A goal 30 seconds into the contest from Kurt Keats set the tone for a high scoring, wild affair in Langley as the Kings were on the wrong end of a 9-7 result to the Langley Rivermen on Sunday afternoon.

Here are some thoughts from the game:

  • The game was mean and tough from the Langley Rivermen and the Kings paid dearly for it. Curtis McCarrick, Jonny Evans and Matt Hermary all left the game at points with injury, while Wes St. Amand and JJ Coleshaw were both ejected after fighting. All told, my unofficial count had 11 powerplay chances for the Kings and 9 for the Rivermen.
  • Penalties aside, this was just an odd game to watch. The Kings got off to a good start, scoring on the first shift, but some defensive lapses and missed chances between the pipes meant Langley took control of the game inside 10 minutes. The Kings were able to battle back, but were never able to get that ‘next’ goal to tie it up or take the lead, and were always kept just out of reach by the Rivermen.
  • It was good to see the return of Jarid Lukosevicius, who had been protected a little this weekend as he’s coming off a minor injury. He looked to have gained some speed this off-season and used it on his 1st goal to drive wide and cut in. Luko, Keats and Pritchard were partnered together when the injuries and ejections allowed and seemed to quick pretty well.
  • The youngest players for the Kings were probably their best. Carter Turnbull and Ryan Pouliot both capped good weekends with goals, while AP call-up from the NW Giants Callahan Brebner looked comfortable in his first Junior outing. Also solid was Stefan Wornig who battled consistently in the crease all weekend, but particularly Sunday.
  • There are some tough decisions ahead. Kent Lewis mentioned before Sunday’s game that he’s  hoping to get close to the 22 by Saturday, however a few of the younger players with the team at the moment made the coaching staff’s decision that much more difficult with their play. Final cuts will come early this week, and then I imagine some fine tuning inside the first month of the season. The Kings like what they have, now it’s about molding it into a winning team.

No postgame interview unfortunately, however Garrett James (a lower mainland photographer) was at the game and snapped the following shots (as well as the one above):

It counts for real on Saturday as the Kings open the BCHL season at the Showcase against Chilliwack. It’s a 7:00pm start at Prospera Centre and the broadcast will be live on the Kings Broadcast Network AND CJMP 90.1 FM in Powell River.


A BCHL Showcase preview started well for the Kings, but turned ugly thanks to 3 goals conceded on the Chiefs powerplay as the Kings fell for the 2nd time on their exhibition weekend, by a score of 7-3 against the Chilliwack Chiefs.

(Saturday’s game was not broadcast on FastHockey, and there are no video highlights available)

Here are some thoughts from the game:

  • Much better start, and that’s not considering the goal 58 seconds in. The Kings gave up some chances, but Stefan Wornig was sharp. The Kings pressed will inside the opening 5 minutes, but weren’t able to sustain that.
  • All 3 goals that the Kings scored were near carbon-copies. Some sort of entry into the offensive zone, either via rush or dump in and retrieval. Then some good work below the goal line and a pass out in the low slot for a quick tap in. It seemed however that after the 3rd goal, the Kings either stopped working below the goal line, or the Chiefs adjusted well enough to take those opportunities away.
  • Saw some highs and lows from Stefan Wornig tonight. His early play was fantastic and he kept the Kings in the game early, however there are a few goals that I’m sure he’d love another look at and that’s the nature of hockey for a young goaltender. He worked the bottom of the net quite well and will continue to learn from each experience in the BCHL.
  • Penalty trouble again hurt the Kings, who for the 2nd night in a row conceded 3 goals on the penalty kill. The penalty kill is a double edged sword right now. It’s obviously not good to be essentially losing games on the kill, but the team doesn’t have units set up right now. Last season, Keats and Luko were followed by Scarfo and Dorantes, then Coleshaw and Hiff. Those 6 players were tasked with the bulk of penalty kills and developed systems and chemistry. That hasn’t developed this year, it’s still very early, but it will.

Here’s our post-game chat with Brock Sawyer after the game:

The Kings wrap the road trip Sunday afternoon in Langley against the Rivermen. The game will be broadcast live on the Kings Broadcast Network beginning at 1:45 with the pre-game show, faceoff at 2. Listen live at http://www.powellriverkings.com/


A 4-goal 2nd period, 3 on the powerplay helped the Coquitlam Express to a 4-3 victory over the Powell River Kings in exhibition action on Friday night.

Here are some thoughts from the game:

  • You could tell in the 1st period who had played 4 exhibition games already, and who was just playing their first. The Kings looked slower and more timid against a strong forechecking Express club.
  • The penalties in the 2nd understandably turned the tide of the game. Both Austin Kamer’s hit on Daniell Lange, and Jordan Burns’ hit on Jackson Cressey were dealt with swiftly and result is suspensions for both players. Both were without any malice, but bad hits regardless. Last I heard on Jackson Cressey was that he lost consciousness on the ice, but when they finally moved him about 15 minutes after the hit, he was alert and responsive which is a good sign. Certainly a scary moment.
  • 3rd period was excellent from a Powell River perspective. The team badly outshot Coquitlam, but couldn’t bare down on many chances and many good chances went wanting.
  • Jake Pritchard finished with 2 goals an assist, with both markers fantastic in their own way. The 1st (above) showed some great patience, power and finish. The 2nd was just good net awareness and some nice hands to settle and shoot in one motion.

