Spruce Kings on the road
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.