Thursday, January 11, 2018

In Memory: Duncan Wray

(Image: Vernon Vipers)
When news broke on Thursday about the passing of Vernon Vipers owner and BCHL Chairman of the Board Duncan Wray, tributes began to flood in from around the league from players and coaches to fellow owners and people around the hockey world.

I didn't know Duncan really well, but I had interacted with him enough times to know what type of person he was. Although I was with the Centennials and Merritt radio station at the time, Duncan was always respectful and friendly. He exuded a passion for junior A hockey that very few have and his impact on the BCHL will reverberate for many years.

“We were shocked and saddened to receive word today about Duncan,” said BCHL commissioner John Grisdale in a release from the league. “He was the lifeblood of the Vipers franchise for a very long time and he leaves a huge void in our league and in our hearts.”

"We had the same type of attitude and mentality towards the game," West Kelowna Warriors owner Mark Cheyne told Castanet News. "Our goals were very similar, that's why we became pretty good friends away from the game."

Salmon Arm Silverbacks President Troy Mick shared his thoughts on Wray with Roger Knox of the Salmon Arm Observer. “This is the saddest day of my life. Part of my heart feels ripped out. I haven’t stopped crying since this morning. He was an unbelievable owner. He never had a hidden agenda. He wanted the kids to play hockey and get an education. That’s all he wanted. He wasn’t in it for the money and for a guy who never played the game, he had so much love for it.”


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Merritt Centennials - Eligible Returnees and Graduating Players:

The Cents will have last year's leading scorer Zach Risteau back in 2017-18.
The 19-year-old from Lakeville, Minnesota had 26-24-50 in 53 games with the Centennials as a rookie in 2016-17.
Photo credit: Ian Webster/Merritt Herald

Graduating Players
Zach Court (University of Nebraska-Omaha)
Cade Gleekel (St. Lawrence University)
Brett Jewell (Yale University)
Michael Regush (Cornell University)
Mike Faulkner (Hobart College)
Aaron Murray (Concordia University Wisconsin)
Stephan Seeger (aged out)
Nick Fidanza (aged out)

Eligible Returnees
(* indicates an open spot - assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 8 defencemen)

Forwards
Chase Bell (97)
Henry Cleghorn (97)
Zach Zorn (97)
Zach Risteau (98)
Nicholas Wicks (98)
Tyler Ward (99)
Rylan Van Unen (99)
*
*
*
*
*
*

Defensemen
Tyrell Buckley (97)
Zach Bleuler (97)
Zach Metsa (98)
Ethan King (99)
Michael Van Unen (99)
*
*
*

Goaltenders
Jacob Berger (97)
Colten Lancaster (98)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Langley Rivermen - Eligible Returnees and Graduating Players:

20-year-old Ryan Barrow of Banff led Langley in scoring in 2016-17 with 68 points in 51 games.
He's off to the University of Denver in September 2017.
Photo credit: Garrett James (http://garrettjamesphoto.photoshelter.com/index)
Graduating Players
Ryan Barrow (University of Denver)
Frank Boie (College of the Holy Cross)
Andrew Dumaresque (College of the Holy Cross)
Bo Didur (Penn State University)
Cameron Ginnetti (Clarkson University)
Max Kaufman (University of Vermont)
Gavin Payne (Rochester Polytechnic University)
Reid Yochim (Princeton University)
Zac Masson (aged out)
Cooper Leitch (aged out)

Eligible Returnees
(* indicates an open spot - assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 8 defencemen)

Forwards
Satchel Clendenin (97)
Eric Butte (97)
Nicholas Ponak (97)
Baylee Wright (98)
Angus Crookshank (99)
Sean Gulka (00)
Brendan Budy (00)
*
*
*
*
*
*

Defencemen
McKay Flanagan (97)
John Schuldt (97)
Spencer Berry (98)
Jake Livingstone (99)
*
*
*
*

Goaltenders
Braedon Fleming (99)
*

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Cowichan Capitals - Eligible Returnees and Graduating Players:

Cowichan alternate captain Max Newton is a veteran of 153 BCHL games. 
The Grand Forks Border Bruins alumni led the Caps with 59 points in 58 games. 
Photo credit: Garrett James (http://garrettjamesphoto.photoshelter.com/index)
Graduating Players
Mitch Skapski (aged out)
Ayden MacDonald (aged out)
Ben Verrall (aged out)
Josh Owings (aged out)
Lane Michasiw (aged out)
Chris Harpur (Niagara University)

Eligible Returnees
(* indicates an open spot - assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 8 defencemen)

Only counting eligible returnees, the Capitals are currently one over the limit of six 1997-born players for 2017-18.

Forwards
Rhett Kingston (97)
Max Newton (97)
Michael Montambault (97)
George Sennott (97)
Haydn Hopkins (97)
Jared Domin (97)
Ty Pochipinski (98)
Justin Perron (98)
John Sladic (98)
Nicholas Wilson (99)
Alex Zawatsky (99)
*
*

Defencemen
Simon Chen (97)
Nii Noi Tetteh (98)
Marshall Skapski (98)
Sean Driscoll (98)
Ben Grist (99)
*
*
*

Goaltenders
Adam Marcoux (98)
*