What began as a really bad April Fool’s joke for Tyler Scofield six months ago came to a conclusion on Thursday morning.
Since Scofield’s rights were returned to the Prince George Spruce Kings on April 1 he’s been waiting for a trade. On Thursday the long awaited trade happened with Scofield making his way to OCN [Opaskwayak Cree Nation] Blizzards of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for future considerations.
Scofield is happy to get the season underway and is excited to be playing for his former coach Rick Hillier. Hillier, who coached Scofield at Alberni Valley last season, is an assistant coach with the Blizzards.
“I’m pretty familiar with him. There are two guys who I played with in Alberni so I’m familiar with them [Mark Kehrig and Tyler Milford]. They usually have a winning franchise. It’s good to go to a team that has a winning history,” said Scofield.
In 107 games with the Spruce Kings during parts of three seasons Scofield had 63 goals and 83 assists.
Scofield wasn’t going to have much time to get settled. He was scheduled to arrive in Winnipeg on Friday night and would be playing two games on Saturday as part of a MJHL showcase.
“They are in the middle of a show case in Winnipeg where we’ll play three or four games. It will give me a chance to get to know the guys in the hotel And play three games right off the bat. It’s a little hard to go right into that, but it’s also pretty exciting,” said Scofield.
“It might take me a game or so to get back into it.”
Spruce Kings head coach and director of player personnel Ed Dempsey is happy the trade is over.
“It’s been an ongoing process but now that the deal is done both parties can move on. We’ve got Tyler to a place where he wanted to go to and we’re happy with that. And now it’s time to move on,” said Dempsey.