The Powell River Kings have made a pair of roster moves ahead of Wednesday night’s trade deadline, with 2000-born defenceman Sam Pouliot and 2000-born forward Ethan Schmunk joining the team for the rest of the season.
Pouliot, a product of North Vancouver, comes to the Kings from the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. The 6’1, 165lb defenceman has been around the Kings organization for a couple of seasons, having attended Main Camp in previous years and is the younger brother to former King affiliate defenceman Ryan Pouliot. In 12 games this season with Red Deer, Pouliot tallied one goal. Last season, he played for the Greater Vancouver Canadians along side Nathan Kelly.
“Sam provides us with a great deal of options and flexibility on the back end” says Kings Head Coach and GM Kent Lewis. “To be able to add a player at this stage of the season that you’re very familiar with is good for our program and we’re excited to bring Sam to Powell River.”
Also joining the team is forward Ethan Schmunk. The 5’10, 175lb forward from Powell River has been suiting up for the VIJHL’s Campbell River Storm this year, scoring 6 goals and assisting on 11 in 29 games. Schmunk has also joined the Kings for 6 games as an affiliate this year.
“Ethan has shown this season in Campbell River and when he’s been here with us that he has a great work ethic” says Lewis. “He makes us deeper down the middle and will show up every day with his work boots on.”
The moves brings the Kings roster to a league-maximum of 23 players, with 14 forwards, 7 defencemen and 2 goaltenders. Both Pouliot and Schmunk will join the Kings ahead of three games this coming weekend beginning Friday night at home to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.