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College signing, new recruit for the Prince George Spruce Kings

Jay Keranen going to home state of Michigan, Nolan Barrett enters the castle
Prince George Spruce Kings defenceman Jay Keranen (#6) plays along the boards in a playoff game against Chiliwack (via Kyle Balzer)

There’s a wolverine amongst the 2019 Fred Page and Doyle Cup champions and we’re talking about Hugh Jackman.

Defenceman Jay Keranen has committed to play in his home state for the University of Michigan Wolverines starting in the fall, becoming the sixth blue-liner from last year’s Spruce Kings roster to sign with an NCAA Division One college hockey team.

He joins Nick Bochen (2020-21) and Fin Williams (2021-22) as the other Michigan commits coming out of B.C.’s northern capital.

Between two seasons, the 21-year-old played almost 100 regular season games in Prince George, as well as 43 in the playoffs, scoring five points in the team’s run to the Fred Page and Doyle Cups.

He also had a goal and an assist at the National Junior ‘A’ Championship.

As Keranen departs for the midwest, the Spruce Kings are also bringing in another recruit from the United States.

Defenceman Nolan Barrett has signed to play in Prince George for the 2019-20 season in hopes of defending their championships.

The 18-year-old from Glen Ridge, New Jersey had a strong year offensively for the Skipjacks Under-18 Hockey Club in Pennsylvania, recording 23 points in 25 games including 17 assists.

He’s also a college commit himself, going to Merrimack on a scholarship for the 2020-21 season.


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About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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