Prince George Spruce Kings defenceman Wes McLeod is returning to the B.C. Hockey League All-Star Game.
Only this time, the 19-year-old Kamloops product will be skating with Coastal Conference players, not against them.
This season marks the first year that BCHL all-stars will team up to face the defending Fred Page Cup league champions. McLeod and the rest of the all-star squad are scheduled to face the Interior Conference’s Vernon Vipers on Jan. 13 at the Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo.
In the 2008-09 campaign, McLeod was one of five Spruce Kings named to the Interior Conference roster. The other players were forward Sammy Muchalla, forward Sean Ambrosie, defenceman Zach Davies and goalie Kevin Genoe. Muchalla is the only player of the four back with the Spruce Kings this season.
A third-year BCHL defenceman, McLeod also skated for Team Canada West in this year’s World Junior A Challenge, helping the team win a silver in the competition. Last season, he played in the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Prospects Game and secured a Division 1 scholarship at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Entering the Spruce Kings’ home game against the Quesnel Millionaires on Tuesday evening, McLeod had tallied eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points in 29 games this season.
The lineups for the All-Star Game are available on the league website at www.bchl.ca.