Saturday, December 20, 2014

Canada West Finishes Sixth at WJAC, BCIHL Enters Christmas Break:







Nanaimo Clippers forward Sheldon Rempal scored twice, but it wasn't enough as Canada West allowed three unanswered goals in a 3-2 loss to Switzerland in the fifth place game at the World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. Penticton defenseman Dante Fabbro had an assist on Rempal's first goal.

The loss means Switzerland finishes fifth while Canada West ends up with its lowest finish ever at the tournament in sixth. The previous worst showing for Canada West was fourth back in 2010. The game summary is available here.

Overall, BCHL players account for five of the top six scorers on Canada West at this year's tournament, led by Vees rookie forward Tyson Jost, who finishes with two goals and an assist in four games. Denmark faces the United States for the gold medal on Saturday.







The BC Intercollegiate Hockey League and its players are now officially into their winter break as the students get a respite from school before the term starts in early January.

The winter semester portion of the schedule fires up on Friday, January 9. Eastern Washington University rookie F Beau Walker enters 2015 leading the BCIHL in assists (15) and points (25). Trinity Western University F Cody Fidgett, who's only been held off the scoreboard three times in 12 games this season, is second with 23 points, including a league-leading 15 goals.

Dylan Hykawy from the University of Victoria leads all defensemen in goals (10) and points (15). His ten goals are also tied for third overall in the league. The 21-year-old rookie never scored more than six goals in a season during three years of junior A hockey in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. TWU blueliner Jake Harcoff is second in d-man scoring with a goal and 13 assists.

Between the pipes, TWU goaltender Silas Matthys and Selkirk College netminder James Prigione are tied for top goals-against-average (2.48). Matthys is tops in wins with eight, two more than Simon Fraser University's Andrew Parent.

Trinity Western boasts the goaltenders with the two best save percentages, with Matthys number-one at .926 and Aaron Oakley second at .915. Matthys, Parent and SFU back-up Jordan Liem each have one shutout this season. No other goaltender has one.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Canada West to Play for Fifth Place at WJAC, Connor and Kellen Jones Reassigned to ECHL:






 
BCHL players combined for three points, including two assists from Langley forward Marcus Vela, but it wasn't enough as Canada West fell 4-2 to Canada East on Wednesday at the World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchwan. Penticton's Dante Fabbro scored one of the goals in the defeat.
 
The loss means the best Canada West can finish is fifth and it'll go for it on Friday against Switzerland at 1:30 pm Pacific Time. The summary from Canada West's game vs. Canada East is here.
 
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Despite not playing for a medal at the World Junior A Challenge, Hockey Canada posted an interesting story on its website today about Penticton Vees rookies Fabbro and Tyson Jost. You can check out the article here.






 
Forwards Connor and Kellen Jones (Vernon, 2006-10) were both reassigned to the Bakersfield Condors of the East Coast Hockey League from the Oklahoma City Thunder of the American Hockey League.

Connor has 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 25 games with the Condors, while twin brother Kellen has 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) this season. Bakersfield posted about the Jones' reassignment on its website.

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The Minnesota Wild assigned defenseman Colton Jobke (Penticton, 2008-09) to the Augsberger Panthers of the German Elite League.

Jobke, who's spent all of this season with Alaska of the ECHL, has four assists in 20 games. The news was posted on the Wild's official PR Twitter account, although it incorrectly mentioned that the 22-year-old is a forward.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Canada West Posts Shootout Win at WJAC, Warriors Forward Jordan Masters Commits to ASU, Salmon Arm and Powell River Make Trade:







Penticton Vees forward Tyson Jost scored the deciding goal in the shootout as Canada West improved to 0-1-1-0 at the World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan with a 3-2 win over Russia.

BCHL players factored into all the scoring for Canada West as Jost and Demico Hannoun each assisted on Vees teammate Gabe Bast's goal in the second period. Prince George Spruce Kings defenseman Viktor Dombrovskiy assisted on Jost's first period marker.

