The Powell River Kings have acquired 1999-born forward Levi Glasman from the Trail Smoke Eaters, in exchange for 2000-born defenceman Nathan Kelly, who goes to the Chilliwack Chiefs in a three-team trade.
Glasman comes to Powell River following a near point-per-game season as a rookie with Trail last year. The Lacombe, Alberta product suited up in 53 games last season, scoring 24 and adding 28 assists for 52 points. To date this season, Glasman has 3 goals and 13 assists in 16 games.
“When you lose the Alex Ovechkin of the BC Hockey League in Ben Berard, you’re not going to replace him but you’re going to try and do it via committee,” said Kings Head Coach Tyler Kuntz. “In Levi, we get a really good player who scores goals. He had 24 last year in a good division, more in the playoffs, so to pick up a player who is a point per game in this league is something we’re pretty happy about.”
Leaving Powell River is 2000-born defenceman Nathan Kelly. Also a second year player, Kelly has 54 games of BCHL experience and has scored 4 goals and added 11 assists. He was awarded the Kings Most Academic Player award last season, recognising his work both on the ice and in the classroom, and was a big part of the Kings Island Division Championship team by playing key shutdown roles against Nanaimo, Victoria and Prince George.
“He’s a good young hockey player that did a really good job for the team last year and this year,” added Kuntz. “Had we not had any issues with our forward group, we’d have been fine and happy to have him here and develop, but if you’re going to bring in a good player, it’s going to cost you a good player. He’s going to a good spot, closer to home, with a former team mate in Callum Volpe and we wish him the best.”
The Kings would like to welcome Levi to Powell River, and also thank Nathan for his contributions in the Powell River community, and wish him the best in Chilliwack.