JDA Kings add depth at trade deadline – Logan Clow – DHT
Kyle Chapple wanted to add experience to the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings line-up and on Saturday’s trade deadline day, he did just that.
Chapple, the head coach and general manager of the JDA Kings, announced Sunday that team has added two forwards – Swan City product Hammond Jones, as well as former player Adam Hodge, who hails from Whitecourt.
Jones played in British Columbia last season and had one goal and three assists in 24 games with three different teams. Meanwhile, Hodge played for the Nelson Leafs last season and had seven goals and five assists in 15 games.
“(We added) Hammond to add to the depth up front. He’s going to be a physical player that’s more of a penalty kill, defensive side of the puck type guy. In just trying to improve that area of our team, I think he can come in and help us,” said Chapple.
“(Hodge) is just a guy that we wanted to bring in that has a whole lot of experience. He’s played three years of junior B and he’s been to provincials three times and won provincials once.”
The Kings are riding a two-game win streak after a 6-2 victory in Dawson Creek on Friday. Despite Saturday’s home game against Fort St. John being cancelled, the Kings are 18-3-0-1 and are tied for first in the North West Junior Hockey League with the North Peace Navigators.
With eight games remaining in the Kings’ season, Chapple said the addition of Jones and Hodge adds depth to the team’s offence.
“We wanted to add a couple of guys who had experience playing at the junior level and both of those players do and (we) wanted to add a little size to our line-up. These guys are bigger guys who can play that physical game and I think that was something that we were lacking a little bit that will be much better with (Jones and Hodge),” said Chapple.
“We didn’t feel we needed to make any huge changes (on Saturday). We’re pretty happy with the way the team is looking.”
He said that with the two new additions, there will be more competition for ice time amongst the players.
“We’ve got a strong team and on any given night, you could be in or out (of the line-up) depending on how you’re playing. It’s going to be a competition within the team and we’re going to be playing the guys that are working the hardest and deserve to play,” added Chapple.
He said though it’s unclear whether or not Jones and Hodge will be in the team’s line-up on Friday when they travel to Fort St. John, he said his focus now moving forward is ensuring the team continues to play consistent.
The Kings return to the Crosslink County Sportsplex on Jan. 22 to host the Sexsmith Vipers.
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