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Prince George teen to play for Spruce Kings, just like his dad did

Brody Martin commits to BCHL team for 2024, about to become a second-generation Spruce King
The Spruce Kings announced Wednesday they've signed defenceman Brody Martin for next season.

Like father, like son.

Brody Martin’s junior hockey future is about to lead him back to his Prince George hometown to play defence for the Spruce Kings, the team his father Chris played with for three seasons.

The Spruce Kings announced Wednesday they’ve signed the 16-year-old Martin and he’s expected to join the BCHL team next season.

Martin, who stands five-foot-10 and weighs 170 pounds, currently plays for the Okanagan Hockey Academy U18 prep team in Penticton and in 10 games he has two assists. That’s after a two goal, nine-assist season last year with the OHA U17 team.

“Brody is a tremendous young puck-moving d-man who defends very well,” said Spruce Kings general manager Mike Hawes. “He’s a hard-working player who will be a big part of our program for the next few seasons.”

Chris Martin collected 138 points played 144 games over three seasons as a forward with the Spruce Kings from 1994-98. He broke into junior hockey with the Kings in 1994-95 when they played in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League and after a year in the WHL with the Calgary Hitmen he came back home to play two more seasons for Kings as they made the jump to the B.C. Hockey League.

The Spruce Kings defeated the Langley Rivermen.5-4 in overtime on Wednesday at Kopar Memorial Arena. They're off to the Okanagan next for games against the Penticton Vees on Friday and the Vernon Vipers on Saturday.