It might be early in the season but Prince George Spruce Kings rookie Dylan Exton has already shown he’s fitting right in.
The 19-year-old rookie centre has been making the most of his chances early in the season with five points in seven games.
Exton grew up playing hockey in Calgary, when his family moved when he was 13. Prior to that he played in Toronto.
“I played midget AAA there and it was a good team. It’s a strong league. It’s my fondest year so far,” said Exton.
Though he shows his skills with the puck, Exton didn’t always want to be a forward.
“I wanted to be a goalie but my dad wouldn’t let me. He said I’d have a lot more fun playing forward,” said Exton, who played junior B last season for the Creston Valley Thunder Cats of the Kootenay International Junior B Hockey League, with current Spruce Kings teammate Jeremy Roberts.
“I mostly wanted to be in the BCHL and PG is kind of like a city and here seemed like the best fit. It’s obviously tough coming in here. There are a lot of expectations [with the success of last year’s team]. It’s awesome to be part of something big. We just got to get everything together, said Exton, who’d like to be a part of next year’s Royal Bank Cup team.
Spruce Kings head coach Ed Dempsey has been pleased with Exton’s play.
“Dylan’s been tremendous. He came in here with not a lot of fan fare but a really solid player. He sees the ice well and he does a good job for us in the face-off circle and does a good job on the penalty kill. He’s put up some numbers and helped us out on the power play,” said Dempsey.
The Kings will be back at home October 7 against the Vernon Vipers. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Castle.