The Powell River Kings are very proud to introduce six time Stanley Cup Champion and Hockey Hall of Famer Glenn Anderson as the teams new General Manager.
Anderson first came to Powell River as a special guest for the Kings home opening weekend in September and Team President Stephan Seeger who has known Anderson for over 20 years, said that is when the conversations about his involvement began. “He agreed to hang out for for the weekend and see what was going on and that he was interested in revisiting the junior ranks, and I didn’t know where it was going to go. He came and signed autographs the first night and I saw that he was interested, and interested in what was going on in junior hockey.”
Anderson started his Hall of Fame career in the BCHL with the Bellingham Blazers in 1977. From that point on he would go onto to win 5 Stanley Cups with the Oilers and one more with the Rangers in 1994. When asked about the decision to name Anderson the G.M. Seeger mentions that a lot of it has to do with his experience. “It wasn’t that we needed him in this particular capacity. It was just feeling what Glenn thought was going on and given his background and experience as a six time Stanley Cup champion and Hall of Famer and my position as President of the team it was foolish of me not to pursue it based on what I knew. So selfishly I opened the door and it led to the announcement that he will officially come on board as the Kings General Manager.”
Former G.M. Chad van Diemen will remain with the team and has been named the teams Vice President. “He has deep hockey experience, he knows the the Powell River community, and he’s demonstrated his commitment and love for the team over and over again. It was appropriate to reward him for all his contributions.” adds Seeger “He is always thinking about the team and what he can do to make the league better, and to overlook a guy like Chad would be foolish from a management perspective. I couldn’t be more pleased to have a right hand man like Chad, he is an indispensable part of the Powell River Kings.”
Anderson will work alongside Stephan Seeger Jr. who is now officially the teams assistant G.M. “One of the conditions that Glenn had when he came in was he’d have an assistant General Manager that he can work with.” said Seeger “He has known my son for a very long time and they share the same goals and share the same brain in a lot of ways.” Seeger Jr. is a member of the Birch Group and has been serving in a management role since the start of the season. Seeger Jr. is also a former BCHLer himself playing 66 games for the parts of two seasons with the Merritt Centennials. He also played junior hockey in the OHL and QMJHL, then went on the play pro hockey for two seasons in Germany. “You are going to see him and Glenn work in a symbiotic relationship to produce players, recruits and work on commitments with the help of Chad and the coaching staff. You will see Stephan involved in a lot of the decisions about player personnel and assisting Glenn in what ever way he requires.”