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After 2 years in Powell River, 4 years at Union College, 2 trips to the Frozen Four and 1 National Championship, defenceman Mat Bodie has signed his first pro-contract, with the NHL’s New York Rangers. The signing comes 3 days after Bodie and Union College won their first NCAA title with a 7-4 victory over Minnesota.

In four years at Union College, Bodie played in 154 games, scoring 28 times and adding 96 assists for 124 points in regular season play alone. He captained the Men’s Hockey team for 2 seasons as a Junior and Senior, playing along side his brother Kyle for 3 years and fellow senior and former King Daniel Carr for all four. In 2 years for Powell River, Bodie dressed 145 times in the regular season and playoffs, scoring 20 goals and 129 points.

Bodie though won’t be joining the Rangers in their first round playoff match-up against Philadelphia, as he has decided to stay at Union for the remainder of the school year and finish his degree. He plans to attend the club’s development camp this summer.

The Kings congratulate Mat on this fantastic achievement.


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Mat Bodie, Daniel Carr, Noah Henry and Union College have won their first National Championship with a 7-4 win over Minnesota on Saturday at the Frozen Four.

Game Recap | Box Score | 

Bodie had a goal and an assist, while Carr added a helper of his own to help Union to the victory. It was the final collegiate game for Bodie and Carr, who both graduate from the program after 4 years and two trips to the Frozen Four tournament (the last was in 2012 in Tampa). It was a true “David vs Goliath” story when you crunch the numbers. Union, one of the smaller top-flight schools spends around $676,000 on its hockey program each year. By comparison, Minnesota spends $2.3million. Union beat Boston College in the 1st round of the Frozen Four, and they spend $3.25m (more here).

I’ve found a slew of videos and photos from the game and the aftermath:

The celebrations continue:

Here’s Bodie and Carr at the post-game press conference:

Bodie also appeared on ESPN after the game as well:

Here’s a great sights and sounds piece from Saturday:

The return back to campus with a National Championship:


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Ben Solomon/NCAA Photos

Former Powell River Kings Mat Bodie, Daniel Carr and Noah Henry are through to the NCAA’s Championship game with a 5-4 victory over Boston College on Thursday afternoon. Bodie had a goal and an assist, while Carr added a helper on a go-ahead goal in the 2nd. Union was led by Junior forward Dan Ciampini who notched a hat-trick en route to the win.

Here are some highlights from the game, including a beauty from Bodie in the 2nd period:

Box Score | Union All-Access (Video) | Bodie Post-Game Interview (Video)

Kings Head Coach and General Manager Kent Lewis watched the game, which was broadcast live on TSN2. “I thought Bodie was one of the best players on the ice” said Lewis after the game. “It was great to see him in a game like that, he reminded me of exactly how he played here in Powell River. The team is very proud of Mat, Dan and Noah for their seasons this year and the way all three played today.”

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Union will face Minnesota who advanced past North Dakota in the final second of yesterday’s other semi final (photos). The Gophers won 2-1 with 0.6 left on the clock in the 3rd period. The title game is on Saturday 4:30pm PST (7:30pm EST) live on TSN2 or TSN Go. It’s also available through Union College’s campus radio station 89.7 WRUC, and you can stream that on your computer or smart phone device (via TuneIn Radio for iPhone or Android).

Game Preview | Broadcast Info | Union Radio Broadcast

Here’s video from Friday’s press conference involving staff and players from Union, including Mat Bodie.


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Great news for those interested in the Frozen Four, the NCAA’s year-end tournament which will feature four former Powell River Kings. As we explained here, coverage in the US is through ESPN, however Bell announced today that TSN will be your Canadian home for the NCAA’s Frozen Four games beginning Thursday.

The semi-final between Evan Richardson’s Boston College and Union College, featuring Mat Bodie, Daniel Carr and Noah Henry will be aired LIVE on TSN2, beginning at 2pm PST (5pm EST) on Thursday April 10th. The other semi, seeing top-ranked Minnesota take on North Dakota, will be aired on a delay at 5:30pm PST also on TSN2.

The final is Saturday and will be aired live on TSN2 beginning at 4:30pm PST (7:30pm EST). All the games are also available via TSN GO, which is their on-demand streaming service.

