The Kings have been pretty busy over recent days not only setting up for the 2014/2015 season, but putting the final touches on the previous season. Here’s a quick rundown in case you’ve missed anything from the last few days:
Kyle Chatham will join fellow King Aidan Wright at Lake Superior State University this coming season, committing to the school this week. Chatham was steady-eddie on the Kings blue line this year who just rarely got beat. He played a very simple but effective style of game that evolved as the year went on. When he scored against Chilliwack in December, we began to see a more offensive Chatham develop, and it’ll be a while before I forget him jumping in the rush short handed and scoring from a Stephen Hiff pass at the Hap. You can read more here.
Imoo Dealt to Cents
The Kings have seemingly settled their goaltending for this season, by dealing Jonah Imoo to the Merritt Centennials. Jonah joined the team at the roster deadline in January 2012 and shared duties with Sean Maguire, Braeden Ostepchuk and Jeff Smith in his 3 seasons with the club. In 95 regular season and playoff appearances with Powell River, Jonah posted a 46-35-3 record. The deal is for future considerations and leaves Brett Magnus and Stefan Wornig as the tandem to go into the season. Wornig joins the team from the Delta Hockey Academy, and saw time as an AP with the Kings during the World Junior A Challenge last year. More on the Imoo deal is here.
Additions to the Roster
A few new names have cropped up on the Kings roster over the last few days as players begin to be carded in preparation for the 2014/2015 season. The first is Carime Buono, a 97-born defenceman who suited up last year with the Vancouver NW Giants in his lone year of Major Midget hockey. Also added is 94-born defenceman Chris Diver, who joins the Kings from the NAHL’s Bismarck Bobcats. Diver, in 74 games with Bismarck and Wenatchee, posted 4-33-37 during two regular seasons. Diver is American born, from Delaware.
The last player to be added to the roster on the BCHL website as it stands now is Liam Lawson. The Vancouver-product has some BCHL experience, playing a handful of games with Surrey as an AP last season. When not with the Eagles, he was with the Richmond Sockeyes of the PJHL and posted an impressive 53 points (20-33) from 43 games last year.
No doubt there will be many more additions to come leading into main camp at the end of August. You can check out the current Kings roster here, which will be updated as commitments become finalized processed in the various systems that need to be done before the season begins.