New Years Eve: The Powell River Kings take a break from their BCHL schedule to play some international puck tonight. The Kings welcome the Malmo Rehawks to the Hap Parker Arena. Malmo is a swedish junior club that compete's in the country's highest junior divison.
* Puck drop is 5:30pm
Gold n' Blue: The Redhawks are in search of their first win on their seven game western Canada exhibtion series. So far the Swedes have dropped games to the Dawson Creek Rage (NAHL) 2-1 and the Grand Prairie Storm (AJHL) 8-4.
This wll be the first of five games the Redhawks will play against BCHL teams. Malmo moves on to Nanaimo tomorrow afternoon, Alberni Valley Sunday, and Victoria and Cowichan Valley on the 4th and 5th.
Swedish Touch: Just before the Redhawks embarked on their Western Canada road trip they were dealt a blow. Their two top forwards, brothers, Panthrik and Ponthus were called up to the men's team. The juniors play under the Malmo IF umbrella, with the men's team at the top which plays in the Elitserien. The juniors are the feeder team for the senior side and when they call they have to answer.
Panthrik had 43 points (20 25-18-43) to Ponthus's 42 (24 12-30-42) in limited action in the J20 SuperElit. With those two gone the offense will be lead by Zebastian Ilestedt. Ilestedt is one of the elder statesman on the team at the age of 19. Others to look out for is Victor Ohman. The son of head coach Roger, Victor has 10 points in only nine games. Ohman had 27 points in 21 games for the Redhawks one season ago.