Some new rules introduced as the previous season was winding down will impact on the Spruce Kings specifically with numbers. With a list of players eligible to return and another short list of players that have provided their commitments to the team, I thought I would put them together and give you a look at the list as it exists today.
|LARGE, Cameron||35||Goal||Right||6' 01"||190 lbs||November 15, 1992||Nanaimo, BC|
|THOMPSON, Kirk||1||Goal||Left||5' 11"||165 lbs||March 1, 1992||Surrey, BC|
|BARDOCK, Cody||Defence||Right||6' 04"||210 lbs||July 26, 1993||Lethbridge, AB|
|BRYAN, Josh||Defence||Left||6' 02"||195 lbs||March 31, 1993||Sidney, BC|
|CROSSAN, Jared||Defence||Left||5' 11"||185 lbs||April 20, 1993||Prince George, BC|
|DAVIES, Isaac||24||Defence||Left||6' 04"||190 lbs||February 14, 1993||Smithers, BC|
|ESAU, Trevor||6||Defence||Left||6' 04"||210 lbs||May 23, 1992||Abbotsford, BC|
|GOLIGHTLY, Chase||3||Defence||Right||5' 10"||180 lbs||June 6, 1992||Temecula, CA|
|HAMBROOK, Bennett||22||Defence||Right||6' 00"||185 lbs||March 18, 1992||Kimberley, BC|
|PACHECO, Skylar||Defence||Left||5' 09"||160 lbs||August 1, 1994||Kitimat, BC|
|WATERFIELD, Sam||7||Defence||Right||6' 03"||205 lbs||August 27, 1991||Victoria, BC|
|WOODLEY, Ben||10||Defence||Right||6' 07"||230 lbs||December 6, 1991||London, ON|
|BEAIRSTO, Dustin||25||Forward||Right||6' 00"||180 lbs||May 31, 1992||Spruce Grove, AB|
|FITZGERALD, Trevor||Forward||Right||6' 00"||180 lbs||December 28, 1992||Vernon, BC|
|KHAIRA, Jujhar||16||Forward||Left||6' 01"||180 lbs||August 13, 1994||Surrey, BC|
|KLONARAKIS, Michael||Forward||Left||5' 09"||160 lbs||March 6, 1995||Kitimat, BC|
|LANDREY, Sean||Forward||Left||6' 03"||210 lbs||January 8, 1993||Prince George, BC|
|MANLOW, Kyle||11||Forward||Left||5' 10"||165 lbs||June 28, 1991||Murrieta, CA|
|McHAFFIE, Scott||Forward||Left||5' 09"||175 lbs||March 8, 1994||Victoria, BC|
|McHAFFIE, Spencer||Forward||Left||5' 09"||175 lbs||March 8, 1994||Chilliwack, BC|
|MURDOCH, Trent||15||Forward||Left||5' 11"||160 lbs||July 31, 1991||Nanaimo, BC|
|RYAN, Stephen||8||Forward||Left||6' 00"||180 lbs||September 9, 1994||Langley, BC|
|SKIRVING, Todd||21||Forward||Left||6' 02"||170 lbs||April 30, 1992||Thunder Bay, ON|
|TAPPE, Dylan||Forward||Right||5' 10"||175 lbs||October 8, 1992||Spokane, WA|
|TIECHKO, Connor||14||Forward||Left||6' 00"||175 lbs||April 22, 1992||Chilliwack, BC|
|WATSON, Brandon||26||Forward||Right||6' 00"||180 lbs||February 24, 1992||Keremeos, BC|
Taking the recent rule changes into consideration there are still tweaks coming to this list. The rule that will have the biggest impact on this list is the rule that now limits the roster to 21 players. Currently there are 26 players on this list, which means that at least five names will have to come off it.
Another rule that impacts the roster is the rule that states every team must have a minimum of one 16 year old and a minimum of one 17 year old. Along with that rule is the limitation of a maximum of two 16 year olds. The list above shows one 16 year old player with Michael Klonarakis filling the spot. From Kitimat, Klonarakis finds himself playing a little closer to home after skating last season with the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna.
With a minimum but no maximum on the number of 17 year olds, the Spruce Kings roster currently shows five players in this age bracket. Jujhar Khaira and Stephen Ryan are on the list as returning players while the twins, Scott and Spencer McHaffie, along with Skylar Pacheco are players that have committed to the team since the April Spring Camp.
Khaira had a great rookie season that saw the then 16 year old secure a scholarship to Michigan Tech that is expected to start in the Fall of 2012. Ryan and Khaira were friends on and off the ice and pushed each other to be as good as they could be.
The McHaffie twins were the first out of town players to commit to the Spruce Kings at the Spring Camp and showed they have the type of chemistry that is seen with Henrik and Daniel Sedin. Pacheco is the only defenceman in the list of 17 year old players and is another product to come out of Kitimat.
There are no rules regarding 18 or 19 year old players, so it stands to reason that the majority of players fall in to this age bracket. A total of sixteen players including two goaltenders, seven defenceman and another seven forwards are on the Spruce Kings current list of players.
Kirk Thompson and Cameron Large not only split duties between the pipes last season, they also billeted together. Both netminders enter the 2011-12 season as 19 year olds. Eighteen year old Isaac Davies along with three nineteen year olds in Trevor Esau, Chase Golightly and Bennett Hambrook are all on the list as players eligible to return from last season. Up front is a set of four nineteen year old returning veterans - Dustin Beairsto, Todd Skirving, Connor Tiechko and Brandon Watson.
New additions to the Spruce Kings list that are either 18 or 19 years old include 18 year old defenceman Josh Bryan who was acquired from the Victoria Grizzlies. Jared Crossan and Cody Bardock are also a pair of 18 year old defenceman that committed to the team at or just before the Spring Camp.
Nineteen year olds, Trevor Fitzgerald and Dylan Tappe are two forwards that were acquired as future considerations in trade deadline deals made with the Vernon Vipers and Trail Smoke Eaters respectfully. Sean Landrey rounds out this age bracket up front as an eighteen year old that played games last season as an affiliate player (AP) with the Spruce Kings.
The last age category is that of the overagers or those that celebrate their 20th birthday somewhere in the 2011 calendar year. Teams are limited to a total of six 20 year old players. The Spruce Kings current list shows four of them being and all of them being returning players. Sam Waterfield and Ben Woodley on the back end, Kyle Manlow and Trent Murdoch up front.
As already mentioned this list is going to be tweaked and it wouldn't surprise me to see additional names added to the list before the team's main camp starts up in late August. The camp will be highly competitive with players battling to retain their spot and many more looking to take over a roster spot for the team's 40th season.