PRINCE GEORGE – The Prince George Spruce Kings are pleased to announce the addition of three players to their roster. Defenceman Evan Bellamy (’05), goaltender Marcus Ouellet (’04), and forward Dylan Wegner (’04) have committed to the team for the 2023-24 season.
Bellamy, 18, from Hampton, New Brunswick will suit up for Prince George next season after spending last season as a member of the Grand Falls Rapids of the Maritimes Junior A Hockey League. The 18-year-old played in 46 games and tallied seven goals and 30 assists (37 points).
“Evan has a great on-ice skillset that is complimented by his worth ethic and high compete level,” said Spruce Kings associate coach Brad Tesink, who played a major role in recruiting Bellamy out of New Brunswick. “With a year of Junior A under his belt already, we believe he should transition to our D core quickly and contribute to our team’s success next season.”
Ouellet, 19, is a product of Toronto, Ontario and spent last season playing for the Cochrane Crunch of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
“Marcus is a tremendous young man and a very good athletic goalie who will join our organization and continue the run of outstanding goaltenders who have worn a Spruce Kings jersey over the years,” said Spruce Kings general manager Mike Hawes.
Cochrane allowed the most shots against last season, placing Ouellet fourth in the NOJHL in total shots he faced over the course of the season. Finishing the season with a record of 3-20-1, Ouellet posted a goals-against average of 6.52 and a save percentage of .884.
Despite the on-ice struggles of his team, Ouellet embraced the opportunity to face an abundance of shots and work on his technical skills within the crease.
“I am honoured to join the Spruce Kings and to become part of such a historic franchise,” said Ouellet. “Prince George is where I want to be as I continue to develop and compete. I look forward to meeting the team and everyone from the community that makes Spruce Kings hockey possible.”
The 19-year-old is committed to playing NCAA D1 hockey for American International College following his junior career. AIC is located in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Wegner, 19, spent last season playing for the Aberdeen Wings of the North American Hockey League. In 57 games, the Nashville, Tennessee product scored 14 goals and 15 assists (29 points)
“I’m super excited to be joining Prince George for the upcoming season,” said Wegner. “I feel it’s an organization that does things the right way and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to having an impact on the road towards bringing the Fred Page Cup back to Prince George.”
In 74 career games played in the NAHL, Wegner tallied 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists).
“Dylan is a big player who plays the game hard and plays the right way,” said Hawes. “He will contribute to our organization in all areas of the game. He also checks all of the character boxes we require and look forward to having him with us next season.”
Wegner is committed to playing NCAA D1 hockey for Michigan State University. Michigan State is located in East Lansing, Michigan.