The Prince George Spruce Kings have dipped into the East Coast talent pool.
The B.C. Hockey League team announced Thursday they’ve recruited 16-year-old forward Jared Langdon for the 2023-24 season.
Langdon, a native of St. John’s, Nfld., joins the Spruce Kings already armed with junior A experience.
He played 53 games last season in the Ontario Junior Hockey League for the Wellington Dukes. As a junior rookie he picked up nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points. He also contributed five assists in 14 playoff games in the Dukes run to the conference championship series.
"I am very excited to be given the opportunity to play for the Spruce Kings this upcoming season," said the six-foot, 185-pound Langdon, in a team release.
“During my conversations with coach (Alex) Evin and other team staff, I was reassured of the commitment to development and creating a winning culture. It was important to me that next year I'd find myself in an environment where I would be challenged and grow as a player and person, and I believe this can be accomplished by playing in Prince George."
Langdon won’t turn 17 until Nov. 16, but he’s already committed to an NCAA scholarship to attend Clarkson University to play Division 1 hockey for the Golden Knights., based in Potsdam, N.Y.
"He is a young, hard-working player who plays the game with passion,” said Kings general manager Mike Hawes. “We're thrilled that Jared chose the Spruce Kings to continue his development in the game and to prepare for college hockey."