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Spruce Kings Show Home APRIL 30th @ 6 PM DEADLINE

Article from Christine Hinzmann – PG Citizen, Photo by Brent Braaten

There’s still time to grab the winning ticket before sales close Monday for the Prince George Spruce Kings Show Home lottery that offers the chance to win the custom-built home worth $610,000 located in the Aberdeen Glen subdivision.

The Spruce Kings are operated by a non-profit society that uses the proceeds from the lottery to help offset the expenses of running the successful BCHL team. Each year operating costs run more than $500,000 and about $300,000 of that comes from the lottery.

The Spruce Kings hockey club, which began in 1972, offers players the opportunity to excel in their sport, as well as have the opportunity to earn NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) scholarships for post-secondary education.

Board member David Keough said Prince George is filled with alumni of the Spruce Kings hockey club, that helps make the economy grow, gives back to their community and even builds the house the Spruce Kings are currently raffling.

John Hopson of Hopson Construction is a former Spruce Kings player and has chosen to stay in Prince George to build his life, offering his services as builder for the show home.

“The club helped us get to who we are,” Hopson said about himself, Rick Turgeon, president of the Spruce Kings, and Keough, who are all former players and thriving members of the community. Hopson added the hockey club gives people a place to volunteer and the community gets to come together to cheer the Spruce Kings on to championships and can share in their victories.

“This house is crucial to the success of the team,” Hopson said.

“Without this raffle house the team doesn’t exist.”

The house Hopson built is 3,168 square feet and is located at 2643 Links Dr., which backs onto the seventh fairway of Aberdeen Glen Golf Course. The house comes fully furnished by Ashley Furniture HomeStore and features a double garage and open living spaces with quality finishes. There are engineered hardwood floors throughout the main floor and the kitchen has quartz countertops, a big island and Samsung appliances. The master ensuite has double sinks and a double shower. The view off the back deck is of a wooded area.

Hopson’s favourite feature of the house is the steam shower in the downstairs bathroom and asks that people take note of the extra-wide staircases because when a hockey player takes equipment up and down those stairs there won’t be any scratches, dents, knicks or scrapes.

That’s something Turgeon noticed right away.

“For years I’ve carried my hockey gear down to the basement and marked up the walls and I’d have to repaint or get yelled at by my wife,” Turgeon laughed.

“And that’s exactly why they’re wider because I was sick of stick marks and fighting with my hockey bag,” Hopson added.

“There’s plenty of room for you and your gear on these stairs.”

Turgeon would like to thank the community for their support over the years.

“Without the community’s support the Spruce Kings would not exist, so thank you,” he said.

Tickets are $125 each. There are 11,000 tickets in total available and 2,700 remain available for purchase at the house at 2643 Links Dr. or online at sprucekingsshowhome.ca.