The Kings are thrilled to announce the signing of 1999-born forward Kyle Kawamura for the upcoming 2017/2018 season.
Kawamura, from Franklin, TN is a 5’6, 155lb forward with a high end skill set. “I’m fast, I like to use my speed, shoot and shoot from a lot of different angles” said Kawamura. “I like to make plays with the puck and try to score. That’s what I’m focused on out there.”
Kawamura has an extensive hockey resume including a 105 point season during his final year of Bantam hockey in Georgia, along with a taste of Junior hockey in the USHL and NAHL with Lincolm and Shreveport respectively.
“Guys are bigger, faster and stronger here at this level, more experienced too and so it’s a huge step coming up from midget to Junior” said Kawamura. “I feel I’ve done a good job making that transition so far and I’m hoping to carry that on in Powell River.”
“Kyle is a highly skilled player that we’re excited to add to our organization” said Kings Head Coach Kent Lewis. “He is creative, offensively gifted and sees the game well. Having an offensive threat like him to compliment the returning guys gives us more options to be effective in the offensive zone.”
In addition to helping the Kings this season, Kawamura will use his time in Powell River to ready himself for the NCAA. Kawamura is slated to join the University of Maine for the 2018/2019 season.
“Confidence is a big thing I want to work on ahead of college hockey” said Kawamura on what he needed to develop ahead of a four year stint in the NCAA. “Working on my touch with the puck, getting ice time and developing that way by finding a way to play the game against guys who are older, bigger and stronger.”
Kawamura will arrive in Powell River in mid-August, ahead of Main Camp at the Hap Parker Arena August 21-24.
The Kings would like to welcome Kyle and his family to Powell River.