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It’s an early Christmas present! The BCHL and the Powell River Kings have launched a new website system and stats upgrade that’ll take effect beginning December 30th. It means that all 17 teams received new websites to build and fans will get a different look at team and player stats as well. The system is the same one that the Canadian Hockey League uses for its leagues (WHL, OHL, QMJHL) and is closely tied in with FastHockey, the league’s PPV video provider.

The launch of the new website means some changes for the blog, as I’ve made the decision to combine the two. For the last few years the main source of Kings news was the blog, while the old website often got overlooked by myself. Game recaps were rarely posted and it often sat un-updated for days. With the blog and website combining, it means (nearly) daily fresh content on the website and one spot for Kings fans to gather information on the team.

So after 4 and a half seasons, 989 posts and 300,000 views…this will be the last post on this incarnation of “Kings of the Castle”. To continue reading the same content, game previews, news and information, simply visit Archived blog content content is available through

Enjoy Kings fans!

Click here to the new Kings website & blog


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Three Things returns with a look back at the final pair of games during a 6-game stint at the Hap Parker Arena. Also, Alex Rawnsley previews 3 games in 2 and a half days through the lower Mainland and Interior of BC.

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The Powell River Kings will again have representation on a global stage as both Kyle Betts and Carter Turnbull will join the team in Ontario and represent the BCHL at this year’s World Junior A Challenge. It continues a long history of Powell River participation in the event, which included Kurt Keats captaining Canada West last year, and Kent Lewis, Sean Maguire and Evan Richardson winning gold in Langley in 2011.

The tournament begins Sunday with a preliminary game against Czech Republic. The full schedule is available here.

Here’s the full roster:


Date of Birth
Current Team
1 Bo Didur G L 5’10” 160 04/21/1997 West Vancouver, B.C. Langley (BCHL)
31 Matthew Murray G L 6’1” 185 02/02/1998 St. Albert, Alta. Spruce Grove (AJHL)


Date of Birth
Current Team
3 Dean Stewart D R 6’2” 178 06/10/1998 Portage la Prairie, Man. Portage (MJHL)
4 Brett Orr D L 5’10” 182 04/04/1996 Elkhorn, Man. Portage (MJHL)
5 Shane Bear D L 5’10” 170 02/17/1997 Calgary, Alta. Brooks (AJHL)
6 Brinson Pasichnuk D L 6’0” 185 11/24/1997 Bonnyville, Alta. Bonnyville (AJHL)
7 Cale Makar D R 5’10” 175 10/30/1998 Calgary, Alta. Brooks (AJHL)
8 Dante Fabbro D R 6’1” 185 06/20/1998 Whistler, B.C. Penticton (BCHL)
9 Dennis Cholowski D L 6’1” 165 02/15/1998 Langley, B.C. Chilliwack (BCHL)


Date of Birth
Current Team
10 Tyson Jost F L 6’0” 195 03/17/1998 Kelowna, B.C. Penticton (BCHL)
11 Liam Finlay F R 5’7” 145 02/18/1997 Kelowna, B.C. Vernon (BCHL)
12 Bobby McMann F R 6’2” 185 06/15/1996 Wainwright, Alta. Bonnyville (AJHL)
14 Justin Fregona F R 5’7” 154 05/29/1997 Mississauga, Ont. Langley (BCHL)
15 Blake Hayward F R 6’1” 195 02/11/1998 Vancouver, B.C. Coquitlam (BCHL)
16 Brandon Biro F L 5’11” 160 03/11/1998 Sherwood Park, Alta. Spruce Grove (AJHL)
17 Tyler Busch F L 6’2” 192 01/03/1996 Lloydminster, Alta. Spruce Grove (AJHL)
18 Carter Turnbull F R 5’7” 155 09/08/1998 Nanaimo, B.C. Powell River (BCHL)
19 Tyler Maltby F R 6’2” 215 05/13/1996 Sherwood Park, Alta. Sherwood Park (AJHL)
20 Troy Van Tetering F R 5’10” 165 04/26/1997 Carstairs, Alta. Lloydminster (AJHL)
21 Joseph Nardi F L 5’9” 155 06/01/1997 Edmonton, Alta. Whitecourt (AJHL)
23 Noah Bauld F R 5’11” 180 01/02/1997 Halifax, N.S. Lloydminster (AJHL)
29 Kyle Betts F L 6’1” 180 09/17/1997 Flesherton, Ont. Powell River (BCHL)

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Here’s the release from the BCHL:

The 22 players who will represent Team Canada West at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge in Cobourg and Whitby, Ont., have been named.

