Kings forward Kyle Betts has been named an Honourable Mention for this week’s BCHL Player of the Week award, announced by the league this afternoon.

Betts had 3 goals through the weekend including a pair Friday against Vernon where he also scored the game winner and got named the game’s 1st Star. He now has 4 goals on the season and sits 6th in team scoring. The award was taken out by Nanaimo’s Matt Hoover who scored 4-3-7 in a trio of Clipper wins.

Here’s the full release from the league:

Nanaimo Clippers forward Matthew Hoover has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 4, the league announced Monday.

Hoover notched four goals and three assists as the Clippers went undefeated in three games. He scored the game-winner as part of a two-goal, three-assist game to earn 1st Star in a 7-4 home win over Alberni Valley. He followed that with a goal in a 4-2 win over Coquitlam where he was again 1st Star and wrapped his week with a power-play tally in a 5-2 win over Vernon.

The Canisius College recruit’s nine goals on the season ties him for tops in the BCHL.

Honourable mentions this week:
Langley Rivermen G Nick Trenciansky: 3W, 1st Star, 96 saves/104 shots, .923 sv%, 2.53 GAA
Langley Rivermen F Justin Szeto: 3G, two 1st Stars, GWG
Penticton Vees D Dante Fabbro: 2G, 3A, 3rd Star
Nanaimo Clippers F Devin Brosseau: 1G, 7A, two 2nd Stars
Cowichan Valley Capitals G Storm Phaneuf: W, T, 1st Star, 2nd Star, 100 saves/108 shots, .926 sv%, 2.53 GAA
Powell River Kings F Kyle Betts: 3G, 1st Star, GWG


The Kings have made the CJHL National Top 20 Rankings for the first time this season, sneaking into 20th in the latest edition of the list. The rankings are probably the most controversial thing to come from the CJHL offices, as they are often hotly debated and widely criticized for large jumps and drops of teams. However they are a good indication of the teams that are performing well and become a little more accurate as the season goes on. Ultimately it means nothing in the grand scheme of things, but one of those things you’ll hear coaches say “it’s nice to be recognised, but the standings mean more”.

Here’s the release from the CJHL:

With the regular seasons for all ten leagues in the CJHL now well underway, only three teams remain unbeaten in the nation; the Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL), the Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL), and the Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL).

The Penticton Vees have moved into first place overall in the tough Interior Division of the BCHL, while the Wenatchee Wild stumbled ever so slightly and the Powell River Kings have settled into a nice winning streak.

The AJHL just wrapped its Showcase Weekend and the powerful Spruce Grove Saints have reeled off ten victories in a row to start the season, and remain ahead of the Camrose Kodiaks and Lloydminster Bobcats in first place.

The SJHL has also completed its Showcase Weekend, and the Melfort Mustangs and Nipawin Hawks are rolling along early in the season. The Portage Terriers and Winkler Flyers are keeping pace with them in the MJHL.  

The Fort Frances Lakers and the Dryden Ice Dogs are also off and running in the SIJHL with very strong starts, while the Powassan Voodoos and their unbeaten streak are leading the way in the NOJHL.

The Trenton Golden Hawks lead the nation in victories with eleven against no losses, while the Georgetown Raiders and Markham Royals are leading their respective divisions in the OJHL.

The Carleton Place Canadians and Smiths Falls Bears have had great early starts in the CCHL while the Montagnards de Sainte-Agathe remain atop the overall standings in the QJHL.

In the MHL, the Dieppe Commandos are being closely pursued by the Summerside Western Capitals in actual regulation wins, but it is the Woodstock Slammers who are in first place overall.

