The Powell River Kings are excited to announce that 2002-born, Ian Kern has committed for the 2019-2020 season.
The 6’3, 194lb Vancouver product has spent the last two seasons with the Greater Vancouver Canadians in the BCMML, where he put up 22 points in 76 games.
Kern enjoyed his time with GVC saying “They really helped me become a leader on the ice and off. They were great in helping me with my development to move forward in my career.”
Fans would have seen Kern play in 4 regular season games last season with the Kings as an affiliate player and then played in games 6 and 7 against the Victoria Grizzlies in round two of the playoffs. It was partly due to our amazing fans that helped solidify Kerns decision on committing to play for the Kings, “When I was called up with the Kings, I loved it. The players and coaches were all awesome. After game 6 in Powell River against the Grizzlies, seeing just how awesome the fans were, it made me sure that the BCHL and Powell River was the way to go.”
“Kern is another kid that works extremely hard and wants to get better,” says General Manager and Head Coach Tyler Kuntz, “He is a very smart young man who is far more physically developed at 17 than most players are.”
“I’m a calm and steady defenceman, that can pitch in offensively when needed,” says Kern about his style of play, “I like to push myself in my training and get better every time I play.”
Kern impressed Coach Kuntz in games 6 & 7 last season against the Grizzlies, “He had to step in and fill big shoes when we lost Jayden Lee and Ethan Martini due to injuries, I thought he did a wonderful job. I kept asking Brock to play him more, and that’s hard to do when you’re coming out of midget and you step into game 7 of the second round against a team that has skill and speed.
“I think Kern is going to be a very good player on our team and in the league and it won’t take him very long to get there.”
Kern will be busy training this summer, “It’s a lot of off-ice training, getting stronger, making sure I can keep up with the faster players. On ice, I will be working on my skills to make sure I am ready for the next season,” said Kern. Ian Kern will join his new teammates in Powell River starting August 19th for Main Camp.