Powell River, BC – The Powell River Kings have signed ’01 born forward Jacob Badal.
Badal, 17, appeared in 60 games with the North American Hockey League’s (NAHL) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights last season, posting 30 points (14G, 16A), 10 penalty minutes and a -16 plus/minus rating. The Flushing, Michigan native is committed to Western Michigan University for the 2020-21 season.
“He’s got good size, he’s got a good shot and he has a history of scoring goals,” said Powell River Kings head coach Tyler Kuntz. “I think anytime you can add a player who can score goals to your lineup, you gotta do it.”
The 6’1″, 201-pound forward spent his minor hockey career (2014-2018) in the Michigan arena, playing for Little Caesars Bantam AAA and Honeybaked U16, accumulating 157 points (69G, 88A) in 186 career games. Badal posted career highs in 2017-18 while playing for Honeybaked U16, scoring 22 goals and 56 points in 40 games.
“I’m excited to get an opportunity to join such a tremendous program, where I can learn and develop my hockey skills,” said Badal, who is one of seven committed players on the Kings roster.
Badal was a teammate of Kings defensman Davis Pennington throughout minor hockey and with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights last season.
“Me and Davis (Pennington) have known each other for a long time, and it’s nice to have somebody that I’ve known for awhile here,” added Badal.
The Powell river Kings and Jacob Badal resume action on Saturday at 7:00 p.m., against the Victoria Grizzlies inside The Q Centre. All the action can be found on 95.7 Coast FM and Hockey TV.