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Prince George Spruce Kings defenceman Evan Orr dealt to Powell River

NCAA-committed player was suited up in most games among blue-liners

Evan Orr will wear a different crown next season.

After enduring his freshman BC Hockey League (BCHL) campaign with the 2019 Fred Page and Doyle Cup-champion Prince George Spruce Kings, the American import has been traded to the Powell River Kings in the Island Division.

The 19-year-old played 52 regular-season games last year, the most among Prince George defencemen, racking up 10 assists, 15 points and 29 penalty minutes in that span.

As of today (Aug. 12), the Spruce Kings’ roster now boasts seven blue-liners, including four returnees.

“We just couldn’t guarantee him the amount of ice time he will need this season for his development,” said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes in a team statement.

“In those situations, it is better for the player if we move them to a spot that is better fit.”

Powell River is sending back future considerations to close out Prince George's seventh trade deal this offseason.

Orr is also committed to playing at Michigan Tech University starting in 2021-22 for NCAA Division One hockey.

As of this publication, the BCHL has postponed its 2020-21 start date to Dec. 1 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The league will await the approval of Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry before it can start making a schedule, but Hawes has said players will arrive in Prince George in late September for the start of an extended training camp.

There are 100 positive cases of the virus in Northern Health since it hit the region in March, 10 of which remain active.