With the Spruce Kings entering their 40th season, it is the time to start thinking back over the years at the history of the team. The banners that hang in the rafters all bring back fond memories of the times, teams and players that worked so hard to achieve success.
The British Columbia Hockey League is also celebrating a milestone this year as they enter their 50th season. The Spruce Kings first season in the BCHL was 1996-97 after purchasing the Royal City Outlaws franchise and taking up residency in the Junior A League.
Looking back over those 15 seasons I can't help but see a long list of player's names flash through the memory bank. Whether you were there for day one or your first day with the Spruce Kings was a little more recent, there's no denying that you have a favourite player or more.
Any short form list will inevitably miss an influential player but to include all 450 players that have suited up for the Spruce Kings in the BCHL would just leave far too many favourites to chose from. Currently on the Spruce Kings Facebook page I'm asking fans to identify at least one of their favourites with the option of adding a missing name to the list.
Looking through the years I find myself pulling out names and wondering if this is the one, or maybe that one ... I encourage you to look through the alumni list on the Spruce Kings website yourself and see if you can keep your list to under forty names.
The Spruce Kings have a great history in the city of Prince George and in this 40th anniversary of the team I hope you will get to relive the joy of the games played but more importantly to enjoy the games still to be played.