Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I'm On Hiatus!


With the birth of my third son yesterday, I'm taking some days away from the blog to give more focus to family and work life. I'll get back to posting here as soon as possible.

I am trying to stay active on Twitter though, so feel free to follow me here.

Thanks as always for your readership!

- Brian

Friday, February 13, 2015

BCHL Announces Playoff Schedule, Allows Teams to Pick Best-of-Seven Format:






The BCHL announced on Friday that it would keep the same playoff format as last season, something the league previously announced last June. The playoffs start on Tuesday, March 3 with each of the Division Semifinals.The league has stated that the Division Semifinals will be completed no later than March 11. The Division Finals start March 13 and wrap up no later than March 22. The three-team double round robin in Round Three starts March 25 and is done no later than April 5. The BCHL Championship Fred Page Cup Finals are scheduled between April 10 and April 19.

What's really interesting about the league's announcement today is that it is allowing the opposing teams in each best-of-seven series to determine the format. It adds a twist to the playoffs in that it'll be interesting to see which formats (2-2-1-1-1, 2-3-2, 2-3-1-1, 1-1-1-1-1-1-1) the teams agree on. No doubt travel will enter into the equation.

The top four teams from each division make the post-season, meaning four of the BCHL's 16 teams don't get in. As of Friday, Surrey, Cowichan, and Trail are eliminated while Penticton, Vernon, Chilliwack, Langley, Prince George, Coquitlam, Powell River, Alberni Valley, Victoria and Nanaimo have locked up playoff spots.

Friday Results
Victoria def. Alberni Valley 8-4
Coquitlam def. Langley 5-3
Cowichan def. Prince George 3-0
Penticton def. Nanaimo 4-2
Vernon def. Salmon Arm 2-1
Trail def. West Kelowna 8-7 OT
Merritt def. Powell River 4-2
Chilliwack def. Surrey 8-1

Saturday Games
Nanaimo at Vernon
Prince George at Victoria
Surrey at Chilliwack
Merritt at Alberni Valley
Langley at Coquitlam
Penticton at Trail

If the regular season ended Friday, these would be the Division Semifinal match-ups:

INTERIOR DIVISION
(1) Penticton vs. (4) Merritt
(2) Vernon vs. (3) Salmon Arm

STANDINGS
Penticton - 83 points, six games remaining
Vernon - 70 points, five games remaining
Merritt - 58 points, seven games remaining
Salmon Arm - 58 points, five games remaining
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West Kelowna - 56 points, five games remaining
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ISLAND DIVISION
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Alberni Valley
(2) Powell River vs. (3) Victoria

STANDINGS
Nanaimo - 75 points, six games remaining
Powell River - 62 points, five games remaining
Victoria - 57 points, six games remaining
Alberni Valley - 55 points, seven games remaining
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MAINLAND DIVISION
(1) Chilliwack vs. (4) Coquitlam
(2) Langley vs. (3) Prince George

STANDINGS
Chilliwack - 66 points, seven games remaining
Langley - 59 points, six games remaining
Prince George - 57 points, six games remaining
Coquitlam - 49 points, five games remaining







Forward Ben Maxwell (Surrey AP, 2003-04) will join Kärpät of the Finnish Elite League for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. Maxwell played 46 games for Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk of the KHL this season, posting 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists). He's played 47 career NHL games with Montreal, Atlanta, Winnipeg, and Anaheim.
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Defenseman Kyle Cumiskey (Penticton, 2002-04) is back in the NHL after being called up to Chicago from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. Cumiskey, who won a Memorial Cup with the Kelowna Rockets in 2004, had 11 points (one goal, ten assists) in 38 games with Rockford in 2014-15. He's a veteran of 132 NHL games with Colorado.
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Forward Harry Zolnierczyk (Alberni Valley, 2005-07) was sent back to the AHL by the New York Islanders as he'll rejoin the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Zolnierczyk played two games with the Isles since being recalled earlier this week, recording no points. The 2011 NCAA Ivy-League Player of the Year has 35 points (13 goals, 22 assists) in 47 games with Bridgeport this season.
 






Selkirk College has secured its second commitment for next season as Osoyoos Coyotes forward Troy Maclise will play for the Saints in 2015-16. The 20-year-old Lacombe, AB product has played 46 games with Osoyoos this season, scoring 60 points (26 goals, 34 assists). 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Vernon Clinches Playoff Spot, CJHL Boasts More Than 2000 Alumni in College Hockey, BCHL Alumni Update:



 



Wednesday Results
Vernon def. Penticton 2-1
Salmon Arm def. Trail 6-5 OT

Thursday Games
Prince George at Langley

Once again this season, the BCHL will go with a playoff format that sees best-of-seven playoff series in Rounds One (Division Semifinals) and Two (Division Finals), a three-team round robin in Round Three designed to eliminate one team, and then a best-of-seven Fred Page Cup final between the two remaining teams.