Top 20 Rankings

  1. Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (3)
  2. Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (1)
  3. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (11)
  4. Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) (13)
  5. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (12)
  6. Sainte-Agathe Montagnards (QJHL) (17)
  7. Portage Terriers (MJHL) (5)
  8. Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) (NR)
  9. Dieppe Commandos (MHL) (6)
  10. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL)  (18)
  11. Cochrane Crunch (NOJHL) (9)
  12. Nipawin Hawks (SJHL) (7)
  13. Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) (NR)
  14. Lloydminster Bobcats (AJHL) (2)
  15. Wenatchee Wild  (BCHL) (4)
  16. Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL) (8)
  17. Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (HM)
  18. Smiths Falls Bears (CCHL) (HM)
  19. Winkler Flyers (MJHL) (NR)
  20. Powell River Kings (BCHL) (NR)            

Honourable Mention: Dryden Ice Dogs (SIJHL), Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL), Markham Royals (OJHL), Mustangs de Vaudreuil-Dorion (QJHL), Summerside Western Capitals (MHL) 

Kigns vs Alberni Valley 10.03-0029

Gavin Rauser got his first BCHL goal, then added another. Curtis McCarrick had a pair, Kyle Betts scored shorthanded and Stefan Wornig stopped 27 in a total team effort resulting in a 5-1 victory against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Saturday night.

  • Friday night we started from the net out, so let’s reverse that tonight. Up front, again scoring comes from up and down the lineup. Gavin Rauser is finally rewarded for consistently tough and gritty play all season. As mentioned by Brock Sawyer in the post-game show (below), he’s a guy that goes to battle every night and a moment like this has been a long time coming but is well deserved.
  • Also up front, Curtis McCarrick continues to fire and makes it 5 goals now from 9 games. The 3rd year Port Hardy product had 9 last year and is on pace for a 30 goal season. Will he hit that? Maybe, maybe not, but he’s playing his best hockey yet and that’s nothing but good news for the Kings.
  • You didn’t feel the absence of Chris Protopoulos tonight who was serving game 1 of a 2-game suspension from Friday’s check from behind major. Austin Kamer slotted in beautifully with Rauser and Hawes and that line didn’t miss a beat.
  • Kyle Betts took a big leap forward this weekend. The 3 goals were a nice touch and should have him in contention for a BCHL Player of the Week award, at least an honourable mention, but the Flesherton Ontario product looked like a better player. It often takes 5-10 games for players making the jump up from a lower level of hockey (in Betts’ case, Junior B in Ontario)…perhaps 8 games was Betts’ number. I’m excited to see where he goes from here.
  • I could do a whole blog post on how selfless Nick Halagian was tonight. 3 assists, two on odd-man-rushes where he was the key assist on the scoring play, just the consummate team guy. Brock Sawyer commented on him below as well, and how both situations Nick would have probably been forgiven for shooting…instead made real nice passes on both occasions (McCarrick’s 1st and Betts’ shortie). I picked the stars tonight and I mulled throughout the 3rd for any way to squeeze him into the top 3 but in the end he got the Energy Player of the Game. To add to his 3 assists, Halagian had several key shot blocks in the 3rd period as the Kings killed off penalties and prevented Alberni from getting a run on.
  • Defensively, 26 shots against last night, 28 shots against tonight and one goal against all told. That’s about as close to perfect as you come in this league through a weekend against two pretty good opponents. It’s a shame that Bus Driver Norm (who also compiles the team’s stats) was away this weekend as I’d be really interested to see the blocked shots numbers. I would hazard to guess they’d be pretty high.
  • Nick Nonis continues to battle, then make up for it later on. He’s struggled with the puck a bit this season, not backing his decision making ability. But then he turns on the physical side of his game and sparks the team. Sunday before last it was a hit in the 1st that got the Kings going. Tonight, a similar story that led directly to a goal. You hope the decision making prowess will develop over time…but Nonis has provided a good physical edge this weekend.
  • I continue to really like Jake Kohlhauser and Rylan Ball together. I commented on air tonight how it’s almost (in a weird way) a father-son relationship. Ball, the offensive, free skating guy was often hanging back and allowing Kohlhauser to make the pinches and step up into the rush to get his feet wet, when if you were take their usual playing styles it’d be the other way round. It’s a solid pairing that you felt very comfortable with right away. The Kings have a real solid 7 back there now with no obvious weak links right from the 20’s in LeClerc and Nonis, to the 16 year old Jack Long.
  • Stefan Wornig wasn’t excellent tonight…he didn’t have to be. What he was, was a confident, commanding presence that battled when needed and stopped everything he saw. He withstood an early push and some pressure in the 1st period and kept the team in it early. He earned his 2nd win of the year, stopping 27 pucks. Wornig has now let in just 2 goals this season in 145 minutes worth of work. 0.83 GAA and .973 GAA.