Here’s the post-game chat with assistant coach Brock Sawyer:

The Kings take on the Chilliwack Chiefs Saturday night at Prospera Centre, a 7:00pm start live and exclusively on the Kings Broadcast Network. You can listen for free by going to http://www.powellriverkings.com.

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Finally, the Kings are back in action. It might only be exhibition, however seeing another colour jersey is just what the Kings are looking for this weekend as they both start and conclude their exhibition schedule. It’s been a full two weeks since camp opened at the Hap Parker Arena, and since then the Kings have been practicing almost daily, getting ready for what is hoped to be a long run into the post-season.

Step one in achieving that is forming a successful team, and with a few tough decisions left to be made that will happen for the most part this weekend. The exhibition games for the Kings have been where the team makes its final 1 or 2 cuts to get down to the 22 players the Kings will start the season with. For a team that doesn’t make a large number of trades, or have much roster turnover (outside of college commitments and overaging), these final few cuts are a big deal.

“The Faceoff” is a new weekly video giving you all the vital information for the Kings weekend ahead. I’ll have the call of all three games for you live on the Kings Broadcast Network, beginning 15-minutes prior to opening faceoff each game. To listen in, click here.

For those wanting a bit more reading on the weekend, here’s a rundown of all three games.

The Kings will see three different opponents this weekend, here’s a quick rundown:

Friday September 12th | 7:00pm | Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex
Powell River Kings @ Coquitlam Express
The Express are the reigning BCHL Champions, after getting through the first two rounds of the playoffs, then the round robin against Vernon and Victoria, before sweeping aside Vernon in the league final. Unfortunately the run didn’t go much further as the team failed to progress past the Western Canada Cup. As with any championship side, there will be a lot of new pieces to the Express puzzle and while there’s not a full roster of the club available at the moment, some of the pieces they have in place should make for a tough opponent.

Returnees Corey Mackin, Joey Santucci and Jackson Cressey (among others) will all shoulder more of the load, while new additions like Colton Kerfoot (brother of former Express forward Alex Kerfoot) will add their own flare. This is an Express team that few picked to win it all last year, but they did it by peaking at the right time. It was a slow build for a club in its first year with Head Coach Barry Wolfe, but the team’s ability to beat out both Prince George and Langley at the pointy end of the season means the Fred Page Cup will be on display in the lower mainland.

In goal, Pierce Dushenko is the incumbent as he backed up Gordie Defiel last season, while rookie netminder Braden Krogfoss went 0-3 in 4 appearances with the Trail Smoke Eaters last season.

Saturday September 13th | 7:00pm | Prospera Centre
Powell River Kings @ Chilliwack Chiefs
The Kings will get an early look at their first opponent of the season in the middle game of this exhibition road trip. The Chiefs have nowhere to go but up as they finished a distance 5th in the Mainland Division last season, and will have a new identity this year with a new Head Coach in Jason Tatarnic.

Not much remains from a tough season last year, however one bright spot was Jordan Kawaguchi. The now 17 year old defenceman was given a BCHL baptism by fire last year and was a bright spot for much of the year. Also back are defenceman Eric Roberts and forward Cole Sartorio.

It will be interesting to see what changes in the systems and the way the Chiefs play. Under outgoing Head Coach Harvey Smyl, the Chiefs played a very physical style of game, constantly on the edge and often got burned by penalties. However when the game plan worked and that line was walked, the Chiefs were a very very tough team to play against and you felt really happy if you were able to take points out of Prospera.

Sunday September 14th | 2:00pm | Langley Events Centre
Powell River Kings @ Langley Rivermen
Like the Express, the Rivermen are coming off a ‘banner’ season. For the first time in team history, the captured the BCHL Mainland Division, and the Regular Season Championship as well. It was an excellent achievement for a young franchise still developing their own footprint, and they did it with a good mix of size and skill. There are parts of both returning in this year’s roster, including forwards Will Cook and Evan Anderson, while defenceman Jacob Kearley will give the team some size and familiarity with the Kings as he was a Victoria Grizzlies d-man last season.

Also on the roster is former Powell River King Trevor MacLean. The North Vancouver product played 30 games for the Kings last season, scoring once and assisting on 9 others. He then went on to AP with the Rivermen for 5 games. Now in his 19 year old season, he’ll be looked upon to shoulder more of the load in Rivermen blue, and will no doubt be excited to play against his former club.

In net, it appears crowded. The team bought in Tyrell King from Kindersley in the off-season, however until recently he was listed as ‘suspended’ by the club. Other goaltenders listed are former Surrey Eagle Bo Didur and 19-year-old Calgary product Darren Martin.


Training comes in many different forms. Skates, weight lifting, cardio…the list goes on. Probably not on the top of the list is being a ‘sherpa’ for a local group’s “Trail Rider” program. In a similar event to last year (click here), a group of players helped out the Powell River Mobility Opportunities Society take around 3 locals with mobility challenges. The “Trail Rider” allows those with mobility challenges to get out and explore area trails, which are a huge part of the Powell River culture.