Here’s the full release from Bell and TSN on the games.


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The Powell River Kings have 2 players on the watch list for the upcoming 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia.

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Goaltender Jeff Smith has made the end-of-season list after missing out on previous editions. Smith had nothing short of an excellent rookie season, winning the BCHL’s Goaltending Award along the way. He went 24-14-1 through the regular season and playoffs with a 2.39 goals against average and 918 save percentage. Smith is ranked 19th out of North American goaltenders and is just one of two BCHL netminders mentioned (Victoria’s Alec Dillon is 13th).

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Defenceman Luke Ripley makes the list despite an injury shortened season. He’s been on the list all year (as he was last season), but has been tagged with an “LV” ranking, or limited viewing. Ripley missed 20+ games this year with a leg injury sustained at the World Junior A Challenge in Nova Scotia, but still played 40, putting up 10 assists in that time frame. This is Ripley’s 2nd year in the draft system, he went undrafted last year despite a strong showing in the Central Scouting rankings. Ripley is one of 7 BCHL skaters included in the rankings, with West Kelowna’s Jason Cotton and Vernon’s Dylan Chanter leading the way in 162nd and 164th respectively.

Through the BCHL, Vernon had 3 players named, with Penticton, Salmon Arm and Powell River each with two. The draft is June 27th and 28th. You can check out the full rankings here: SkatersGoaltenders


A quick reminder about special rates for 2014/2015 Season Tickets. Until May 15th, an adult rate is down to just $299. Youth and child rates have also been discounted.

In short, this is an amazing deal. A Kings season ticket gets you entry into every single Kings home game during the regular, along with your choice in seat for the year as well. You also get free entry into any exhibition action at the Hap, plus seating priority for all Kings home playoff games.

The financials also make a tonne of sense. For one adult, a $299 season ticket equates to $10.67 a game. Divide that by the 3 hours that you’d usually spend at the rink and you get $3.56/hour. Where else in Powell River can you get high quality live sports and entertainment for that?

All the information is below…as mentioned the rates only last until May 15th, so don’t miss out!

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The VIJHL’s Nanaimo Buccaneers have announced the hiring of Derek Bachynski as the team’s new Head Coach. Derek has spent the last two years as an assistant coach with the Kings, as well as working with Powell River Minor Hockey in a few capacities.

Personally, I’d like to wish Derek the best of luck in his new venture. In two years, I don’t think he missed a post-game interview, even after tough losses, and his work with both the players and the Kings video scouting was extensive and of the highest quality.

Here’s the release from Nanaimo:

The Nanaimo Buccaneers are pleased to announce the hiring of a new Head Coach for the 2014/2015 season.  Derek Bachynski will join the team effective May 1st.
 
Derek has spent the last two years in Powell River, as an Assistant Coach with the Kings, under Kent Lewis.  This past season he was also the Head Coach of the Midget Rep team and the Head Instructor of the Minor Hockey Development Program. 
 
Derek was previously involved in coaching at a variety of minor hockey and junior levels, along with the Ohio University Bobcats in 2010/2011 where he helped lead the team to a CSCHL Conference Playoff Championship.
 
Derek’s playing career took him through the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League prior to his four years of collegiate hockey at Wayne State University, and a year of professional hockey in Holland. 
 
After his playing career he received a M.S. in Coaching Education from Ohio University while being a Graduate Assistant for their Learn to Play Hockey Program.  
 
The Buccaneers would like to thank Brad Knight for all his help through the past two seasons.  Earlier this season Brad indicated he would like to step back from his head coaching position to pursue other business opportunities.  The Buccaneers will always be grateful to Brad for his help during the first two years of our franchise history.  He helped us off to a great start and we wish him all the best in the future. 
 
Glen Smith will continue to work with the team as General Manager and further details regarding Assistant Coaches will be forthcoming.
 
Derek’s first chance to work with next year’s crop of Buccaneers will be at our Spring Prospects Camp, May 23-25 at Cliff McNabb Arena.  Feel free to drop by and check us out.
 
Please welcome Derek to Nanaimo.  I’m sure you will be seeing him around the rink!

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