SPRUCE KINGS (0-0-0) at CENTENNIALS (0-0-0)
7:00 PM PST; HOCKEY TV
The Prince George Spruce Kings kick off their pre-season schedule tonight, as they visit the Merritt Centennials at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena for their first of five meetings this pre-season.
The last time the Spruce Kings played a hockey game was 221 days ago in Game 4 of the Shaw BCHL Interior Division Quarterfinals. A lot has changed since then. COVID-19 aside, the Spruce Kings were quite active this off-season, acquiring several BCHL experienced players including Christian Buono, Rowan Miller, Darwin Lakoduk, Austin Spiridakis, Tanner Main, Hunor Torzsok, and Zach Gabruch. Prince George also brings 9 returning players to their roster as well for the 2020-21 season.
The Centennials are also playing their first pre-season game on the schedule. The Cents have had a busy off-season, acquiring some key pieces including Zack Dallazanna who was just named the team captain and Prince George product Brandon Dent. Dent finished the 2019-20 campaign with 13 goals and 13 assists in 48 games played last season with both the West Kelowna Warriors and the Nanaimo Clippers.
Players to watch
Spruce Kings forward Corey Cunningham finished the 2019-20 campaign with the team lead in goals (26).
Centennials defenceman Talon Zakall had a breakout year in 2019-20. The Merritt product finished with 29 points last season, leading all Centennial defenders.
They said it
“It’s great that we have a lot of experience from guys that have played in the league, they have all excelled at this level and now they’re on our team, so I think it’s pretty exciting to have a group like this, and I’m really looking forward to it” – Spruce Kings forward Corey Cunningham
Where to watch
You can catch all the action on HockeyTV. Due to number restrictions in Merritt, the Spruce Kings broadcast team will not be able to call the game, however, you can listen to Centennials Broadcaster Jared Thomas on the call. You can also follow the Spruce Kings Twitter account @SpruceKings for live updates throughout the game.
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Kopar Administration Spruce Kings Hockey is slated for a 7:00 PM puck drop.
The Spruce Kings exhibition series is presented by Canadian Tire.