Surrey, B.C. – The Surrey Eagles organization is proud to congratulate Carter King on his commitment to the University of Denver in the NCAA. It’s the 2nd NCAA commitment of the summer, following JJ Fecteau’s commitment to Stevenson University. The University of Denver is a NCAA Division 1 program.
A B.C Hockey League rookie last season at the age of 18, King turned heads as the season went on and finished the year with 18 goals and 33 points while playing in all 58 games for the Eagles. The 18 year old from Calgary, Alberta then put up 2 goals and an assist in 7 playoff games to help the Eagles beat the Chilliwack Chiefs in round 1 of the playoffs before the season shut down prematurely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
For Carter, it was a season which saw him play up and down the lineup and continuously earn more playing time by always being in the right place at the right time. He was a staple on the penalty kill, a lock on the 2nd powerplay unit and a fixture on the 2nd line with Brandon Santa Juana and Kenny Riddett. King’s goal-scoring exploded in 2020, where he scored 12 of his 18 goals in the last 21 games of the season.
Always a big announcement for every Jr. Hockey player, King is no exception when asked about his solidified move to the NCAA in 2021. He told Surreyeagles.ca “It’s exciting of course. It’s a bit of a weight off the shoulders, and it’s nice to have an idea of where I’m going.”
King also explained his conversations with Denver which led to his decision. “It was definitely later on in the season. All the talks slow down in the playoffs so players can focus on their games. Then it picked up in the summer; I had some great zoom calls with the coaches and the staff and I was confident in making my choice.”
However, Carter will return to the Eagles for one more season next year and he’s excited about the prospect of joining his teammates. “I’m very excited [for next season]. It’ll be great to come in with a little less stress and be able to put all my effort purely into the Eagles and hopefully win a championship next season.”
Eagles Head Coach Cam Keith weighed in on the news of his team’s newest NCAA commit. “We could not be more proud and excited for Carter with his commitment to the University of Denver. The speed at which he has developed in the past two season from Midget AA to a national championship program is truly amazing.”