Here’s what Brock Sawyer and Gavin Rauser had to say in the post game show:

Three Stars of the Game

  1. Gavin Rauser (Kings) – 2 goals
  2. Curtis McCarrick (Kings) – 2 goals
  3. Stefan Wornig (Kings) – 27 saves, 2nd win

The Kings hit the road this coming weekend, heading to Coquitlam on Friday night, then up to West Kelowna Saturday before visiting Wenatchee on Sunday night. All three games are live on the Network and 95.7 CoastFM.

Bonus goal because it’s such a nice move is the 2-on-0 breakaway for Kyle Betts and Nick Halagian in the 2nd period.

Kigns vs Vernon 10.02-0023

Make it 5-straight wins for the Powell River Kings who were backstopped solidly by Jeff Smith, kicking away 26 Vernon shots for his 1st shutout of the season and 5th victory, and aided offensively by a Kyle Betts double in a 3-0 decision on Friday night at the Hap Parker Arena.

  • Let’s work from the net out. Jeff Smith commented after that it was just a solid effort from him Friday night. Outside of a pair of Jagger Williamson chances in the 1st and 3rd, Smith was rarely pushed to make a ‘big’ save to preserve the clean sheet. Both in Williamson were excellent, the breakaway in the 3rd in particular. I’ve said it since Smith entered the league back in 2013 and it’s still true…he’s one of the slowest goaltenders I’ve seen in his movements, particularly glove side, but he always makes the save. Rarely you see him beat clean anywhere, but he’s just so deliberate and solid in his movements. By the way, Saturday is his 20th birthday…a nice present for him I’m sure.
  • On the blue line, Jake Kohlhauser played very well. Maybe some nerves as he fought the puck a little in the opening period, but overall just very very good. Played some special teams and made some crucial clearences. I liked the pairing with Rylan Ball as it will give Rylan the flexibility to skate a bit more which plays into his strengths.
  • Congratulations to Jeremy LeClerc, named the Armitage Menswear Player of the Month for September. He is 3rd in league scoring by defencemen and has a share of the team lead in points too. All this while playing mentor to Jack Long on the ice.
  • Jack Long continues to go from strength to strength, literally by playing a very bruising style of game. He took a penalty for tripping in the 1st on an attempted hip check on Hunter Zandee that he got some of but not enough. You probably don’t mind those sorts of penalties in all honesty and Long came back and delivered another hip check in the 3rd for good measure.
  • Up front, a nice night for just about everyone top to bottom. Kyle Betts and Tristan Mullin notch 2 goals and 2 assists respectively. Carter Turnbull looked very very good in his skating and buzzed all night. Liam Lawson played well I thought but just lacked some finish. Nick Halagian generated and played tough again. Mitchell Hawes shows that his Player of the Week award was no flash in the pan by putting out another solid effort. Friday was a night where you could find a positive with every player on the roster and have the negatives be very very minor.
  • Chris Protopoulos’ hit in the 1st period was the only real sour note. He’ll be gone for a couple of games via suspension on a play that was more clumsy than malice. A high tempo player getting aggressive on a back check and a bad hit on the wrong patch of ice. I’m glad Volpe was ok and played the remainder of the game.
  • On Protopoulos, the Kings lost a big part of their energy line which had been starting games/periods a lot this season. However there was some good adjustment as Austin Kamer floated between that line and Mullin/Betts and skated well. Both Betts and Kings assistant Brock Sawyer commented on the depth and how the team was able to slot a few different guys in with Rauser and Hawes to continue that energy. Protopoulos was certainly missed, but he wasn’t missed.

