Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BC Intercollegiate Hockey League Releases 2014-15 Regular Season Schedule:

Following the withdrawl of Thompson Rivers University, the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League had to go back to square one with its 2014-15 schedule.

The revised schedule is now complete and the BCIHL's five teams will each play 24 games (12 home, 12 away) starting on Friday, September 26 and wrapping up on Saturday, February 28.

The full regular season schedule is available here: http://www.bcihl.ca/leagues/schedules.cfm?clientID=3692&leagueID=11139

Schedule highlights include the first rematch of the 2014 BCIHL championship series when Trinity Western University hosts Selkirk College on Saturday, October 11. The Saints, who are back-to-back defending BCIHL champions, face TWU five times during the 2014-15 regular season.

Simon Fraser University faces Selkirk College for the first time on Friday, October 10 at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre, reigniting arguably the BCIHL's most fierce rivalry. The Clan visit Castlegar for two games on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8. It's the last meeting between the two teams for nearly three months as SFU and Selkirk don't meet again until Friday, February 6.

Kootenay region rivals Selkirk College and Eastern Washington play the first of their ten games on Friday, October 3.

Opening weekend games on Friday, September 26 and Saturday, September 27 include the University of Victoria hosting Trinity Western University for two games while Simon Fraser University plays a twin bill at Eastern Washington University.

The 2014-15 regular season concludes on the final weekend of February with all five teams in action, including UVIC on the Mainland for games against TWU and SFU while Selkirk makes one last trip to Cheney to face EWU.

All 120 regular season BCIHL games are available to watch at http://bcihl.fasthockey.com/

Sunday, August 17, 2014

SUNY-Canton Forward Vance Bridgman Commits to SFU for 2014-15:


The Simon Fraser University Men’s Hockey team is pleased to announce its eighth student athlete commitment for the 2014-15 season. Joining SFU is forward Vance Bridgman of North Pole, Alaska. The 22-year-old is coming off two seasons of NCAA Div. III hockey with the State University of New York at Canton.

“Vance will be a versatile player for us as he can play forward and defense,” said SFU Head Coach Mark Coletta. “He put up some pretty good point totals during his last year of junior hockey and then was moved to defense when he got to university.”

Bridgman, who is listed at 6’1” and 195-pounds, had two goals and four assists in 18 games with SUNY-Canton in 2013-14. He was a two-sport athlete at North Pole High School in Alaska, competing in hockey and baseball.

“I'm excited to come to SFU because of the challenge in the classroom and on the ice. Joining a program that has proven to be a winner is also something I'm really looking forward to being apart of,” said Bridgman.

Bridgman started his junior hockey career in 2010-11 with the Southern Oregon Spartans of the Tier III Northern Pacific Hockey League, contributing 50 goals and 43 assists. He lead the league in goals and was named a NORPAC First Team All-Star. Bridgman also added eight goals and three assists in seven playoff games with the Spartans. He joined the Idaho Junior Steelheads of the Western States Hockey League for 2011-12 and posted 18 goals along with 29 assists in 42 games. He had three goals and eight assists in nine playoff games with the Steelheads as they won the WSHL Championship. In August 2012, he committed to attend SUNY-Canton and played 14 games as a freshman in 2012-13, totaling two goals and three assists.

“As for where Vance fits in our lineup, we’ll have to see how training camp plays out, but I see him giving us some added size and offense up front,” continued Coletta.

Bridgman is the first player with NCAA experience to commit to SFU for the upcoming season, but he joins Jared Eng, Nick Sandor, and Aaron Enns on the Clan roster as players who have played US college hockey.

“I'm not a very flashy player, but I like to be in front of the net and get in the goalie's vision to get to job done. I'm also responsible in the defensive zone and love killing penalties,” he explains. “In my first year at SFU, I'd like to help continue the program's winning tradition. I plan on finding out where I fit in as soon as possible and doing whatever I can to help the team be successful.”

Bridgman joins goaltenders Jordan Liem and Dominic Stadnyk, defensemen Mathew Berry-Lamontagna and Robby Jang, and forwards Adam Callegari, Tyler Basham and Matthew Luongo as eight recruits thus far in what is expected to be a very strong recruiting class for the 2014-15 season for SFU.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Plans to Resurrect TRU Hockey Program for 2014-15 Halted:

Despite best efforts from Trevor Bast, there won't be hockey at Thompson Rivers University this season. That said, the door is definitely open for the program to be relaunched in future seasons.

