The Powell River Kings continue to add pieces to their 2017/2018 roster puzzle, this time committing to 98-born forward Mitchell Williams from the Campbell River Storm.
Williams, originally from Prince George brings plenty of hockey experience to the Kings, with a three year stint in the BC Major Midget League with his hometown Cariboo Cougars and finally the Vancouver NW Giants. More recently, Williams has been plying his trade with the Campbell River Storm in the VIJHL, helping his side win a league title last season.
The 6’1, 195lb forward has worked hard to get to this point.
“I’m super excited for the opportunity with Powell River” said Williams. “This had been something I’d wanted for a long time and had been trying really hard over recent years and getting this bounce and earning this chance is something I’m excited for.”
Williams brings a good blend of size and skill to the Kings lineup.
“Fans can expect to see a big guy, someone who can throw his body around,” added Williams. “But I like to think there’s a bit of finesse there as well, ability to make passes. Ultimately I just want to use my size to my advantage to create opportunities.”
“He’s a good mix of a lot of good qualities you look for in a hockey player” said Kings Head Coach Kent Lewis. “He’s seen what this league is like, he knows what to expect come game 1 and we’re excited to have his here this season.”
With BCHL experience under his belt as an AP over the last couple of seasons, Williams understands that the pace of the BCHL is what he’ll be ready for in September.
“The BCHL is definitely a step faster than anything I’ve played before,” said Williams. “Last year I found I was a bit of a step behind when I played with Nanaimo as an AP so I think the speed is something I’m aware that I need to be ready for in September.”
“We’ve got a good crop of returning players, but we’re always looking at not only supporting those pieces this year, but also how can players contribute in years ahead” added Lewis. “Mitch brings a lot to the club and we’re excited to see how he develops here in the last two years of his junior career.”
Williams will join the Kings roster ahead of Main Camp in late August and wants to use his existing Junior experience to contribute from day one. He draws confidence from his third and final year of Major Midget hockey with the Vancouver NW Giants.
“I can 100% say that my third year in major midget taught me everything I know about the offensive side of the game. I broke out that year and felt a lot more comfortable, like I was always a presence on the ice and that I could dominate in a lot of different situations” said Williams.