Here’s Kyle Betts and Brock Sawyer from Friday’s post game show:

Three Stars of the Game

  1. Kyle Betts (Kings) – 2 goals, game winning goal
  2. Tristan Mullin (Kings) – 2 assists
  3. Jeff Smith (Kings) – 26 saves, 5th win, 1st shutout

The Kings entertain the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Saturday evening at the Hap Parker Arena, a 5:00pm start. It’s then on the road for 3 straight, visiting Coquitlam, West Kelowna and Wenatchee the following weekend.

STATSGame: Vernon Vipers vs Powell River Kings
Arena: Hap Parker Arena
Puck Drop: 7:15pm
Broadcast: Starts at 6:55pm
95.7 Coast FM in Powell River
Kings Broadcast Network
FastHockey PPV Video

NUMBERSKings Record: 5-2-0-0 (1st Island)
Opposition Record: 3-3-0-1 (5th Interior)

TRENDSThe Kings are riding a 4-game winning streak after sweeping the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack a week ago. 7-2 and 4-2 wins over Coquitlam and Surrey helped the Kings to be one of just 4 teams to win both their games (Penticton, Wenatchee and West Kelowna the others).

The Vipers split their pair at the Showcase, falling 3-2 to the Wenatchee Wild but bouncing back in overtime to beat the Cowichan Valley Capitals 4-3. It’s been a “one-step-forward-one-step-back” season so far for Vernon as they’ve failed to string back to back wins together so far.


  • A full 7 days off for the Kings has been filled with tough practices this week. There were certainly a lot of things to like about the Showcase games, where the Kings controlled their opening 60 against Coquitlam and suffered only at the hands of a couple of unfortunate bounces off sticks and legs. However the 2nd game was one that probably isn’t being looked on favourably. In speaking with a couple of players this week there was certainly a feeling that the team lifted the pressure once the Kings got out to a 3-0 lead and perhaps thoughts of Thursday’s romp creeped in. Credit a tough Surrey team to get themselves back in the game, but at the end of the day the Kings did enough to survive in regulation and it was someone poetic that the empty netter for Mitchell Hawes to complete the hattrick was a result of the Kings getting back to playing tough along the boards, being gritty and playing “their” game.
  • A new face will play for the team this evening as Jake Kohlhauser makes his BCHL debut. The release on Kohlhauser is here. He’s tough, solid and will be a nice compliment to the blue line. What this will force however (in all liklihood) is a scratch on the blue line. The Kings have rolled 6 so far this season, meaning every guy goes every night. We’ll see how the coaches manage this option of rotation and making sure the best 6 go every night, not just the 6 on the roster.
  • On this note, the Kings will be without Jonny Evans for the next couple of weeks. He suffered a lower body injury in practice and is on the shelf. This means the Kings have 12 up front, although the Kings haven’t been shy this year about sitting guys nursing minor injuries.
  • Vernon has a pair of new players with them too. In goal, Brendan Barry joins the team after he was suspended and consequently released from the Penticton Vees for breaching team rules/conduct. He floated around for a couple of weeks and has landed with the Vipers. He’s a goaltender that put up good numbers on a good Penticton team last season. He’ll join Andrew Shortridge in goal who was the 20-year-old kept by the Vipers when they traded fellow 20-year-old goaltender Jarrod Schammerhorn to Merritt mid week. Also new for Vernon is winger Zack Andrusiak who comes to the team from the WHL’s Tri City Americans.
  • It’s parents weekend for the Kings as the team hosts families and friends who are in town for the pair of games. It’s another distraction for players who had better be used to them by now with home opener, then the Showcase and now parents weekend. The message though will be really simple from the coaches….you know what makes Sunday’s off day with your parents that much better? 4 points.
  • It’s the first games for the Kings on home ice as well since opening weekend against Nanaimo. It’s a short stop as well, just a pair before heading out on the road next weekend to the lower mainland, the Interior and central Washington. These short bursts can’t be overlooked as the Kings always look to make the Hap a fortress. While it might just be 2 games and one weekend, you can’t look past 120 minutes of business on your own ice.
  • In net for the Kings, I would expect to see Jeff Smith tonight, with Stefan Wornig to get another crack at Alberni on Saturday, however I should note I haven’t been told anything from the coaches on that front. Smith was very good at the Showcase and wasn’t really asked to be spectacular and he certainly deserved the shutout Thursday against Surrey if not for two bad breaks. Wornig is of course still coming off a shutout of the Bulldogs a couple of weeks ago and has looked very good this year in practice and in games.

