Dante De Caria | Garrett James
Powell River, BC – The Powell River Kings that have signed 2002-born goaltender Thomas Wardle.
Wardle, 17, began the season with the Coquitlam Express, going 2-1 with a 3.00 GAA and .899 SV%. The West Vancouver, BC native picked up his first BCHL win against the Langley Rivermen (9/7), allowing two goals on 43-shots.
“He’s improved over the last two years,” said Head Coach Tyler Kuntz. “Jason (Fortier) in Coquitlam really liked him, and I have a lot of friends who are really high on him. After watching him play, I like his size, his movement in the net, his rebound control, and I liked how he would fight through a screen.”
Kuntz later added that Wardle is also a piece for the future.
“He’s a young guy that can come back next year. I think he’s a goalie that will surprise some people, and he’s got a lot of people who are really high on him. This is all good stuff as we want someone to come in and play 12 to 15 games.”
Wardle previously played for the West Van Academy Elite 15s (2017-18) and the Notre Dame Hounds Midget AAA (2018-19) where he led them to a Saskatchewan Midget Championship. He will join Derek Krall in net this season.
The Kings would also like to thank goaltender Braedy Euerby all the best in his future endeavors.