The top four teams from each division make the post-season, meaning four of the BCHL's 16 teams don't get in. As of Wednesday, Surrey, Cowichan, and Trail are eliminated while Penticton, Vernon, Chilliwack, Langley, Prince George, Coquitlam, Powell River, Alberni Valley, Victoria and Nanaimo have locked up playoff spots. If the regular season ended Wednesday, these would be the Division Semifinal match-ups:

INTERIOR DIVISION
(1) Penticton vs. (4) Merritt
(2) Vernon vs. (3) Salmon Arm

STANDINGS
Penticton - 81 points, seven games remaining
Vernon - 68 points, six games remaining
Salmon Arm - 58 points, six games remaining
Merritt - 56 points, eight games remaining
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West Kelowna - 55 points, six games remaining
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ISLAND DIVISION
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Victoria
(2) Powell River vs. (3) Alberni Valley

STANDINGS
Nanaimo - 75 points, six games remaining
Powell River - 62 points, five games remaining
Alberni Valley - 55 points, eight games remaining
Victoria - 55 points, seven games remaining
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MAINLAND DIVISION
(1) Chilliwack vs. (4) Coquitlam
(2) Langley vs. (3) Prince George

STANDINGS
Chilliwack - 64 points, eight games remaining
Langley - 59 points, eight games remaining
Prince George - 55 points, eight games remaining
Coquitlam - 47 points, six games remaining
  




 

The Canadian Junior Hockey League put out a release Wednesday, stating that more than 2030 alumni of the national junior A league are playing college or university hockey this season. The numbers state that 594 players (or 37 percent) in NCAA Division I hockey are CJHL alumni, 595 players (or 29 percent) in NCAA Division III are CJHL alumni, and 849 players (or 67 percent) in Canadian universities and colleges (CIS, ACAC, BCIHL) are CJHL alumni.







Forward Alex Nikiforuk (Vernon AP, Burnaby, Salmon Arm) has been loaned by the GC Küsnacht Lions to the Martigny Red Ice for the remainder of the season and playoffs. Both teams play in Switzerland's National League B. Nikiforuk, who's from North Vancouver, BC, had 31 points (nine goals, 22 assists) in 38 games this season with the Lions. He led the BCHL in scoring with the SilverBacks in 2002-03, notching 106 points (49 goals, 57 assists) in 57 games.
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Forward Curtis McKenzie (Penticton, 2007-09) is back with the Dallas Stars after being recalled from the AHL's Texas Stars on Wednesday. McKenzie has played 14 games for Dallas this season, posting one goal. The 2013-14 AHL rookie of the year has 16 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 25 games for Texas this season.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Alberni Valley and Victoria Clinch Fred Page Cup Playoff Spots, BCHL Alumni Update:



 


Tuesday Results
Alberni Valley def. Cowichan 5-3

Wednesday Games
Vernon at Penticton
Salmon Arm at Trail
Once again this season, the BCHL will go with a playoff format that sees best-of-seven playoff series in Rounds One (Division Semifinals) and Two (Division Finals), a three-team round robin in Round Three designed to eliminate one team, and then a best-of-seven Fred Page Cup final between the two remaining teams.

The top four teams from each division make the post-season, meaning that only four of the BCHL's 16 teams don't get in. As of Tuesday, Surrey, Cowichan, and Trail are eliminated while Penticton, Chilliwack, Langley, Prince George, Coquitlam, Powell River, Alberni Valley, Victoria and Nanaimo have locked up playoff spots. If the regular season ended Tuesday, these would be the Division Semifinal match-ups:

INTERIOR DIVISION
(1) Penticton vs. (4) Salmon Arm
(2) Vernon vs. (3) Merritt

STANDINGS
Penticton - 81 points, seven games remaining
Vernon - 66 points, seven games remaining
Merritt - 56 points, eight games remaining
Salmon Arm - 56 points, seven games remaining
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West Kelowna - 55 points, six games remaining
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ISLAND DIVISION
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Victoria
(2) Powell River vs. (3) Alberni Valley

STANDINGS
Nanaimo - 75 points, six games remaining
Powell River - 62 points, five games remaining
Alberni Valley - 55 points, eight games remaining
Victoria - 55 points, seven games remaining
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MAINLAND DIVISION
(1) Chilliwack vs. (4) Coquitlam
(2) Langley vs. (3) Prince George

STANDINGS
Chilliwack - 64 points, eight games remaining
Langley - 59 points, eight games remaining
Prince George - 55 points, eight games remaining
Coquitlam - 47 points, six games remaining







Goaltender Chris Rawlings (Salmon Arm, Powell River, Cowichan, 2005-09) was traded in the ECHL from the Elmira Jackals to the Idaho Steelheads on Tuesday. The North Delta, BC, native played one game with Elmira and allowed four goals on 17 shots in a game on February 4 vs. Florida. As a result, his numbers for the season aren't flattering - an 8.88 goals-against-average along with a .765 save percentage. Rawlings was signed by Evansville in August, but was released in October and didn't see any action this season until the game against the Everblades.
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Defenseman Zach Josepher (Penticton, 2007-09) has been loaned by the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the Southern Professional Hockey League to the ECHL's Elmira Jackals. Josepher, who won a Fred Page Cup with the 2008 Vees, played eight games with Missouri in the ECHL this season and recorded two assists after being acquired from the Wichita Thunder. Josepher didn't play any games with Wichita, but did skate in two games with Pensacola, registering no points.
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Forward Ken Magowan (Vernon, 1998-2000) left Lowen Frankfurt of the DEL2 to sign with Vienna of the Austrian Hockey League. Magowan had 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 17 games this season with Lowen, which plays in the second level of pro hockey in Germany. He spent last season with Adler Mannheim of the German Ice Hockey League.