Spruce Kings on the road

The Prince George Citizen - - SPORTS - Cit­i­zen staff

Based in what is the north­ern­most B.C. Hockey League out­post, the Prince Ge­orge Spruce Kings know they get pun­ished by their iso­la­tion from the other 16 teams in the league.

But this week­end’s three-game tour of the In­te­rior Di­vi­sion eas­ily ranks as the long­est and likely most dif­fi­cult the Spruce Kings (10-7-2-3), third in Main­land Di­vi­sion) will en­counter this sea­son.

The team left Wed­nes­day night for the 992-kilo­me­tre trip to Trail, where they play the first-place Smoke Eaters (16-4-1- 0) tonight. Then the Kings will travel 383 km to We­natchee, Wash., for a Satur­day night game against the Wild (11-7-0-1, fourth in In­te­rior).

Then, after grab­bing a bite to eat, the Kings will be back on the bus head­ing to West Kelowna, a 354 km trek for their third game in less than three days. They’ll play the War­riors (13-8-0-0, third in In­te­rior) Sun­day at 2:30 p.m.

The re­turn trip to Prince Ge­orge is an­other 675 km up High­way 97.

It all adds up to 2,404 km to play three games. That’s like driv­ing from Prince Ge­orge to Dry­den. Ont.

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