The Powell River Kings are excited to announce the commitment of 2000-born forward Hunter McCoy for the 2019/2020 season.
McCoy, from Newburyport, Massachusetts joins the Kings after spending the previous two seasons with the NCDC’s Islanders Hockey Club where he tallied 30 goals and 51 assists in 94 career games.
“Hunter gives us a really good option as a high-end centre.” Said Kings Head Coach and General Manager Tyler Kuntz, “I think Kings fans will really like him, he’s comparable to Ethan Kimball with his size and how hard he plays and Josh Coblenz with his offensive instincts. He’s had a lot of interest to go into school this season, but he wanted to play another year of junior and continue to improve his overall game.”
“He’s already played two years of junior,” Kuntz continued, “our roster has a lot of new players this season so adding a kid with experience already is a bonus for us. He also finished second in NCDC scoring as an eighteen-year-old last year which is impressive since it’s an older league. When I talked to his former coaches, they all said he has great character and work ethic on top of his skill, so I think he’s going to be a great fit here.”
McCoy joined the Islanders after playing two years at Phillips Exeter Academy, and in his rookie season, he helped the team win an NCDC championship. “It was great for me to step into a team that was filled with veteran players,” said McCoy, “just being able to go to practices every day and be under that intensity helped me develop my game.”
McCoy’s second season with the team saw him jump from 20 points to 61, which placed him second in league scoring. “My second year was a great progression for me,” said McCoy “being able to step into a leadership role and be relied on to provide offence for my team helped me grow. With the experience that coach Sean Tremblay has and the way he was able to help me, I don’t think my game could’ve developed the way it was without him.”
When it came down to deciding where he’d play this season, the similarities between his hometown of Newburyport and Powell River, on top of the level of hockey the BCHL provides ended up being the difference for McCoy. “My hometown of Newburyport, Massachusetts is right on the water,” said McCoy, “so I felt I’d be comfortable being in a place like Powell River where it’s gorgeous and you’re right next to the ocean like it is back home.”
“Obviously the hockey up there is second to none,” continued McCoy, “At this point in time from the conversations I’ve had, I’m going to play division one hockey and it’s just a matter of where. Coach Kuntz reached out and I’ve heard nothing but good things about him and the way he develops players, so for me being able to go up there for a year and develop so I’m ready for the next level was an easy decision. I was very excited when it all worked out, and I can’t wait to get up there.
McCoy will join his new teammates in Powell River for training camp, starting August 19th.