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.