As a first-year member of his hometown Prince George Cougars, Brett Connolly skated to the top of Canada.
In a historic 2008-09 season, Connolly became the first Cougars player to be named rookie of the year in the Western Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League. He finished the regular schedule with 30 goals and 60 points, tops on the club.
Connolly also helped Team Pacific win a silver medal at the World Under-17 Challenge and was the youngest member of Team Canada for the Under-18 World Championship. Last summer, Connolly again played for Canada, this time at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament in the Czech Republic. With Connolly in the lineup, Canada claimed gold.
Connolly has been hampered by hip problems this season but is still ranked as the highest WHL prospect for the 2010 National Hockey League entry draft.