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Prince George Spruce Kings hire new assistant general manager with BCHL experience

Craig Carter won the 2014 Fred Page Cup with Coquitlam Express
Craig Carter - 2014 Coquitlam Express Fred Page Cup
Craig Carter (back row, first right) is the new assistant general manager of the Prince George Spruce Kings. He's seen in this photo as the head scout for the 2014 BCHL-champion Coquitlam Express. (via Facebook/Craig Carter)

He scouted in the NHL for two seasons and helped build the 2014 BCHL-champion Coquitlam Express.

Now, Craig Carter will venture up north to Prince George as the new assistant general manager for the Spruce Kings.

“I am very excited to join the Spruce Kings and to help continue an already thriving franchise on and off the ice,” the Langley, B.C. product said in a team release, who will also serve as the Director of Player Personnel. 

“I want to thank Mike Hawes and Alex Evin for the support and allowing me this opportunity.”

Carter’s resume lists several impressive accomplishments, including a two-season stint as an amateur scout for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild.

He also spent a few years as the assistant GM and Director of Hockey Operations with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks after he won the 2014 Fred Page Cup with the Coquitlam Express as their head scout.

“Craig has many years of Junior Hockey experience and his network of contacts throughout the Hockey world is extensive" says Spruce Kings’ General Manager Mike Hawes. 

“I have known Craig for a lot of years and have always valued his ability to assess players. For me, this is the next step in the continuing evolution of the organization. To have a very knowledgeable Hockey person to assist the Hockey operations staff in identifying players, recruiting players, and building our team will help make our program better.”

Carter is the latest among Prince George’s personnel changes for the 2020-21 season.

Jason Garneau announced his return to the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena bench as an assistant head coach after leading the North Central Midget AA Bobcats to a playoff division title.

The Spruce Kings were swept out of the first round of the 2020 BCHL playoffs by Trail after finishing with a regular-season record of 18-32-3-5.