in 187 regular season games.

“This is a great opportunity for Cole to continue to his development at the professional level,” stated Cougars’ general manager and head coach Mark Lamb in a release. “His signing is a reflection of the hard work and commitment he has put into getting himself ready for the next step.”

The 2020-'21 AHL regular season, delayed by the pandemic, is set to begin Feb. 5 and run until May 16.