The Nanaimo Clippers brokered a deal with the Prince George Spruce Kings trading first year forward Jaeger Murdock for veteran 2002 born forward, Austin Spiridakis.
Spiridakis is well known to the Clippers having played two season for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs before being acquired by the Spruce Kings before the 2020-2021 season. Spiridakis put up 18 goals and 12 assists in 98 games for the Bulldogs. He headed south for the 2020-2021 season due to the limits on ice hockey this season due to Provincial Health Orders.
Darren Naylor, Head Coach and GM of the Clippers noted, “I really like Austin’s compete level. He is a tenacious forechecker and hard working player who will fit in nicely with the Clipper brand.
We see Murdock as an impact in a few years, but we need more veterans for the upcoming season and are flush with young talent returning to the team this coming year”.
Wes Mussio, President and owner of the Clippers added, “I really liked Spiridakis when I watched him in Alberni. He is an experienced BCHL player that will contribute on both ends of the ice as a 19-year-old.
We decided that we need to get more experience into the line-up for the coming season because older teams in the BCHL are the more successful teams. I am sad to see Jaeger go, but we could not bring back every underager this coming year, as we had quite a few in 2020-2021 due to the unusual season we had.”
Dan Marshall, Clippers’ play-by-play broadcaster, interviews Austin here: Austin Spiridakis interview.