Spruce Kings pleased to get Pacheco

The Prince George Spruce Kings are pleased to announce that Skylar Pacheco has committed to the team for the 2011-12 season.

The Prince George Spruce Kings are pleased to announce that Skylar Pacheco has committed to the team for the 2011-12 season.

Pacheco is a highly skilled defenceman who will compliment an already strong Spruce Kings blue line.

Pacheco is a 1994-born defenceman from Kitimat who played last season with the Creston Valley Thundercats of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

He was selected to play in the KIJHL Top Prospects Game picking up one point.

The 16-year-old rookie finished the regular season with 5 goals and 12 assists in 43 games and also contributed in the post season with a goal and an assist in 13 playoff games.

“We’re extremely thrilled to receive a commitment from a player like Skylar,” said Spruce Kings general manager Mike Hawes.

“He is an extremely intelligent defenceman with tremendous offensive upside, good defensive instincts and great work ethic. Skylar will be a very good player for our organization for several years.”

“We are excited to be able to add another player from Northern BC,” added Hawes. “From an organizational standpoint, it is important to us to be able to continue promoting players from the North.”

A delighted Skylar said he would like to thank everyone who had helped him get to this point, especially Joe Martin who coached him last year in Creston and took a chance on him and trusted him as a 16-year-old.

“I really appreciated all he did for me and all the advice he continues to give me,” Skylar said, adding, “I am very excited to play for the Prince George Spruce Kings as it will be a fast, young  and skilled team.”