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Powell River Kings announce three signings

Forwards with past experience with the team added to 2024—2025 roster

Powell River Kings have announced the signings of three forwards: Brendan Giles, Michael Mardula, and Tre Peck, all of whom suited up for the Kings throughout the course of last season.

According to a media release from the Kings, Giles was on the opening day roster last season and played in the team’s first 17 games, registering two assists in those games. Despite not hitting the scoresheet as much as he would’ve liked, Giles showed what he was capable of on many occasions and made a great early impression, the release stated.

After his stint with the Kings, Giles went back to his home state of Connecticut to attend Brunswick School and receive his diploma. He would regain his scoring touch during the high school season by scoring 39 times in 34 games to go along with 29 assists, while earning a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) commitment to the University of Connecticut at the end of the season.

“We are very excited to have Brendan return to Powell River this season,” stated Kings assistant general manager Stephan Seeger Jr. “Brendan is a shifty, creative forward with a great work ethic who can play in a lot of situations for us. He showed glimpses last season of what he is capable of and we believe he is on track to continue his upward trajectory. He had a great finish to the season in prep school and we are very excited to see his progress carry over to a full BCHL season.”

Mardula, is from Lemont, Illinois and suited up in four games as an affiliate during the month of December. He made an immediate impact, scoring in his first game against the Surrey Eagles, the release stated.

“His positive energy, eagerness, and passion for the game of hockey is something we’re excited to add to the locker room this year,” stated Seeger Jr. “Mikey has a unique way of finding the scoresheet wherever he goes, and always puts forth an effort to gain knowledge to improve his game. We are extremely excited to add him to our roster and can’t wait to see what he brings to the team for his rookie season.”

Mardula played 44 games with the Little Caesars 16 and under AAA team in Detroit last season, scored 19 goals, and added 25 assists.

Tre Peck’s journey with the Kings started during the preseason last year by playing in the team’s first two games, where he scored twice. After his brief stint with the Kings, he went home to Minnesota to play for Totino Grace High School, where he was an assistant captain, the release stated. He was a goal per game player with 26 goals in as many games, plus he added 19 helpers to lead his team in scoring, according to the release. He returned to Powell River towards the end of the season for another look and like Mardula, made a quick impression in his first game, scoring on his first ever junior hockey shift. 

Peck may not be the biggest player on the ice, standing five feet, seven inches, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in other areas of his game, according to Seeger Jr.

“Tre is a feisty, fearless, and speedy forward who finds ways to be effective every shift,” stated Seeger Jr. “He is a hard-nosed player who has a very good understanding of the game at such a young age. We have already seen him fit in very well with his future teammates and we believe the system complements his style of play. Adding Tre is a great fit and we couldn’t be happier to call him a King this year.”

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