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– 1 in 3 NHL players from B.C. played NCAA hockey

– 114 B.C. natives currently play NCAA hockey, the most per capita of any province.

– 30 per cent of NHL players come from NCAA hockey

Brandon Manning from the Philadelphia Flyers is a Spruce King Alumni

The Prince George Spruce Kings is a community owned team since the mid 70’s that is ran through a board of directors. The model has served the team and the community well providing family entertainment for over 40 seasons. During that time the team has evolved into a destination team for young men looking for an opportunity to play junior hockey at the highest level available in Canada. The Prince George Spruce Kings first started playing in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) with the 1996-97 season. The BCHL offers young players a chance to enhance their skills while also providing a great deal of exposure to NCAA, CIS and NHL hockey scouts. The BCHL has an impressive record at the National level and is viewed as one of the premier Junior “A” leagues by US College Recruiters and is gaining exposure with the National Hockey League.

Beginning with the 2012-13 season, the Spruce Kings will play out of the Mainland Division. The Mainland Division consists of six teams, the Island Division has five teams, and the Interior Division has six.  The other clubs in the league include: Alberni Valley Bulldogs, Chilliwack Chiefs, Coquitlam Express, Cowichan Valley Capitals, Langley Rivermen, Merritt Centennials, Nanaimo Clippers, Penticton Vees,Powell River Kings, Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Surrey Eagles, Trail Smoke Eaters, Vernon Vipers, Victoria Grizzlies, Wenatchee Wild and West Kelowna Warriros.

The Spruce Kings Executive work hard year-round to ensure Junior “A” Hockey exists and thrives in BC’s Northern Capital. The Hockey Club is financed through gate receipts, corporate sponsorship, a summer hockey school and gaming.

Community Involvement

The Spruce Kings are a high profile sports club in the City and are often asked to take part in various functions. Players have participated in events like the Skate for Literacy, Minor Hockey practices, Civic Centre Christmas Tree Light-Up and more. In addition players go to elementary schools for volleyball or floor hockey and work with School District 57 and the Prince George Public Library to promote positive lifestyles and the importance of education.

As role models for the thousands of youth in the City and surrounding region, players must conduct themselves in a respectable manner at all times.


The Spruce Kings place a high priority on a player’s education and are committed to providing him the opportunity to gain graduation from public school and an opportunity to gain a post-secondary education through his hockey career. We work closely with School District counselors to ensure graduation requirements are completed and that the player attends his classes.

The Spruce Kings provide the opportunity to players to attend the two post-secondary education institutions in Prince George, the College of New Caledonia or the University of Northern British Columbia. The College of New Caledonia provides education opportunities in the university transfer, technical and vocational programs. The University of Northern BC opened in 1994 and provides degree programs in several areas. Calendars for both institutions are available from the Spruce King’s office.

A player’s university or college registration, tuition and books are paid for by the Spruce Kings Hockey Club based on the successful completion of each course or program.

