The Powell River Kings Junior “A” Hockey Club actively recruits players from all over North America. Powell River is a hidden gem that allows players to concentrate on hockey and school, where there are no big city distractions. The scouting staff are in search of that special player who has the goal of playing at the highest level hockey he can and is willing to commit to our program. The program will provide all the necessary tools to assist your development.
Powell River is one of the most beautiful communities to live. You can find out more about Powell River by visiting: www.discoverpowellriver.com.
If you are interested in playing for the Powell River Kings please email us.
The Powell River Kings Society believes in operating in the capacity of a “service club”. This means contributing to the betterment of our community on a daily basis, being accountable to the community in areas such as volunteer work with youth groups and charities and providing top-notch hockey on game nights. Kings players are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects positively on themselves, their team and the community.
We want to make the players experience something that will bring a lifetime of memories and we believe that through dedication, discipline and responsibility, we will make this experience a reality with the Powell River Kings.
The Kings are committed to promoting players towards furthering their education through hockey, if that is their desire. Regular contact is kept with many post-secondary institutions in the United States and Canada and players will be provided every opportunity to further themselves towards their goals. Powell River houses a campus of Vancouver Island University, which offers university transfers and credit courses.
One secondary school also serves the area, Brooks Secondary. Regular contact will be kept with the schools to ensure excellent performance. Parents will be provided with updates of their son’s progress at regular intervals if it is requested.
A KING’S PLAYER’S LIFE
All players will be expected to keep occupied in their non-hockey time either by going to school or by working. The team provides assistance in securing part-time employment for those who do not go to school. We also keep regular contacts with schools and employers to ensure that player’s non-hockey time is productive. Because of our busy schedule, there will only be one or two days per week that will not have some sort of team-related activity scheduled.
Players will be allowed to leave Powell River to visit their family as long as their billets and management are aware of their plans and that it will not interfere with the team schedule.
The BCHL is renowned as one of the top training grounds in North America for players who desire to further various aspects of their lives through hockey. A primary emphasis of both the BCHL and the Kings is education and we strive to ensure that players retain their priority. More information about the BCHL is available at www.bchl.ca.
SCHEDULE & TRAVEL
All BCHL teams play a 58 game schedule against 3 divisions; Interior, Mainland and Island. The Kings schedule of games and practices will see us on the ice an average of 5.5 times per week. The team plays 28 away games plus two games at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack.
“Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity”
The Kings enjoy their own team-coloured private dressing room with direct access to the Hap Parker Arena ice surface. It also features a medical room for physio and other treatments during the season.
Powell River’s recreational facilities are unparalleled for a community this size. The recreational facility centrepiece is the Recreation Complex located at the centre of the community in Westview.
The Complex has two adjoining NHL-sized ice sheets: a 1700 seat arena and a 150 seat rink which provides space for figure skating, minor hockey and recreational skating. The Complex also houses a 25-metre swimming pool with an adjoining shallow free-form children’s pool. The children’s pool has a number of fixtures that squirt water, slides and other fun features.
There is also a hot pool for adults; a sauna adjoins the hot pool area. Two air-conditioned fitness rooms offer Apex strength training equipment and Olympic free weights and space for aerobics or fitness classes. One of the featured areas of the Complex is the Evergreen Theatre, which is home to a number of productions and cultural events during the year. The theatre can be partitioned with a folding wall making for a small theatre seating 275 people or a larger one with seating for 725 people. The building offers five meeting rooms suitable for up to 150 participants.
As a member of the Kings, the players will have full access to the pool area along with the fitness rooms.
The Recreation Complex is also home to horseshoe pits and a brand new state of the art BMX track and skateboard park. In addition to the Complex, the Community Services department manages a number of playing fields throughout the region, mostly on school grounds. There are activities at Sunset Park in Wildwood, DA Evans Park in Cranberry, Timberlane Park in the Townsite, and at Gordon and Manson Parks in Westview. Soccer and rugby are the primary winter activities on these fields, while during the spring and summer, many baseball and softball leagues make use of the facilities.
Powell River has gained fame as Canada’s Diving Capital. Scuba divers from all over the continent come to dive and enjoy the unmatched beauty of the clean, clear waters in the area. There is even a three-metre tall bronze mermaid statue sunk in 25 metres of water near Saltery Bay Provincial Park.
The Kings are lucky to have a fantastic high school and college. We are strong supporters of continuing education. Jamie Burt is our Educational advisor and can answer any questions you may have. He is a past player who went onto receive a full scholarship to the University of North Dakota and then returned to Powell River permanently to reside with his family. Please check out the following websites for more information about the schools:
Brooks Secondary School
Vancouver Island University Powell River Campus