Hockey Canada and the Canadian Junior Hockey League announced that two goaltenders, seven defencemen, and 13 forwards will make up this year’s Team Canada West roster, which meets the Czech Republic in the tournament-opener on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. ET at the Cobourg Community Centre.

“We had quite the task to go from the 60 players invited to selection camp to this final 22-player roster,” said Team Canada West head coach Tim Fragle. “I’m happy with what we saw at camp, and of the welcome we had in Leduc, and I’m confident we have a strong team heading into this year’s World Junior A Challenge. We’ll be ready to compete.”

The final tournament roster was chosen by Fragle (Sherwood Park, AJHL) along with assistant coaches Paul Dyck (Steinbach, MJHL), Mike Reagan (Flin Flon, SJHL) and Barry Wolff (Coquitlam, BCHL), and director of hockey operations Trevor Alto (B.C. Hockey League).

Players named to Team Canada West were selected from the CJHL’s five western Junior A leagues: the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) and Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).

An exhibition game featuring Team Canada West going head-to-head against Russia will take place on Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET at the Duncan McDonald Memorial Gardens, home of the OJHL’s Trenton Golden Hawks. Tickets to the exhibition game are available for $10 at the arena box office.

This year marks the 10th edition of the World Junior A Challenge – executed as part of a partnership between Hockey Canada and the CJHL. The event visits Ontario for the first time since its inception in 2006. Two Canadian teams and four international squads will form the two groups of three teams that face off Dec. 13-19 at the Cobourg Community Centre in Cobourg and the Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby.

All preliminary-round games, quarter-finals, semifinals, and the bronze-medal game can be seen live and free through FASTHockey webcasts at

The gold-medal game is scheduled for Sat. Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT and will be broadcast by TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada – check local listings for details. 

Single-game tickets are now available for the tournament, and full-tournament ticket packages in both Cobourg and Whitby, including the gold-medal game, are still available through the Hockey Canada website.

Seven of the nine gold-medal games at the World Junior A Challenge have featured at least one Canadian team. Team Canada West won gold at the first two tournaments, in 2006 and 2007, and also took the top prize in 2011. The team also earned silver in 2008, 2009 and 2012, and won bronze in 2013. Team Canada East earned silver medals in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011, and claimed bronze in 2008.

For more information on the 2015 World Junior A Challenge, please visit, or follow along via social media at or

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11221701_1180429125306313_1281558082523705272_nKigns vs Cowichan 11.28-0024

A banner week and a roll for the Powell River Kings has been highlights by a pair of players being recognised by the BCHL this week. Jeremy LeClerc gets the Player of the Week award, while Jeff Smith got an Honourable Mention. Here’s the release from the league:

Powell River Kings defenceman Jeremy LeClerc has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 29, the league announced on Monday.

LeClerc scored a pair of goals from the back end, including his second game-winner of the season, to help the Kings to a home doubleheader sweep of Cowichan Valley. The native of Saskatoon scored his first of the weekend in a 6-1 win Friday over the Caps and he came through with the decisive goal in the third period to lift the Kings to a 3-1 win the Saturday game.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound D-man was sound in his own end too as the Kings allowed just two goals on the weekend. LeClerc leads Kings defencemen in goals on the seaosn with six.

