The Kings are proud to unveil our two newest additions for the upcoming season as 2004 forward Anthony Yu and 2004 defenceman Will Jones.
Anthony Yu – Baldwin Park California – 2004
Anthony Yu has spent the last 4 seasons at Shattuck St. Mary’s. Last season he played on a line with new Kings recruit Noah Eyre on the U18 prep team. Anthony will add an offensive presence to the Kings lineup as he has finished at or near the top in team scoring over the last few seasons with Shattuck including leading the U16 squad in 2020-21 with 61 points in 47 games. This past season Anthony was 4th in team scoring for the U18 prep team finishing with 26 goals and 46 assists in 55 games.
“Anthony is a player we saw during nationals the stood out game after game. He brings speed and skill to our group and plays at a high pace. We spoke to Noah Eyre about him and he had good things to say about Anthony as a player and a person. We look forward to welcoming Anthony and his family into the Kings organization and welcome them to Powell River” – Brock Sawyer.
Will Jones – Brentwood Tennessee – 2004
Like Anthony, Will spent the previous 4 seasons in the Shattuck St. Mary’s program where he led all defencemen in points in each of his last two campaigns. This past season he played in 55 games and collected 2 goals and 32 assists.
Will may not possess the size that you would expect from a d-man standing at 5 feet and 9 inches tall but he fits perfectly into the modern era smaller high skilled defencemen such as Quinn Hughes type player. “Will is a tenacious defenceman who makes up for his lack of size with his skating ability and puck skills” states Brock Sawyer “He posses good habits and can contribute in all three zones. He processes the game well and makes timely decisions to help his team”
With the three newest recruits in Eyre, Yu, and Jones, the Kings have been able to accomplish a rare feat of not only getting three players from the same program, but three guys who have played with together for the past three seasons and G.M Chad Van Diemen knows that could be an advantage at the start of the season. “Having three players come in who have played together the last three seasons will help them with the transition to junior hockey and hopefully helps with their confidence levels right off the hop” says Chad “They have been held to a high standard on and off the ice as well as in the classroom. We want to set high standards this season and we feel the three of them will be able to come in and contribute to our team success right from day one.”
The Kings will have four Shattuck alumni in the lineup next season as returning defenceman Casey Aman spent 3 seasons at the Minnesota boarding school before joining the Kings last year.