BCHL Today: Spruce Kings home arena to stay closed until 2021, PG signs blueliner Ben LeFranc, and more


Prince George council votes to keep Spruce Kings’ home closed

Prince George council voted unanimously on the City administration’s recommendation to keep Rolling Mix Concrete Arena, which is home to the Prince George Spruce Kings, closed for the remainder of 2020.

Council made the decision to offset projected shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The BCHL announced plans for a proposed December 1 start date earlier this month.

If the Spruce Kings hope to start playing at the beginning of December, it would either be after relaxed restrictions or in a different facility.


Spruce Kings sign LeFranc for this season

The Prince George Spruce Kings added 2003-born defenseman Ben LeFranc for the upcoming 2020-21 season. The Penticton product spent this past season with the Okanagan Hockey Academy Red Prep team.

In 35 Canadian Sport School Hockey League games in 2019-20, LeFranc notched six goals and 12 assists.



Price nominated for King Clancy Award

Goaltender Carey Price (2.70 goals-against-average in 18 games with Quesnel in 2002-03) is the Montreal Canadiens nominee for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is presented “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”

The 31 nominees, including Price, were selected by their respective teams.


Cents raise more than $2,000 with car wash

The Merritt Centennials hosted a fundraising car wash on Saturday. A number of players and members of the organization washed more than 100 cars and raised $2,200.

The Cents are one of just a few community-owned franchises in the BCHL, run by a society and board of directors.