Bast, whose son Des was announced as the last recruit by the WolfPack back in July, was spearheading the efforts to save the program. 

He sent this email to the team's recruits and returning players earlier this week:

Hello Gentlemen. I have just spoken to the league commissioner and they can no longer wait to release the schedule. I wanted to let all of you know before TRU puts out an official release.

I'm sorry our rescue effort fell short and I appreciate everyone being on board. Don't feel like you didn't make a difference because you did. There was not much of a chance of it coming back next season the way things ended. Now we are having active and continuing conversations with TRU, the BCIHL and sponsors about icing a team next year.

I can't express how much I regret you guys not playing next season. I know what the game and the camaraderie means to you. For those of you aren't going to school because of this I feel even worse.

I will keep people notified of our progress moving forward.
TRU Athletics also posted this update on its website:

Plans to resurrect the hockey program at Thompson Rivers University have been put on hold.

Thompson Rivers University Athletic and Recreation Director Ken Olynyk said that a group which started a campaign to keep the program alive has fallen short. The group, which included a few parents of players and recruits, had communicated with university officials for the past weeks on the issue.

“I am not saying that the hockey program won’t come back in some form in the future,” said Olynyk. “But as it stands right now, any efforts to put a team on the ice for the 2014-15 BC Intercollegiate Hockey League season have ceased.”

The group plans to continue to speak with the Director, Athletics and Recreation as well as university officials over the coming months in an effort to reestablish the hockey program at Thompson Rivers University sometime in the future.

Penticton Vees Add Two-Time RBC Cup Participant Demico Hannoun from Surrey:

The Penticton Vees swung one of the biggest trades of the summer in acquiring 18-year-old forward Demico Hannoun from the Surrey Eagles.

Hannoun, who played for Vernon in 2013-14, was moved by the Vipers to Surrey in June as part of the future considerations from the January trade which saw forward Brett Mulcahy join the Snakes.

The North Delta native is entering his fourth BCHL season and is a veteran of 59 playoff and tournament games. He played ten games over the last two seasons at the RBC Cup, five games at the 2013 Western Canada Cup, and 44 BCHL Fred Page Cup playoff games, posting totals of 15 goals and 26 points. Hannoun won the Fred Page Cup with Surrey in 2013 and was also a member of Canada West's bronze medal winning team last season.

Hannoun, who is a graduate of the BC Major Midget League's Greater Vancouver Canadians, was committed to attend Michigan Tech University this fall, is now slated to head to college in September 2015.

Going to Surrey in exchange for Hannoun are the Canadian Junior Hockey League rights to 19-year-old defenseman Alex Coulombe and future considerations. The BCHL All-Rookie Team member and native of Granby, Quebec, is slated to play for Shawinigan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season. He is formerly a recruit of the University of Vermont.

To Penticton Vees:
F Demico Hannoun (95) To Surrey Eagles:
D Alex Coulombe (95) + Future Considerations

Here's the release from the Vees:

The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club has acquired forward Demico Hannoun (95) from the Surrey Eagles in exchange for the CJHL playing rights of defenseman Alex Coulombe (95) and future considerations the team announced Wednesday.

Vees President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson on the acquisition of Hannoun, “Demico is a player who we are very familiar with, and I look forward to working with him so can he achieve his maximum potential.”

Hannoun, who turns 19 in October, brings a wealth of experience to the Vees as he’s set to embark on his fourth BCHL season. The North Delta, BC, product has played in 182 career regular season and playoff games in the BCHL and has twice played in the RBC Cup for Surrey and Vernon. Last season with the Vipers, Hannoun was nearly a point per-game player, collecting 15 goals and 44 points in 48 regular season games. He added another 12 points in 18 playoff games as the Vipers advanced to the Fred Page Cup Final against Coquitlam. Hannoun also represented Canada on the International stage last season as he was a member of Team Canada West at the 2013 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Nova Scotia. Hannoun is committed to Michigan Tech University.

Hannoun started his BCHL career in Surrey in 2011 and won a Fred Page Cup championship with the Eagles in the spring of 2013 when they edged the Vees in six games in the league final. Hannoun and the Eagles won the inaugural Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup in Nanaimo that year and advanced all the way to the RBC Cup Semi-Final in Summerside, P.E.I.

Coulombe, from Granby, Quebec, played in 54 regular season games with the Vees last season while adding three goals and 19 points to go along with 50 penalty-minutes. Coulombe played in all 11 of the Vees playoffs games, registering one assist.