Currently in his second season playing senior AA hockey for Powell River Regals, Ethan Schmunk is no stranger to donning uniforms to represent his hometown.
He grew up learning the game under the tutelage of Powell River Minor Hockey Association coaches in his early years of development, then moved on to North Island Silvertips of the BC Elite Hockey League for one season. He spent the following year with the Okanagan U18 Prep team in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.
Schmunk’s junior career started in 2016/2017, when he suited up in 29 games for Campbell River Storm of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and nine more for Powell River Kings in the BC Hockey League. He skated with the Kings for two more seasons, then spent his last year of junior eligibility with Minot Minotauras (North Dakota) of the North American Hockey League. In addition to 183 regular season games played in junior hockey, he appeared in 33 playoff games over four seasons.
Schmunk says his father had the biggest influence on his development and listed winning a BCHL Island Division championship with the Kings as his career highlight. His favourite player to watch growing up was former Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.
Away from the rink, Schmunk works as a freight train conductor for Canadian National Railway.
Regals will host Coy Cup 2024, competed for by senior AA teams in BC, with three regional winners joining the home team at the tournament in March. Tickets are available at the Peak, TAWS and Royal LePage-Powell River.
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