Powell River Kings have added a goaltender to the roster for the 2023/2024 BC Hockey League (BCHL) season.
Owen Crudale, who is from Poway, California, spent last season with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks organization. In 33 games at the U18 AAA level, he posted a 1.75 GAA (goals against average) and .931 save percentage for the highly ranked Ducks.
“Owen is a guy we did a bunch of homework on,” said Kings’ coach Brock Sawyer. “He came very highly recommended from his midget coach, who has experience in this league, and his goalie coach was very complimentary of his work ethic. He fits the mould of what we are looking to bring into our program, and we are excited to see what he can bring.”
The six-foot, one-inch netminder, who will be 18 when the season starts, backstopped his team to a state championship and competed at the nationals this past season. With the Kings looking to improve in the crease next year, the team believes Crudale’s experience will help him excel at the junior level.
“He was dynamite for the Junior Ducks at nationals and gave them a chance to win,” added Sawyer. “Obviously coming to junior there are going to be some growing pains, but hopefully he can adjust quickly and establish himself in the crease and give us a chance to win every game.”