Scholarships and Graduates

Name, Final Year, College/University or Other Hockey Team

  • Bryan Adams 1995 Michigan State, NCAA
  • Sean Ambrosie 2009 University of Connecticut, NCAA
  • Cody Bardock 2012 University of Lethbridge, CIS
  • Mark Begert 2013 University of Western Ontario, CIS
  • Michael Buonincontri 2015 Dunkerque, France2
  • Scott Burt 1993 Toledeo, ECHL
  • Wade Burt 1996 Kootenay Ice, WHL
  • Brandon Busse 2009 University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, NCAA Division III
  • Brett Butterwick 2005 University of Lethbridge, CIS
  • Bryant Christian 2014 American International College, NCAA
  • Jordy Christian 2008 St. Cloud State University, NCAA
  • Patrick Chore 2012 Wilfred Laurier University, CIS
  • Michael Colantone 2012 UMass-Lowell, NCAA
  • Bill Collins 2001 Wayne State University, NCAA
  • Paul Dainton 2006 University of Massachusetts at Amherst, NCAA
  • Zach Davies 2009 Quinnipiac University, NCAA
  • Paul De Jersey 2012 Providence College, NCAA
  • Ryan DeVries 2008 UBC, CIS
  • Derek Dinelle 2000 UBC, CIS
    Viktor Dombrovskiy 2015 Harvard University, NCAA
  • Jeff Earnest 2010 University of Alaska-Fairbanks, NCAA
  • Mitch Eden 2014 St. Lawrence University, NCAA
  • Trevor Esau 2013 Simon Fraser University, BCIHL
  • Dylan Exton 2007 Wayne State University, NCAA; New England College, NCAA Division III
  • Brad Fast 1999 Michigan State, NCAA
  • Paul Fisher 2000 Iona College, NCAA
  • Gerry Fitzgerald Bemidji State University, NCAA
  • Leo Fitzgerald Bemidji State University, NCAA
  • Myles Fitzgerald Bemidji State University, NCAA
  • Jesse Fratkin 2007 Brown University, NCAA
  • Leath Gare 2005 Concordia, CIS
  • Shaun Gendron 1997 Prince George Cougars, WHL
  • Kevin Genoe 2009 Michigan Tech, NCAA
  • Victor Gervais 1986 Hampton Roads, ECHL
  • Chase Golightly 2012 Robert Morris University, NCAA
  • Alex Goodship 2009 Dartmouth College, NCAA
  • Kevin Guiltinan 2013 Harvard University NCAA
  • Bennett Hambrook 2011 Hamilton College, NCAA III
  • Quinn Hancock 1993 Prince George Cougars, WHL
  • Coltyn Hansen 2013 Sacred Heart University, NCAA
  • Devan Hartigan 2007 Northern Michigan University, NCAA
  • Josh Hechter 2003 Saint Anselm, NCAA
  • Tyler Helfrich 2007 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NCAA
  • Jace Hennig 2013 Merrimack College, NCAA
  • Brad Herman 2005 St. Norbert Green Knights, NCAA Division III
  • Jeff Herman 2005 Wisconsin-Superior, NCAA Division III
  • Brandon Highton 2005 University of Lethbridge, CIS
  • Bobby Hineman 2007 Adrian College, NCAA Division III
  • Casey Hogue 2004 Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), CIS
  • John Hopson 2001 University of Alaska-Anchorage, NCAA
  • Keenan Hopson 2004 University of Maine, NCAA
  • Ryan Howse 2007 Chilliwack Bruins, WHL
  • Darcy Huisman 2006 Kamloops Blazers, WHL
  • Jordan Inglis 2007 Wayne State University, NCAA; UBC, CIS
  • Geoff Irwin 2005 Minnesota State University, NCAA
  • Jesse Jenks 2015 University of Alaska-Fairbanks, NCAA
  • Alain Joanette 2007 St. Norbert Green Knights, NCAA Division III
  • Steve Jordan 2003 Genesco State NYC, NCAA
  • Damien Ketlo 2008 Regina Pats, WHL
  • David Keough 2000 University of Alaska-Fairbanks, NCAA
  • Jujhar Khaira 2012 Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers Affiliate), AHL
  • Faiz Khan 2011 Arizona State University, ACHA
  • Danny Kiraly 2014 University of Alaska-Fairbanks, NCAA
  • David Kozier 1998 Cornell University, NCAA
  • Denis Ladouceur 1998 Cornell University, NCAA
  • Mike Lalonde 2001 Michigan State, NCAA
  • Cameron Lawson 2013 College of the Holy Cross, NCAA
  • Jarryd Leung 2015 Wilfred Laurier University, NCAA
  • Adam Loncan 1997 University of Alberta
  • Tyler Loney 2005 Laredo Bucks, CHL
  • Jeremiah Luedtke 2015 University of Alaska-Anchorage, NCAA
  • Stewart Malgunas 1988 Detroit Vipers, IHL
  • Kyle Manlow 2011 New England College, NCAA III
  • Brandon Manning 2008 Chilliwack Bruins, WHL
  • Ben Matthews 2012 University of Alaska-Anchorage, NCAA
  • Derek May 2005 Northern Michigan University, NCAA
  • Cole McCaskill 2015 Colorado College, NCAA
  • Wes McLeod 2010 University of Alaska-Anchorage, NCAA
  • Marty Mjelleli 2002 St. Cloud State University, NCAA
  • Shayne Morrissey 2013 Neumann University, NCAA III
  • John Morlang 2001 University of Alaska-Fairbanks, NCAA
  • Sam Muchalla 2010 Northern Michigan University, NCAA
  • Vinny Muchalla 2009 Wentworth Institute of Technology, NCAA Division III
  • Trent Murdoch 2011 Simon Fraser University, BCIHL
  • Alex Murray 2014 American International College
  • Mark Nelson 2002 Quinnipiac University, NCAA
  • Brogan O’Brien 2015 Prince George Cougars, WHL
  • Jeff Oddleifson 2004 Wainwright College, NCAA
  • Skylar Pacheco 2014 Brock University, CIS
  • Jody Pederson 2004 Princeton University, NCAA
  • Rod Pelley 2002 Ohio State, NCAA
  • Kevin Petovello 2005 University of Alaska-Fairbanks, NCAA
  • Josh Pineiro 2010 Curry College, NCAA Div III
  • Rob Pritchard 2005 Dartmouth College, NCAA
  • Justin Rai 2015 University of Maine, NCAA
  • Zack Rassell 2012 University of Alaska-Anchorage, NCAA
  • Nicholas Rioux 2007 St. Cloud State University, NCAA
  • Brooks Robinson 2010 Quinnipiac University, NCAA
  • Joe Rodwell 2007 UBC, CIS
  • Chris Rowland 2000 UBC, CIS
  • Tyler Scofield 2004 Bemidji State University, NCAA
  • Matt Shuya 2006 University of Alaska Fairbanks, NCAA
  • Todd Skirving 2011 Rochester Institute of Technology, NCAA
  • Chad Staley 2015 University of Alaska Fairbanks, NCAA
  • David Stephens 2013 Mount Royal University, CIS
  • Chris Stevens 2005 Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL
  • Matt Stief 2016 Canisius College, NCAA
  • Mike Stutzel 1999 Northern Michigan, NCAA
  • Ty Swabb 2012 Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, CCAA
  • Jarryd ten Vaanholt 2012 Elmira College, NCAA III
  • Michael-Lee Teslak 2005 Michigan Tech, NCAA
  • Brad Thiessen 2006 Northeastern University, NCAA
  • Garrett Thiessen 2006 Pirnce George Cougars, WHL
  • Kirk Thompson 2013 Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha, NCAA
  • Mark Tom 1993 UBC, CIS
  • Karan Toor 2015 Dartmouth College, NCAA
  • Grant Toulmin 2008 Swift Current Broncos, WHL
  • Tony Twist 1986 St. Louis Blues, NHL
  • Brandon Watson 2011 Thompson River University, BCIHL
  • Christian Weidauer 2014 Peoria Rivermen, SPHL
  • Steve Wiljeto 1996 Prince Albert Raiders, WHL
  • Derek Wood 1992 Columbus Chill, ECHL
  • Ben Woodley 2012 Peoria Rivermen, SPHL
  • Alex Wright 2009 Prince George Cougars, WHL
  • Jason Yuel 2007 Curry College, NCAA Division III

