The Powell River Kings have agreed to a trade with the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), sending defenceman Callum Volpe, forward Nick Abbott and future considerations to Wellington, in exchange for 2000 born defenceman Mason Snell.
Snell was a key piece to the Dukes’ Royal Bank Cup run this past season that ended in a loss to the Chilliwack Chiefs in the final. The 6’0, 190lb blueliner started last year with the Whitby Fury before being moved to Wellington. He played in a combined 43 games, scoring 6 goals and assisting on 14 others through the regular season. Snell also committed to Penn State for the 2019/2020 season.
However it was during the Dukes’ long playoff run where Snell turned heads. He had 13 points in the Dukes’ 25 playoff games, helped the team to an OJHL Championship and Dudley Hewitt Cup, scored twice in six games during the Royal Bank Cup and was named the top defenceman at the tournament. In addition, Snell was ranked 173rd among North American skaters for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, however was not selected.
Heading to Wellington from Powell River is Callum Volpe, who dressed in 77 games as a King, in addition to his 46 others with Vernon and Langley. The veteran blueliner scored 11 goals in the BCHL and assisted on 39 more. Also joining the Dukes is Nick Abbott, following his rookie campaign in Powell River last year. Abbott scored twice and assisted 3 times in 25 games in an injury shortened season.
In addition to their efforts on the ice, both Abbott and Volpe were incredibly active in the Powell River community. Volpe was named the Kings Community Award recipient for 2017/2018, while Abbott juggled his high school course load, while attending several events in Powell River.
The Kings would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to both Callum and Nick for their outstanding contributions to the Kings organization during their time here, while also welcoming Mason to the Powell River family.
To Powell River Kings:
Mason Snell (2000, defenceman)
To Wellington Dukes:
Callum Volpe (1998, defenceman)
Nick Abbott (2000, forward)