POWELL RIVER, B.C.- The Powell River Kings have found a new bus, and efforts continue to pay for it.
The BCHL team’s former mode of transportation broke down in November. Since then, coach Kent Lewis said they were able to find a bus that suited their needs in Kamloops.
“We had a group of people that put forth the money to help us out and get the bus,” he said.
“Now it’s (up to us) to generate the funds, through fundraising, so we can get this bus paid for.”
Lewis said it’s heartwarming to see the community come together to support the franchise, which is celebrating its 30th year in the junior hockey league.
“Those are the kind of hearts that have obviously kept this club afloat in not only just bringing the franchise to Powell River but you know, just keeping it here,” he said.
“We’re so excited to celebrate 30 years this year of having Junior A hockey in Powell River. Some of the best players in the game have come through these doors.”
Kings alumni include Daniel Carr, currently of the Montreal Canadiens, Clayton Stoner (Vegas Golden Knights) and former NHL players Dean Malkoc, Jeff Hoggan, Robb Gordon and Brad Bombardir.
Former NHL head coach Cory Clouston worked with the team as an assistant during the 1994-1995 season.
Lewis said ticket sales from the Dream Lottery are helping raise funds for the new bus.
The Powell River Kings Dream Lottery offers a variety of cash prizes. Tickets can be purchased at www.prkingsdreamlottery.ca.
A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help the team pay for the new bus. Donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/prkingsneednewbus.