One day after announcing the first winner in the Spruce Kings Show Home Lottery, the Spruce Kings might be feeling like they just won an early bird prize themselves. On Monday, the Spruce Kings learned of the Kamloops Blazers wish to reassign seventeen year old forward Lyndon Martell from the Western Hockey League to his former Junior 'A' team.
Martell played in 44 games last year with the Spruce Kings as a sixteen year old finishing the year with 31 points (13 goals and 18 assists) and 18 penalty minutes. Prior to his first tour of duty with the Spruce Kings, Martell was setting the Major Midget League on fire with a better than two point a game average.
This season Martell wasn't finding the ice time he was used to and that wasn't lost on his new team. In a press release announcing the reassignment of the Prince George forward to his home town team, Matt Recchi recognized that in the best interests of Martell's development he should be given an opportunity to play a more enhanced role.
That opportunity rests with the Prince George Spruce Kings and the Spruce Kings are excited to have the talented player back in the lineup to add even more depth up front for the team. Until he has an opportunity to suit up and start practicing with the Spruce Kings, it isn't known which line Martell is going to be playing on.
Here are the two press releases issued by the Kamloops Blazers and the Prince George Spruce Kings
Kamloops, BC - The Kamloops Blazers announced this morning that they have re-assigned 17-year-old forward Lyndon Martell to the Prince George Spruce Kings of the BCHL.
"Lyndon needs more playing time to continue to develop," Director of Player Personnel, Matt Recchi commented. "He struggled to get in the line-up here and we believe he needs to play in a more enhanced role to continue to advance his skill set," Recchi concluded.
Martell played in 8 games with the Blazers this season collecting 1 assist. He has played only 1 out of the last 8 games.
The Kamloops Blazers current roster now sits at 22 players including 13 forwards, 7 defensemen, and 2 goaltenders.
PRINCE GEORGE, BC – The Prince George Spruce Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) today announced that the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League have reassigned 17 year old forward Lyndon Martell to the Spruce Kings Junior 'A' Hockey Club.
Lyndon Martell (6-foot-1, 175 pound, 1993 born left handed forward from Prince George) played 44 games last season with the Spruce Kings finishing with a record of 13 goals and 18 assists. This season Lyndon played in eight games with the Kamloops Blazers before being reassigned to his former team.
"Lyndon needs more playing time to continue to develop," said Kamloops Blazers Director of Player Personnel, Matt Recchi, in a press release. "We believe he needs to play in a more enhanced role to continue to advance his skill set."
"We're very happy that the Kamloops Blazers have made it possible for Lyndon to play for us," said Spruce Kings General Manager and Head Coach, Ed Dempsey. "Lyndon is the type of player that can excel in this game with more ice time and we know what he can do for us."
Lyndon Martell is expected to join the Spruce Kings during the week and be in the lineup for the team's next game when they host the Westside Warriors on Thursday night, November 11 at 7:00pm in the Prince George Coliseum.
For more information, please contact the Spruce Kings office at 250.564.1747.