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Powell River Kings add forward depth to roster

16-year-old from Lake Country commits to BC Hockey League club
BIG BODY: six-foot, three-inch Jace Harder will join Powell River Kings for the 2023/2024 BC Hockey League campaign.

Powell River Kings continue adding to the roster for the upcoming 2023/2024 BC Hockey League (BCHL) season. Forward Jace Harder is the latest addition to the team.

The 16-year-old spent the past two seasons with the RINK Hockey Academy in Kelowna. In 2022/2023 he scored 16 goals and added 14 assists in 31 Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) games.

“I am super pumped to be a part of the Kings’ organization and Powell River community,” said Harder. “I would like to thank [general manager Chad [van Diemen] and the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to grow as a player and a person next season. I am very grateful for the opportunity to play here and I’m looking forward to my future in Powell River.”

The six-foot, three-inch player from Lake Country, BC, adds much-needed size to the Kings’ forward group, and has the ability to produce points.

“Jace is a big body who skates well, plays a heavy game and can produce offensively,” said van Diemen. “We wanted to add some size to our lineup and be harder to play against. He ticks both of those boxes and we feel he will develop into a very strong forward in the BCHL as he gains experience.”

Last week, the Kings signed goaltender Owen Crudale. Defender Ben Ramsey and forward Carter Lundie both signed earlier in the year.

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