The Surrey Eagles are excited to announce that 2001-born forward Carter King has committed to the team for the upcoming 2019-20 BCHL season. King comes to the Eagles from the Midget AAA Calgary Buffaloes of the Alberta Midget Hockey League. He was signed after impressing at the team’s annual spring identification camp this weekend.
In 2018-19, King led his team in scoring with 23 goals in only 34 games played. He added an additional 4 goals and 7 assists in 11 playoff games. He also appeared as an affiliated player for the Calgary Mustangs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, where he recorded an assist in one game. He is the second new Eagles recruit that played in the AMHL after fellow 2001-born forward Nate Ibraheem of the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers, who was committed to earlier in the offseason.
“It’s been a goal of mine to reach the BCHL for a few years now,” King told SurreyEagles.ca. “Everyone knows about the scholarships. It’s a big part when you’re looking at what leagues you want to go to. They have a track record of placing guys in the NCAA. That’s the goal that I have, so finding a spot in this league is something I’ve really been looking forward to.”
According to King, the opportunity of joining a young team under the guidance of head coach Cam Keith is what initially drew him to attending the team’s spring identification camp – but visiting South Surrey Arena and the surrounding area with his family cemented his desire to play for the Eagles.
“He’s a proven coach, working in Trail and Chilliwack,” King said about his new bench boss. “His view of the team as a fast-paced, puck-moving team is the style that I strive under. White Rock/South Surrey is also beautiful place. Coming from Calgary where we get a lot of snow, coming out here, the weather is unbelievable. It’s just a cool opportunity to come into a league like this and have a fresh start.”
After leading his team in goals last season, King brings a scoring pedigree with him to Surrey – but he made it abundantly clear that fans should expect to see a smart, two-way style from him.
“I see myself as a responsible forward that can think the game well. I pride myself in my hockey IQ, and I think that making plays consistently can really help my teammates play the style of game that they want to play.”
“I’m coming here to win. We might not win right away, but we will put in the work because winning is the ultimate goal.”
Welcome to the team, Carter!