Spruce Kings tap Ontario talent pool

The BCHL-champion Prince George Spruce Kings have reached out to the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League to replenish their roster for the 2019-20 season

The Kings announced Thursday they've signed forward Ryan McAllister from the Komoka Kings of the GOJHL and goalie Jack McGovern, who played in the league last season for the St. Catharines Falcons. Both are 2001-born players.

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McAllister, a five-foot-10 175-pound native of London, Ont., is committed to play college hockey in the NCAA for the Western Michigan University Broncos. He totaled 11 goals and 26 assists in 47 games with Komoka and London Nationals. He was traded at midseason to Komoka and contributed four goals and eight points in 12 playoff games.

McGovern stands six-foot-three and weighs 195 pounds. In 23 games, the Waterdown, Ont., native posted a 20-2 record with four shutouts, compiling a 1.90 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.

Last season the Spruce Kings recruited defenceman Max Coyle from the Listowel Cyclones of the GOJHL and he went on to become one of the team's most valuable playoff performers.

In other Spruce Kings news, the team has hired Cole Waldie as its director of media. Waldie, 22, is a native of Prince George who served two seasons as communications director for the major midget Vancouver Northeast Chiefs while earning a diploma in the radio arts and entertainment program at BCIT.

Waldie will provide play-by-play commentary for all 58 regular season games and playoffs on Hockey TV and Mixlr.

"I am genuinely so happy to be a part of the Prince George Spruce Kings," said Waldie, in a team release. " It has been a goal of mine to work in the BCHL, and for it to be at home, makes it that much better. I have tons of passion for the game, and I look forward to sharing that with the Spruce Kings fans. It is a really exciting time for the organization coming off the Fred Page Cup and Doyle Cup championships and I am looking forward to being a part of it."

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