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Spruce Kings announce hockey school dates

Training camp for the three-time defending BCHL champs will start Sept. 17
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Prince George Spruce Kings celebrate their B.C. Hockey League Fred Page Cup championship, April 17, 2019 in Vernon, the last time the BCHL title was handed out.

The start of summer is only about a week away and the Prince George Spruce Kings are making plans to get back to teaching kids how to play hockey.

The B.C. Hockey League team announced Friday that registration is now open for the Spruce Kings’ summer hockey school at location yet to be determined.

Two weekly sessions are available, from Aug. 16-20 and Aug. 23-27.

For kids born from 2014-2016 the school will run daily from 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m. For those in the 2011-2013 birth years the sessions are from 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m., and those born from 2008-2010 will be involved from 10:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

The fee per week is $359 (including GST). Registration forms are available on the team website, www.sprucekings.bc.ca and can be sent to hockeyschool@sprucekings.bc.ca.

In other Spruce Kings news, the team is on the lookout for an athletic therapist to replace Joel Walkey, who has left the team. The successful candidate must hold a Hockey Canada Safety Person certification.

Last week the Kings announced a series of trades with other BCHL teams. They first sent 2002-born forward Austin Spiridakis to the Nanaimo Clippers for 2004-born forward Jaeger Murdock. Murdock was then sent in a package to the Coquitlam Express for forwards Austin Fraser (2003-born) and forward Andre Kovacevic (2004).

Kovacevic was subsequently traded to the Chilliwack Chiefs for defenceman Brody Gagno (2002) and his younger brother forward Ty Gagno (2003).

In a later deal, the Spruce Kings acquired defenceman Ian Kern (2002) from the Powell River Kings in exchange for defenceman Zach Gabruch (2001).

The Spruce Kings open the 2021-22 season on the road in Merritt against the Centennials. The three-time defending Fred Page Cup champions will host the Cents in their home-opener at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena on Oct. 15. Training camp starts on Sept. 17, the earliest BCHL teams are allowed to convene their camps.