Honourable mentions this week:

  • Powell River Kings G Jeff Smith: 2W, 67 save/69 shots, .971 sv%, 1.00 GAA, 1st Star
  • Surrey Eagles F Jeffrey Stewart: 5G, 3A, hat trick, 1st Star, 2nd Star
  • Penticton Vees F Scott Conway: 4G, 2A, 1st Star, 3rd Star, OT GWG
  • Salmon Arm Silverbacks F Josh Laframboise: 1G, 3A, 2nd Star
  • West Kelowna Warriors F Kylar Hope: 2G, 2A, 1st Star, GWG
  • Langley Rivermen F Torrin White: 2G, 3A, 1st Star

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Kigns vs Cowichan 11.28-0040

It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t textbook and it was far from complete…but the Kings got the job done and are rewarded with outright 2nd in the Island Division, courtesy of a 3-1 victory on Saturday over the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

  • The Kings quite simply got the job done Saturday against Cowichan. It was far from the dominant and convincing win we saw Friday night, but the 2 points earned then look awfully similar to the 2 points earned Saturday.
  • On that thought, the Kings were really lacking conviction in the way they moved the puck. Credit the Caps for a better effort and a much better start, but the Kings moved away from clearing puck the first time and finding those tape to tape passes and instead put a lot of pucks into feet and opposition control.
  • A big moment in the game was that disallowed goal for the Caps where it had looked like Patrick Geary had poked a puck home after Jeff Smith had frozen it. The referee pointed to the back of the net, but then after a conference at centre ice the decision was overturned. The only feedback I got on that play after the game was that the referee had apparently blown the whistle before the puck crossed the line, but if that’s the case I’m not sure why the man down low pointed in the back of the net to begin with. Either way it didn’t count and kept the game tied at 1 heading into the 2nd intermission. No doubt deflating for Cowichan who had not had much luck in the weekend so far.
  • A short written recap due to a busy Sunday for me, but a lot of topics covered in the video below so check out the post game chats with Hunter Findlater and Brock Sawyer.

Some bonus video from the game is another Jack Long special, this time on Patrick Geary after a nice breakout pass was reeled in and generated a partial break only to be closed down by the 16 year old defenceman. It’s pretty nice.

Three Stars of the Game

  1. Jeremy LeClerc (Kings) – 1 goal
  2. Rylan Ball (Kings) – 1 goal
  3. Kade Kehoe (Capitals)

The Kings are now outright 2nd in the Island Division thanks to a weekend sweep over the Caps, two back of the Nanaimo Clippers with a game in hand and 1 up over the Capitals, also with a game in hand. The Kings host the Victoria Grizzlies at the Hap for a pair this coming weekend, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

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Stefan Wornig, Kyle Betts and Carter Turnbull have all been selected for the 2015 Canada West Selection Camp, set to go in Calgary next month. The camp will eventually pick a Canada West roster that will compete at the 2015 World Junior A Challenge in Whitby and Coberg, Ontario from December 13th to 19th.

The Kings have consistently been well represented at the tournament, most recently with Kurt Keats captaining Canada West last season.

Here’s the release from the BCHL, including the rest of the Canada West roster:


There will be 18 players from the BCHL among the hopefuls for Team Canada West and the 2015 World Junior A Challenge (WJAC).


The team will be selected from players from the BCHL, Alberta Junior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Manitoba Junior Hockey League and Superior International Junior Hockey League.

The Chilliwack Chiefs will be sending the most players to the camp from the BCHL with five. Powell River will send three. In all, 18 BCHL players will be trying out.

The AJHL is sending the most to the tryout with 24.

Team Canada West has won gold at the WJAC on three occasions, the last being in 2011 in Langley. The United States has claimed gold six times, including the last three years in a row. Only Canada West or the U.S. has ever won the event since its inception in 2006.

The 2015 WJAC will be co-hosted by Whitby and Cobourg, Ont. from Dec. 13 to 19.

Also representing the BCHL on Team Canada West will be league executive director Trevor Alto, who will be the team’s director of operations and Coquitlam Express head coach Barry Wolff who will be an assistant coach under Tim Fragle.

Team Canada East also released their camp roster Wednesday. CLICK HERE for details.

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Kings Broadcaster Alex Rawnsley breaks down the numbers from a very successful Interior road trip for the Kings this past weekend, plus looks ahead to a double header against Cowichan at the Hap.

This Week’s Stories
3-2 OTL vs Chilliwack:
6-3 win vs Merritt:
7-3 win vs Prince George:
Tristan Mullin POW Mention:
KBN Update:
Five Hole for Food:

The Social Kingdom

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