School in ses­sion for Kings

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports - Ted CLARKE Cit­i­zen staff

The fu­ture is now for the Prince Ge­orge Spruce Kings.

Com­ing off the short­est off-sea­son in the team’s 23-year B.C. Hockey League his­tory, the Kings of­fi­cially be­gin train­ing camp to­day with fit­ness test­ing fol­lowed by prac­tice ses­sions at 1 and 2:45 p.m. at Rolling Mix Con­crete Arena.

Just three months have passed since the Spruce Kings played their last game of 2018-19 when they lost 4-3 to the Brooks Ban­dits in the Na­tional Ju­nior A Cham­pi­onship fi­nal in Brooks, Alta.

The 32 play­ers in­vited to camp will be play for ei­ther Team White and Team Blue in an in­trasquad game at 7 p.m. tonight.

The Kings will gather for prac­tices Satur­day at 10 and 11:15 a.m., then play in­trasquad games at 6 p.m. Satur­day and 10 a.m. Sun­day.

A round of cuts will follow Sun­day’s game and the re­main­ing play­ers will be around for the first ex­hi­bi­tion game Tues­day at 7 p.m. when they face the Mer­ritt Cen­ten­ni­als at RMCA.

The same two teams meet again next Fri­day in Mer­ritt to wrap up the brief ex­hi­bi­tion sched­ule.

Af­ter send­ing 15 play­ers to col­lege hockey teams, just eight play­ers are left from the team that won its first Fred Page Cup BCHL cham­pi­onship and Doyle Cup Pa­cific re­gion cham­pi­onship last spring.

The eight re­turn­ing play­ers are: de­fence­men Ja­son Chu and Nick Bochen, and for­wards Corey Cun­ning­ham, Nolan Welsh, Craig MacDonald, Fin Wil­liams, Nick Pois­son and Chong Min Lee.

Nine on the Spruce Kings’ train­ing camp ros­ter al­ready have NCAA Di­vi­sion 1 schol­ar­ships lined up, in­clud­ing Bochen (Michi­gan), Wil­liams (Michi­gan), Pois­son (Prov­i­dence), and new re­cruits D Nolan Barrett (Mer­ri­mack), D Brendan Hill (Lake Su­pe­rior State), F Thomas Richter (Union), F An­drew Sea­man (Union), F Henry Wag­ner (Yale) and F Ryan McAl­lis­ter (Western Michi­gan).

Kings fans will get their first look at 20-year-old goalie Jett Alexan­der, selected last sea­son as the coun­try’s top ju­nior A net­min­der af­ter back­ing the North York Rangers to the On­tario Ju­nior Hockey League conference fi­nals. The na­tive of Bloom­field, Ont., was also a na­tional ju­nior A MVP fi­nal­ist.

The Kings open their 24th BCHL sea­son on Fri­day, Sept. 6 at home against the Sur­rey Ea­gles.

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