RDC Kings add to hockey roster with busy recruiting effort

Red Deer College Kings head coach Trevor Keeper has been busy over the last couple of weeks recruiting for the 2015-16 season. His latest additions include Winkler Flyers goalie Devon Fordyce, Virden Oil Capitals captain and top centre Ben Williams, Melfort Mustangs winger Regan Wilton and Neepawa Natives forward Jaret Smith.

Red Deer College Kings head coach Trevor Keeper has been busy over the last couple of weeks recruiting for the 2015-16 season.

His latest additions include Winkler Flyers goalie Devon Fordyce, Virden Oil Capitals captain and top centre Ben Williams, Melfort Mustangs winger Regan Wilton and Neepawa Natives forward Jaret Smith.

Fordyce immediately bolsters the Kings goaltending situation. With Barnstable heading into his final year of eligibility, Fordyce will push Mike Salmon who struggled with consistency issues last season.

The six-foot-one, 201-pound Cochrane native is well travelled with stops in the Western Hockey League with the Prince George Cougars, the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Brooks Bandits and Okotoks Oilers, the B.C. Hockey League with the Surrey Eagles and the Manitoba Junior Hockey League with the OCN Blizzard and Flyers. He was a part of the RBC Cup champion Brooks Bandits in 2012-13, though in a back up role.

Williams, out of Souris, Man., was third in scoring with Virden this past season, his third with the team, finishing with 53 points (28 goals, 25 assists) and 64 penalty minutes in 59 games. The five-foot-nine, 181 pound centre should give the Kings a boost after struggling to provide top scorer Riley Simpson much offensive support.

Wilton joins the Kings after three seasons with the Mustangs, the Meskanaw, Sask., forward a product of the Prince Albert Mintos highly successful midget AAA program. He is not a big-time scorer, but played his best hockey in the playoffs this last year, scoring 11 points (3-8-11) in 14 games as the Mustangs won the SJHL championship and made it all of the way to the RBC Cup where he had two points (1-1-2) in five games. His biggest asset maybe versatility having played wing, centre and defence.

Though Smith is a Fort McMurray native, he has his hockey playing roots in Red Deer, having played four season in the city, one year with the bantam AAA Rebels White, one with the minor midget AAA IROC Chiefs and two with the midget AAA Optimist Chiefs.

He too is well travelled, having played with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons, the Kingston Voyageurs of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, the Powell River Kings of the BCHL, the Kemptville 73s of the Central Canada Hockey League, and started last year with the La Ronge Ice Wolves but was dealt to Neepawa after five games. The five-foot-10, 174 pounder finished out his junior A career with 44 games and 31 points (8-23-31) with the Natives last season.

Just Posted

Good-bye ice and snow, hello potholes on Red Deer roads

City workers will be spending 20 hours a day on various road repairs

Fog advisory in effect for Red Deer, central Alberta

Heavy fog is affecting visibility for central Alberta drivers Saturday morning. A… Continue reading

Climate change’s impact on outdoor hockey discussed in Red Deer

Red Deer River Watershed Alliance held a forum Friday at the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame

Collision between Red Deer transit bus and truck investigated by RCMP

No one on bus was hurt, truck driver had minor injuries

Eckville man facing about 80 child sexual exploitation charges in court

More than half a million photos and videos found on electronic devices

WATCH: Fashion show highlights Cree designers

The fashion show was part of a Samson Cree Nation conference on MMIW

Montreal priest stabbed during mass leaves hospital; suspect to be charged

MONTREAL — A Catholic priest who was stabbed as he was celebrating… Continue reading

No winning ticket for Friday night’s $35.7 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $35.7 million jackpot… Continue reading

New report details impact of proposed NS spaceport in event of explosion or fire

HALIFAX — The head of a company proposing to open Canada’s only… Continue reading

Quebec man convicted in Mafia-linked conspiracy deported to Italy

MONTREAL — Michele Torre, a Quebec man convicted in 1996 for his… Continue reading

Republican Karl Rove says conservatives need more than simplistic slogans

OTTAWA — Legendary Republican campaign strategist Karl Rove, known for his no-holds-barred… Continue reading

B.C. hospital’s use as shelter ‘clarion call’ about housing crisis, says mayor

The 10-bed regional hospital that serves the medical needs of 5,000 people… Continue reading

Puddle splashing: A rite of spring

Is there anything more fun than driving through water-filled potholes in the… Continue reading

Special evaluations can help seniors cope with cancer care

Before she could start breast cancer treatment, Nancy Simpson had to walk… Continue reading

Most Read