Last year was the first full season playing in the BCHL for Cooper Prechel. After a seven game stint with the Merritt Centennials in the 2014/15 season, Cooper Prechel signed on with the Spruce Kings. After posting nine points in 23 games with the Penticton Posse of the KIJHL, Prechel posted six points in 36 games in the big league. He didn’t score his first goal of the season until February 3rd against the Vernon Vipers, but it made it’s way to TSN radio in Vancouver as the Goal Call of the Week.
After missing most of October and all of November with an upper body injury, Prechel returned to the lineup in early December. “Coop” has his biggest offensive outburst in late January/early February when he had one goal and three assists in a span of three games. As a defender he was well disciplined with just three penalties in his 36 games.
Prechel will join his teammates this coming August when training camp starts up on August 25th.
When the Spruce Kings sent Jake LeBrun and Bryan Basilico to the West Kelowna Warriors at the BCHL Deadline, they received Tanner Campbell and future considerations in return. The Warriors, of course, went on an incredible run and won the RBC Cup as National Champions. Today, it was announced the Kings would receive veteran forward Brett Mennear to complete the deal. Last season with West Kelowna, the 20 year old Mennear was an assistant captain and had 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 points in 52 regular season games played. In the lengthy run to the National Championship Mennear had 7 goals and 14 assists for 21 points in 35 playoff games played. He is committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Bentley University starting in the 2017 – 2018 season, and we talked to Mike Hawes about what the forward will bring to the Kings next season.
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