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Kings acquire new forward in three-team deal

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POWELL RIVER, B.C. – The Powell River Kings have picked up a new skater.

Levi Glasman joins the BCHL team from the Trail Smoke Eaters.

The Lacombe, Alberta forward scored 24 goals along with 28 assists in his first season with the Smoke Eaters last year, over 53 games.

In 16 games this season, he has three goals and 13 assists.

Leaving the Kings is defenceman Nathan Kelly. He’s off to the Chilliwack Chiefs as part of the three-team swap.

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In 54 BCHL games, Kelly has four goals and 11 assists. Last year, he was awarded the Kings Most Academic Player award, recognizing his skills on the ice and in school.

“He’s a good young hockey player that did a really good job for the team last year and this year,” said Kings coach Tyler Kuntz, in a team-issued release.

“Had we not had any issues with our forward group, we’d have been fine and happy to have him here and develop, but if you’re going to bring in a good player, it’s going to cost you a good player. He’s going to a good spot, closer to home, with a former team mate in Callum Volpe and we wish him the best.”

Kuntz had high praise for Glasman.

“When you lose the Alex Ovechkin of the BC Hockey League in Ben Berard, you’re not going to replace him but you’re going to try and do it via committee,” he stated.

“In Levi, we get a really good player who scores goals. He had 24 last year in a good division, more in the playoffs, so to pick up a player who is a point per game in this league is something we’re pretty happy about.”

The Powell River Kings hit the ice next against Surrey on Friday, Nov. 2nd, following a successful weekend. They defeated Vernon 3-2 on Oct. 26th and beat Nanaimo 4-1 on the 27th.

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