The broadcast goes live on 95.7 Coast FM in Powell River at 6:55pm. It will also be online on the Kings Broadcast Network. In our pre-game show we’ll talk with Kent Lewis on the Showcase from a coaches perspective as well as what to expect out of Mark Ferner at the Vernon Vipers. In the 1st intermission, we’ll have chats with newest King Jake Kohlhauser, Curtis McCarrick on “that goal”, Mitchell Hawes on his BCHL Player of the Week nod and Kyle Betts on the NHL Central Scouting watch list. In the 2nd break, we’ll look back to the Showcase with a feature from TSN Radio’s BCHL This Week. Brock Sawyer will join us after 60 in the post-game show.

Kings Add Kohlhauser


The Powell River Kings are happy to announce the addition of 96-born defenceman Jake Kohlhauser from the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades.

The 6’1, 200lb product of St. Albert, Alberta has extensive experience at the Western Hockey League level, having played for the Vancouver Giants, Victoria Royals and Edmonton Oil Kings prior to this season. A self-proclaimed defensive defenceman, Kohlhauser had 1 goal and 5 assists in 75 regular season games with the three clubs. “It’s been a long trip out (to Powell River), but I’m happy to be here. I talked with the Kings before going to Edmonton’s camp and found out about the team and the town, and I’m really happy to be here.”

“Jake is an experienced defenceman who is just going to add to our blue line” says Kings Head Coach and GM Kent Lewis. “He takes care of his own zone first and foremost which is something we’re really looking for out of our guys and I think he’s going to compliment the experience we’ve already got back there.”

Kohlhauser is expected to be in the lineup as the Kings take on the Vernon Vipers at the Hap Parker Arena on Friday night. Tickets are available online via http://tickets.powellriverkings.com/


Congrats to Kings forward Mitchell Hawes on being named the BCHL Player of the Week, as well as Jonny Evans for being recognised as an honourable mention for the award. Both had excellent games at the Showcase which is certain to draw the attention of scouts moving forward.

Here’s the release from the league:

Powell River Kings forward Mitch Hawes has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 27, the league announced Monday.

Hawes scored his first BCHL hat trick at the Bauer BCHL Showcase to lead the Kings to a 4-2 win over the Surrey Eagles. He notched both Kings goals in the first and then iced the win in the third with an empty-net goal. He was named the game’s 1st Star for his efforts.

A native of Cedar Springs, Mich., Hawes now has four goals on the season has already surpassed his goal total from the 2014-15 campaign.

Honourable mentions this week:

  • Powell River Kings F Jonny Evans: 1G, 3A, 3rd Star
  • Nanaimo Clippers D Yanni Kaldis: 1G, 4A, 3rd Star
  • Penticton Vees G Anthony Brodeur: 2W, 2nd Star, 56 saves/58 shots, .966 sv%, 0.996 GAA
  • Penticton Vees F Tyson Jost: 3G, 1A, hat trick, 1st Star
  • West Kelowna Warriors G Forbes Ploszaj: 2W, 3rd Star, 45 saves/47 shots, .957 sv%, 1.00GAA

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