Buono heading to Alaska Anchorage

Former Powell River Kings defenceman Carmine Buono has committed to play for the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves for the upcoming season.

Buono played 121 regular-season games over three seasons in the BCHL, racking up 71 points over that stretch. The 21-year-old also played in 40 playoff games over his career, including scoring 12 points in 16 games in Powell River’s run to the third round last season. He also had the chance to play alongside his younger brother Christian, who suited up for four games for the Kings last year.

After his rookie season in the BCHL , the Burnaby native played the 2015-16 season at the University of Massachusetts and then returned to Powell River midway through the following year.

Buono joins an Alaska Anchorage team that finished 10th in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) last year.

Last year’s Seawolves team featured a large number of BCHL talent, including goaltenders Brody Claeys and Olivier Mantha, defencemen Tanner Johnson, Jarrett Brown and Cameron Trott and forwards Austin Azurdia, Matt Anholt, Corey Renwick, Jeremiah Luedtke, Zac Masson, Cam Amantea and Jonah and Nathan Renouf.