This was the 2nd time the Kings have been out with PRMOS this season, with another 10 players heading out late last week (video here). Tuesday’s walk was immediately after practice, and was a big boost to the team’s cardio training ahead of the season.

Here is a short video from the event:

You can also check out some photos on the Kings Facebook Page.


The Powell River Kings Junior A Hockey Club and CJMP 90.1 FM are proud to announce “Hockey Night in Powell River”, a new broadcast partnership for the 2014/2015 BCHL season. CJMP, Powell River’s Community Radio Station, will now broadcast every Saturday night Kings game, home and away, to fans on 90.1 FM, as well as their website, http://www.cjmp.ca.

“This is something that makes a lot of sense” says Kings Marketing and Community Relations Manager, Nadine Porchetta. “The Kings are Powell River’s community owned hockey club, and this deal partners us with Powell River’s community owned radio station.”

Beginning September 20th, when the Kings take on the Chilliwack Chiefs at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack, CJMP will broadcast all 19 Saturday night games during the regular season. “We’ve been looking for ways to add live programming and engage more segments in the community” says Don Mitchinson, member of CJMP Board of Directors. “Saturday night hockey with the Kings is a great way to do both.” Hockey Night in Powell River will air live on CJMP 90.1 FM and http://www.cjmp.ca in addition to the full schedule of games to be broadcast on the previously announced Kings Broadcast Network.

CJMP also welcomes the new weekly 30-minute Sports program Kings All Access, hosted by Kings broadcaster, Alex Rawnsley to its Monday night programming. The show will feature player and coach interviews, highlights from the weekend and a preview of the week ahead. “Fans have been asking me for 3 years for a return of “Kings Corner” from many years ago” says Rawnsley. “This is a direct response to that.” Kings All Access will debut Monday, September 22nd at 6:00pm.

“We’re really excited about this agreement with CJMP and the opportunity it provides our hockey club” says Kings Head Coach and General Manager Kent Lewis. “Radio broadcasts have always been a very important way for us to connect with our fans, and we’re happy to work with CJMP in this capacity.”

A full schedule of games to be broadcast live on CJMP is below:

September 20th, 2014 – Kings @ Chilliwack
September 27th, 2014 – Kings @ Alberni Valley
December 27th, 2014 – Kings @ Alberni Valley
October 25th, 2014 – Kings @ Merritt
November 1st, 2014 – Kings vs Nanaimo
November 8th, 2014 – Kings @ Victoria
November 22nd, 2014 – Kings vs Victoria
November 29th, 2014 – Kings vs Cowichan Valley
December 6th, 2014 – Kings @ Penticton
December 13th, 2014 – Kings @ Victoria
December 20th, 2014 – Kings @ Vernon
January 3rd, 2015 – Kings vs Victoria
January 10th, 2015 – Kings vs Victoria
January 17th, 2015 – Kings @ West Kelowna
January 24th, 2015 – Kings vs West Kelowna
January 31st, 2015 – Kings vs Cowichan Valley
February 7th, 2015 – Kings vs Penticton
February 21st, 2015 – Kings @ Victoria
February 28th, 2015 – Kings vs Alberni Valley

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The Powell River Kings are proud to announce the launch of the Kings Broadcast Network, effective immediately.

The Kings Broadcast Network is a 24-hour, live streaming online radio station featuring a mix of Kings and BCHL content. “This is a one of a kind project that gives our fans more content, more information and more access to the club” says Kings Broadcaster Alex Rawnsley. “The idea came from the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, who have their last 5 or so games available on demand. I wanted to see how much further I could take that idea and, after 2 years, this is the result.”

With the 2014/15 season set to begin September 20th in Chilliwack, the Kings Broadcast Network will be the host broadcaster for all 58 games during the regular season, as well as the entire playoff run. “Our goal was to create a central place where Kings fans are able to catch games live, and on replay” says Rawnsley. In addition to live coverage of every Kings game, the Network will replay games at various points throughout the day. “It’s to accommodate fans, family and friends of our players who live outside of BC, as many families on the east coast find it difficult to start watching or listening to a game at 10pm” adds Rawnsley. “A staple feature in the schedule will be a 9:00am EST daily replay of the previous game.  This gives our east coast fans the opportunity to enjoy Kings hockey as they begin their work day.”

The Network will also have scheduled programming featuring alumni updates, player profiles and feature interviews with key Powell River and BCHL figures, and already contains over 3 years of content. “This is something unique to our hockey club” says Kings Head Coach and GM Kent Lewis. “Anything that allows for a better connection to our fans and the parents of our players is a good thing, and I’m confident this will do that.”

The Kings Broadcast Network is available online by visiting: http://bit.do/KingsBroadcastNetwork. The Network is also available on all smart phones and tablets with an Internet connection. A full schedule for the Network is attached to this release.

Businesses and supporters should contact Alex Rawnsley to arrange sponsorship options for all of the features of the Network including the live games.

The Powell River Kings will also be announcing a new FM radio broadcast partnership on Thursday, September 4th.


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