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PHOTOS: Prince George Spruce Kings sent off in style by loyal fans

Team departed for Vernon today by cheers, chants, and special messages
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The Prince George Spruce Kings are halfway to their first ever B.C. Hockey League (BCHL) championship.

After winning the first two games of the 2018-19 Fred Page Cup Final on home ice, 3-1 on Friday (April 12) and 4-1 on Saturday (April 13), the ‘Kings hit the road today (April 15) for Vernon, hoping to return to the northern capital later this week with the trophy on the bus.

Before they put the pedal to the pavement, the team was sent off by more than a dozen fans at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena (RMCA) at Noon today (April 15), who wore jerseys, hugged the players, banged on drums as they boarded the bus, and even brought homemade cookies for the road trip.

Travel for the Fred Page Cup Finals this year is a little bit different compared to last for Prince George.

In 2018, the Wenatchee Wild hosted the first two games of the best-of-seven championship series, so the Spruce Kings endured a drive that, in one sitting, would last more than 11 hours.

The boys did spend a night in Osoyoos before crossing the Washington state border the next morning.

Luckily, the red, white, and blue will get to Vernon in one shot as the drive should only last seven to eight hours (plus-minus a bathroom break or two along the way).

They take a 2-0 finals lead into Kal Tire Place.

Games Three and Four between the Spruce Kings and Vipers take place tomorrow night (April 16) and Wednesday (April 17), both with 7 p.m. puck-drops.

If the Vipers win at least one of those games, the Fred Page Cup Finals will head back to Prince George for Game Five on Friday (April 19) at the RMCA.




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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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