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Hockey Operations

Mike Hawes - General Manager/Governor

Mike is entering his 18th season as a member of the Spruce Kings staff. From 2005 to 2007, he filled the role of associate coach, including being on the bench as the team won a silver medal in the 2007 RBC Royal Bank Cup. Prior to the 2007/2008 season Mike accepted the role of Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel. In April 2011 Mike was promoted to his current position of General Manager and Governor.

Before his tenure with the Spruce Kings, Mike was a WHL scout for six years. His playing days involved moving through the Prince George minor hockey system which led to four years of playing in the WHL (1986-1989) with the Spokane Chiefs, New Westminster Bruins and Tri-City Americans. As a 20 year old, Mike played one season in the BCJHL for the New Westminster Royals and Ladner Penguins.

Mike was born in Montreal, Quebec but has proudly called Prince George home for the past 37 years. He is married to wife Anita and has one son named Riley.

Craig Carter - Assistant General Manager / Director of Player Personnel

Craig Carter is entering his third year with the Spruce Kings in 2022-23 Carter is no stranger to the game as he has served as a scout for the Minnesota Wild for two seasons. On top of that, Carter has served as a BCHL scout for over 10 years with teams including the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and the Coquitlam Express. He also served as a scout for the Brooks Bandits of the AJHL.

Alex Evin - Head Coach

Alex Evin will be entering his sixth season with the Spruce Kings, and his fourth season as the Head Coach.  Originally from Castlegar, B.C., Alex played 198 regular season games over five seasons in the BCHL from 2003 to 2008 for the Powell River Kings, Williams Lake Timberwolves and Penticton Vees. He won the BCHL top goaltender award in 2007/2008 while playing for the BCHL champion Penticton Vees. After his stellar junior career, Alex earned a scholarship and played four seasons of NCAA division 1 hockey at Colgate University from 2008 to 2012. The 34 year old Evin joined the Spruce Kings after having spent two seasons as the assistant coach for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Prior to that Alex was the assistant coach for two seasons and head coach for one season with Selkirk College of the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL).

VACANT - Associate Coach

Jason Garneau - Assistant Coach

Jason Garneau returns to the Spruce Kings bench for the 2022-2023 season.  Garneau spent the 2019-20 season as the Head Coach of the U18 AA Bobcats where the team finished second in the league standings and claimed the Rural Zone division championship. The 2022-23 season will mark Garneau's 11th year in total as the Spruce Kings Assistant Coach.

Nick Drazenovic - Skills and Development Coach

Nick Drazenovic is entering his 3rd season with the Spruce Kings organization. Before joining the Spruce Kings, Drazenovic spent three seasons with the Prince George Cougars (WHL) as the team's Director of Player Development. The Prince George product has 9 years of pro hockey experience, including stints with the St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Karina Lahti - Athletic Trainer

Karina Lahti is entering her first season with the Spruce Kings and in the BC Hockey League. Karina is a recent graduate of Whitworth College in Spokane, completing her Master of Science in Athletic Training. During her studies, she had the opportunity to worth with Whitworth Softball, Colorado University Football, and the Spokane Chiefs (WHL).

Rick Brown - Assistant Trainer

Mike & Tara Webber - Strength and Conditioning Coaches

Mike & Tara Webber are in their second season working with the Prince George Spruce Kings. The Webber's are the owners of the X Conditioning Gym in Prince George, which has been running since 2007.

Kolin Kriitmaa - Certified Mental Performance Consultant

Jim Harder - Equipment Manager

Jim Harder is entering his 9th season with the Prince George Spruce Kings. Harder served his first four years as an Assistant Equipment Manager, but has now taken the reigns the last 2 seasons. Harder's son, Greg is a Spruce Kings Alumni and has the most games played in Spruce Kings history.

 

Conrad Breier Dyck - Assistant Equipment Manager

Renzo Berra - Education Advisor

 

 

RJay Berra - Regional Scout - British Columbia

 

 

Adam Burnett - Regional Scout - Ontario

 

 

Michael Buonincontri - Regional Scout - Quebec

 

 

Mike Russell - Regional Scout - Saskatchewan/Manitoba

 

 

Bob Graham - Regional Scout - Ontario