Schedule and Practice

Practices are held five days a week for one and a half hours per day. The availability of ice time is essential to a player’s development and improvement. Practice is scheduled so that school classes are not interrupted. The Spruce Kings also have an extensive off-ice training program developed by Brian Kozak.

The BCHL regular season is a 58 game schedule. Games are played mainly on weekends, the few mid-week encounters involve teams who are geographically nearby. When the Spruce Kings are on the road they use a first class bus operated and cared for by a professional driver. A player’s traveling costs, meals and accommodations are paid for by the Prince George Spruce Kings.

Over the past few years the Spruce Kings have played host to many different clubs, such as the Soviet Junior Nationals and teams from the Alberta Junior Hockey League. It’s the Spruce Kings philosophy that players be given the opportunity to compete at as many levels of hockey as is possible. The Spruce Kings play the majority of their games in the 2,000 seat Rolling Mix Concrete Arena; special event and playoff games have also been played at the 6,000 seat CN Centre.

Room and Board

All out-of-town players are provided with room and board. Players are placed in carefully selected homes and these families are generally involved in some aspect of our club. They take great interest in the player on and off the ice.


The general health and well being of each player is a major concern with the Spruce Kings staff. Each player’s health is monitored by our professional training staff and other health care professionals. The Club is insured through the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. Medical expenses due to hockey not covered by BC Medical will be paid by our coverage. Arrangements are made with local doctors to take out-of-town players as their patients. In addition to our training staff we have a health care professional in attendance at all of our home games. Any prescriptions are paid by the Hockey Club.


The Spruce Kings cover many of the expenses incurred while you play junior hockey. The club provides equipment and supplies such as helmet, pants, gloves, sweater and socks as well as the sticks and tape you require.

Part-Time Work

The Spruce Kings have a couple of ventures which provide players with employment opportunities. During winter months many local businesses assist players with part-time jobs that fit within the other time demands of practice, school and road/home games. The Spruce Kings also run a Summer Hockey School for 3 weeks in August which can provide employment and ice-time prior to training camp.

About Prince George

Prince George is one of the largest cities in the province and is the service centre for northern British Columbia. With more than 81,000 residents, Prince George is a modern metropolis which is the commercial, economic and social centre for the region. The city provides excellent facilities for the many activities that residents are involved in. In addition, there are vibrant shopping areas and a central business district. The area offers outdoor activities during each of our four distinct seasons. With the development of the University of Northern BC, The College of New Caledonia, Civic Centre, CN Centre and Aquatic Centre, Prince George is well positioned to maintain it’s standing as BC’s northern capital.

Major Junior Hockey in Prince George

Prince George is home to the Cougars of the Western Hockey League, who relocated from Victoria B.C. to the city in 1994. This provides excellent opportunities to players in our organization to advance to the Western Hockey League as well as providing greater exposure to National Hockey League Scouts.