The game summary is available right here.

The standings at the tournament are different from what you may be used to. It counts three points for a regulation win, two points for an overtime/shootout win, one point for an overtime/shootout loss and no points for a regulation loss.

Canada West finishes second in the Group B preliminary round and faces Canada East in one of Wednesday's quarterfinals. Canada East ends up last in Group A with an 0-1-0-1 record for just one point after a 3-2 loss Tuesday to the United States.

The game is first time Canada West and Canada East have ever met in the quarterfinals at the tournament. Overall, Canada West is 5-0 against its national counterpart.

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West Kelowna Warriors forward Jordan Masters has committed to Arizona State University for the 2015-16 season.

ASU just received NCAA Div. I certification last month. 

Masters, from Rochester, New York, has 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 22 games for West Kelowna this season. He played in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game during the 2011-12 season as a member of the USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks.

He also originally committed to the University of New Hampshire back in August 2011. The Warriors release on Masters' commitment to ASU is here.

 









Although there's a CJHL inter-league moratorium on player transfers until January 1st, there's no stopping BCHL teams from dealing with each other, as Salmon Arm and Powell River connected on a trade Tuesday afternoon.

The deal sees defenseman Jordan Burns (95) head to the SilverBacks for future considerations. Burns, who's committed to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for next season, has 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 22 games with the Kings this season.

The move sees Burns head closer to home, as he's from Vernon. The Salmon Arm side of things on the trade is here, while Powell River's take is here.

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With the BCHL Trade Deadline just under a month away, I'd like to re-introduce the BCHL Trade Tracker to the blog. As usual, stick tap to Gregg Drinnan and his WHL Taking Note blog for the inspiration.

On every post I make between now and January 10th, I'll summarize any moves to date. In the effort of being accurate, I'll only post trades I know are complete or are posted in the 'Transactions' section of the BCHL website. The Trade Tracker won't include instances where a team has signed a player as a free agent.

Here's a list of trades since the December 1st roster deadline:
16-Dec-14: Powell River trades D Jordan Burns (95) to Salmon Arm for future considerations

11-Dec-14: Alberni Valley trades D Jeff Rose (96) and future considerations to Drayton Valley for F Eric Therrien (94)
 
11-Dec-14: Trail trades D Sheldon Hubbard (95) to Grande Prairie for future considerations
 
02-Dec-14: Trail trades D Viktor Dombrovskiy (96) to Prince George for D Stephen Penner (95) and F Cooper Leitch (96)
 
02-Dec-14: Prince George trades D Taylor Allan (95) and future considerations to Lloydminster for D Tyler Kunz (94)
 
01-Dec-14: Vernon trades F Branden Wagner (96) to Salmon Arm for future considerations

BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
Trades Made: 6
Trades Made Within BCHL: 3
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 3
Players: 10
Future Considerations: 5







Forward Travis Ouellette (Penticton, 2008-09) was traded in the East Coast Hockey League on Tuesday, going from the Indy Fuel to the Gwinnett Gladiators for forward Bobby Hughes. The 25-year-old from Windsor, Ontario played three games with the Fuel this season, registering no points. The Gladiators release on the deal is here.

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Defenseman Jonathan Sigalet (Salmon Arm, 2002-03) left HC Slovan Bratislava in the KHL and has been released by the team. Sigalet, who's from Vancouver, notched one assist in 38 games with Bratislava this season. No word where he'll end up. Bratislava tweeted some encouraging words for Sigalet though.

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The AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers signed forward Colton Gillies (Surrey AP, 2004-05) after he played the first 25 games of the season on a professional try-out contract. He had three points (one goal, two assists) with the Sound Tigers. The nephew of Islanders great Clark Gillies skated with the Rochester Americans last season. Bridgeport's release on the signing is here.

