Nearly two weeks after bringing on what looked like a strong offensive candidate for next year, the Prince George Spruce Kings have decided to go a different route.
On Wednesday (June 17), the team announced another off-season trade that sent Quintin Loon-Stewardson, formerly of the Battlefords North Stars, to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in exchange for Austin Spiridakis.
General Manager Mike Hawes calls his latest acquisition a tremendous young talented player, but also provides a certain edge.
“Although he is only an 18-year-old player this year, he has played two full BCHL seasons,” he said in a team release.
“This will allow Austin to provide leadership and another veteran presence to our group.”
Austin Spiridakis is also a college-committed forward, set to start playing for the Quinnipiac University Bobcats in NCAA Division One hockey in 2021-22.
The St. Albert, Alta. product finished his 2019-20 campaign with 19 points in 42 games, including 12 goals, while his entire BCHL career consists of 19 goals and 30 points in under 100 games.
Spiridakis was recently drafted this past summer by the Springfield Jr. Blues out of the North American Hockey League’s (NAHL) Supplemental Draft, and is a former pick of the Everett Silvertips in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.
The trade also requires Prince George to send future considerations to Alberni Valley in addition to Loon-Stewardson.