PG loses Wornig to injury and signs Anagnostopoulos, Powell River releases Raffler to junior B:

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The Prince George Spruce Kings were faced to make a move in goal with word that veteran Stefan Wornig is out for the season with muscle cramps. Wornig hasn’t played a game for PG since the beginning of November after amassing a 6-6-2 record with a 2.76 GAA, a .908 save percentage and one shutout this season.

The 19-year-old from Surrey, BC came to the Spruce Kings in the off-season after two years with Powell River. His BCHL career record is 17-28-2 with a 3.22 GAA, a .905 save percentage, and two shutouts. Wornig has been placed on long-term injury reserve by Prince George.

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To fill the void left by Wornig’s absence, the Spruce Kings have signed Aris Anagnostopoulos from the junior B Kamloops Storm. The 18-year-old was an affiliate player for PG this season, playing 9:04 in a game against Salmon Arm on November 26th. He made five saves and didn’t give up a goal. This season in the KIJHL, the Kelowna, BC product is 7-7-1 with a 2.63 GAA and a .916 save percentage along with two shutouts.

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Powell River has released defenceman Ben Raffler after acquiring Matthew Cairns via trade from Georgetown of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. 

The 18-year-old Raffler skated in 18 games with the Kings this season, putting up three assists. The Burnaby, BC product had his junior B rights traded from Comox Valley to Campbell River in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League in November, and he’ll join the Storm now after being released by Powell River.

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Forward Andrew Ebbett (Salmon Arm, 2001-02) has signed a two-year contract extension with Bern of the Swiss League. The Vernon, BC native has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 18 games with Bern this season, his second with the club. He recently tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) for Team Canada as it captured the 90th Spengler Cup. The 34-year-old is a veteran of 224 career NHL games with Anaheim, Chicago, Minnesota, Phoenix, Vancouver, and Pittsburgh.

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Goaltender Michael Garteig (Quesnel AP/Powell River/Penticton, 2008-12) is on his way back to the ECHL after being assigned to the Alaska Aces by the AHL’s Utica Comets. In four games for the Comets this season, the Prince George, BC product has a record of 0-1-1, a goals against average of 2.85, and a save percentage of .907. The 25-year-old has played eight games this season for the Aces, with a record of 7-1-0, a 2.35 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.

Former Quesnel Forward Gilbert Brule Signs With Swiss League’s ZSC Lions:

I’ll admit that I thought there would be an NHL contract for 2012-13 available to former Quesnel Millionaires forward Gilbert Brule, but it looks now like he’ll play at least one season in Europe as he’s signed with the ZSC Lions of the National League A in Switzerland.

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Here’s the translated release from the ZSC Lions website:

ZSC Lions commit Gilbert Brulé

The ZSC Lions are pleased to announce the commitment of the 25-year-old striker Gilbert Brulé known. The Canadian signed with the Lions a 1-year contract.
Gilbert Brulé played for the Phoenix Coyotes, where he graduated in January 2012 for 45 games and scoring 17 points scorers. In the first half of the season he was standing at the farm team of the Edmonton Oilers, the Oklahoma City Barons under contract. Realized there Brulé 18 points scorers in 27 games.
Overall, the 25-year-old comes to 308 NHL games for the organizations of Columbus, Edmonton and Phoenix. It scored 45 goals and scored 53 Brulé assists. In the AHL, the Canadian ran 95 times for total of Syracuse, Springfield, Illinois, and Oklahoma (57 points scorers).
2005/2006 Gilbert Brulé with the Vancouver Giants won the Western Hockey League (WHL), which he had with 68 points from 45 games relevant content.