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Hartford of the AHL has returned goaltender Jeff Malcolm (Quesnel, 2007-09) to the ECHL's Greenville Road Warriors. Malcolm played in one game for the Wolf Pack during his recall, posting a 5-3 victory vs. Worcester Friday night. So far this season in Greenville, the 25-year-old has an 11-4-0 record, a 2.13 goals-against average, a .929 save percentage and one shutout. Hartford's release is here.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

BCHL December 1st Roster Deadline:

The December 1st Hockey Canada roster deadline of the season arrives tomorrow and it's one that's seen BCHL teams be traditionally busy.

I sent an email to the league office to clarify the details on the December 1st deadline, but didn't receive a response. However, a coach within the BCHL was able to confirm how it shakes down.

Basically, BCHL teams started with 35 cards on June 1st, then on October 1st that was reduced to 30. At that point, teams which had 22 players signed, were left with only eight cards to sign any players acquired.

As of December 1st, the number is cut to 25 cards or less, which includes carded players plus available unused cards. The norm is for teams to end up with a 22 player roster and 3 cards, but occasionally teams will go with less than 22 players and then have more cards available for use leading up to the January 10th roster deadline.

For example, if a team has 28 cards remaining of the 35 they started with on June 1st, (including the 22 players on their roster) and it reduces to 25 on Monday night, it makes sense to trade now, rather than after December 1st. The idea being that the team uses cards 23 through 28 instead of losing them. This is assuming the team wants to make some changes.

Last season, there were 12 trades in the week leading up to the deadline, including three on December 1st. In 2012, eight trades were made, while in 2011, seven trades were made. In 2010, there were 16 trades and in 2009, there were also 16 deals.

So far this season, there have been three deals made in the week prior to the deadline, including two trades yesterday which saw Merritt move F Daniel Nachbaur (95) to Prince George for future considerations and the Spruce Kings send D Valik Chichkin (94) to the AJHL's Camrose Kodiaks for futures.

The other aspect of the deadline is that teams within the BCHL have until 7 pm Pacific time to make any deals with each other while they have until 6 pm Pacific time to make deals with CJHL teams outside of BC.

Here's a look at the trades last season in the week leading up to the December 1st deadline, some of which could be considered "blockbuster" deals:

- The Penticton Vees Hockey Club have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Steen Cooper(95)(F) from the Cowichan Valley Capitals Hockey Club in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Clint Filbrandt(95)(D), Mathew Berry Lamontagne(93)(D) and future considerations

- The Coquitlam Express Hockey Club have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Matthew Berry-Lamontagna(93)(D) to the Penticton Vees Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations
 
- The Cowichan Valley Capitals have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Ambrose Firkus(94)(F) from the West Kelowna Warriors in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Taki Pantziris(93)(D)
    
- The Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club has acquired the CJHL playing rights to Mitch Ball(94)(F) and Rylan Ball(95)(D) from the Cowichan Valley Capitals Hockey Club in exchange for Valik Chichkin(94)(D) and future considerations
    
- The Salmon Arm Silverbacks Hockey Club have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Michael Roberts(95)(F) from the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations
    
- The Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Bryce Knapp(94)(F) to the Cornwall Colts Hockey Club of the CCHL in exchange for future considerations

- The Nanaimo Clippers Hockey Club have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Tanner Kovacs(94)(G) from the Whitecourt Wolverines Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations

- The Victoria Grizzlies Hockey Club have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Jaden Schmeisser(93)(D) from the West Kelowna Warriors Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations
     
- The Chilliwack Chiefs Hockey Club have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Brandon Volpe(95)(F) and future considerations to the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Cody Bardock(93)(D)
    
- The Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Riley Corbin(95)(G) to the Whitecourt Wolverines of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations
     
- The Prince George Spruce Kings Hockey Club have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Michael Iovanna(94)(F) to the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations
     
- The Coquitlam Express Hockey Club have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Nicolas Beaudin(95)(F) to the Gloucester Rangers of the CCHL in exchange for future considerations