Knights ink towering King

The KIJHL's North Okanagan Knights have signed 6-foot-5 defenceman Ethan King of Vernon

North Okanagan Knights Staff

After a long but thorough recruiting process, Vernon Minor Hockey product Ethan King has been offered an opportunity to join the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s North Okanagan Knights squad for the 2015-2016 season.

New Knights head coach Bryant Perrier was thoroughly impressed by King’s attitude and work ethic.

“Ethan is a big, strong defenceman with an excellent shot,” said Perrier. “He has a good set of hands and his feet are improving everyday as he continues to work with his skating coach throughout the summer.

“He has a high-level work ethic and comes very highly recommended from some very good hockey people.”

Those people include coaches and managers in the KIJHL as well as King’s former coaches.

Perrier says King is a highly intelligent player with a desire to get better.

“That is what we want coming in here. We want guys of high integrity,” said Perrier, who described King as “very coachable, easy to work with, tough as nails and hard to play against.”

Perrier expects the 6-foot-5 King will play an important role and fit into the top-six defence corps immediately.

“We believe Ethan can play a significant role immediately,” said Perrier. “With a good reach, poise and savvy who is tough to play against, we believe Ethan has a ton of upside.”