Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spruce Kings Forward Commits to UAA, Vees Pick Up Rights to WHL Veteran:







Prince George Spruce Kings F Jeremiah Luedtke (94) has secured a place to play once his junior hockey career ends as the Lynnwood, Washington product committed to the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

Luedtke, who tried out for the USHL's Bloomington Thunder before returning to Prince George this past summer, is eighth in BCHL scoring this season with 22 points (6-16-22) in 17 games.

He's the fifth player on the Spruce Kings roster with a college commitment. Check out PG's release on Luedtke's commitment here.







With the official confirmation of yesterday's trade between by Penticton and Vernon, there's a piece that the Vipers didn't announce.

The BCHL posted the details of the trade, which sees the Vees pick up the Canadian Junior Hockey League rights to F Dakota Conroy (94) and future considerations for F Liam Finlay (97). Conroy is a veteran of 214 Western Hockey League games, posting 63 goals and 74 assists with Brandon, Victoria and Prince Albert.

It remains to be seen if Conroy ends up joining Penticton, but he is under suspension right now by the Raiders after leaving the team a couple of weeks ago to return home to Edmonton.

Prince Albert's release on Conroy leaving the team is here. The Vees do currently have just 21 players on their roster, so they could add Conroy without making another move.







F Travis Ouellette (Penticton, 2008-09) has joined his second ECHL team this season. Ouellette was released by the Allen Americans last week and has landed with the Indy Fuel after signing as a free agent.

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F Curtis McKenzie (Penticton, 2007-09) was sent down to the Texas Stars of the AHL by the Dallas Stars today. McKenzie appeared in two games with Dallas since being called up two weeks ago. The Stars release on McKenzie's reassignment is here.

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D Brandon Manning (Prince George, 2007-08) has been recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers. The Prince George product has a goal and four assists in six games with the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Their release on Manning's call-up is here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Merritt Blueliner Suspended, Vipers Swing a Pair of Deals, Spruce Kings and Kings Swap Vets:







The Merritt Centennials are without the services of D Jake Clifford (94) for six games after he was handed a suspension by the BCHL for an illegal blow to the head.

Clifford took the penalty late in the third period of Saturday's 5-1 win over Powell River. The Brecksville, Ohio product sat out Tuesday's 6-2 win over Chilliwack and is eligible to return to the Cents lineup on Tuesday, November 11 in Trail against the Smoke Eaters.







The Vernon Vipers made two adjustments to their roster on Tuesday. First, they sent D Ryley Booth (96) to Salmon Arm. Booth, who's from nearby Armstrong, has four points (1-3-4) in ten games with the Snakes this season.

Second, Vipers GM and Head Coach Mark Ferner picked up F Liam Finlay (97) from the Penticton Vees for future considerations. Finlay is already committed to the University of Denver for the 2016-17 season. He has five points (1-4-5) in ten games with the Vees in 2014-15 thus far.

Finlay has a ton of offensive potential, as he averaged nearly 1.5 points-per-game through two seasons with the Okanagan Rockets in the BC Major Midget League. The 17-year-old from Kelowna had 101 points (27-74-101) in just 68 career BCMML games.

The Vipers release on the Booth trade is available here and on the Finlay acquisition here.

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The BCHL's two "regal" teams hooked up on a trade Tuesday as the Powell River Kings and Prince George Spruce Kings swapped veteran players.

The deal sees Powell River receive F Brent Lashuk (94) from the Spruce Kings while Prince George gets F Jarryd Leung (94) from the Kings.

Leung posted ten points (5-5-10) in 14 games with PR this season and Lashuk had the same for PG. However, Leung brings 31 games of playoff experience to the Spruce Kings, which is likely a big reason for Prince George making the move. It's a deal that I like for both squads.

The Kings' perspective on the trade is right here.







F Andrew Ebbett (Salmon Arm, 2001-02) was reassigned to the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday last week.

Ebbett was recalled from the Baby Pens a week ago, but didn't get into any games with Pittsburgh. The Vernon native, who was the BCHL Interior Conference Rookie of the Year in 2002, has four points (1-3-4) in four games with WBS this season.

The Penguins release on Ebbett being sent down is here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Kerfoot and Mackie Commit to NCAA Schools, CJHL Top 20 Released, Express Deal Veteran:







Coquitlam Express F Colton Kerfoot (96) is off to the same school his brother, Alex, attends. Kerfoot committed to Harvard University starting in September 2016.

Alex Kerfoot, who's also a former Express, is in his second season at Harvard after posting 14 points (8-6-14) in 25 games as a freshman in 2013-14. 

Colton has seven points (4-3-7) in 15 games with Coquitlam this season. He had 86 points (38-48-86) in just 40 games with the Vancouver NW Giants of the BC Major Midget League last season. Express play-by-play man Eddie Gregory has more on his blog here.

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Victoria Grizzlies F Jay Mackie (95) committed to Holy Cross for next fall. Mackie is third in Grizzlies scoring this season with 13 points (5-8-13) in 14 games.

The 19-year-old from Kingston, Ontario, notched 28 points (9-19-28) in 57 games as a rookie in Victoria last season.

More on Mackie's commitment to the College of the Holy Cross is available from Jeff Cox on the SB Nation College Hockey Blog here.

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The BCHL released its player of the week late Monday night, bestowing the honour on West Kelowna Warriors F Jonathan Desbiens. The 18-year-old had five points in three games for the Warriors. The BCHL's release is here.

As for the rationale behind putting out a media release on a Monday night at 9:30, I'll leave that to Penticton play-by-play announcer Fraser Rodgers, who posted the following on Twitter and actually got a retweet from the league!

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The BCHL has suspended Surrey Eagles D Nicholas Beck (95) for what appears to be two games for abuse of an official.

I haven't seen video of what happened, but on the box score for the Eagles 8-2 loss to Nanaimo on Sunday, Beck was assessed a game misconduct, which one can only deduce was the penalty that triggered the suspension.

Under the league's discipline on the BCHL website, it states the following: 

Surrey Eagles Nicholas Beck is suspended 1 game for receiving a game misconduct abuse of an official

Surrey Eagles Nicholas Beck is suspended 1 game for abuse of an official

Not sure if it's just a double post, or if Beck is actually out for two games.

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The Canadian Junior Hockey League released its weekly Top 20 rankings on Monday morning and three BCHL teams are represented.

The Penticton Vees are the top ranked BCHL team in third (up one spot from last week). Nanaimo is up three spots from 17 to 14 since last week while Chilliwack drops from 11th to 16th. Check out the release from the CJHL on the Top 20 Rankings here.

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There's a new blog on the BCHL scene as Victoria Grizzlies broadcasters Tyler Bennett and Clay Cochrane have jumped into the fray. Check out the blog right here.







The Coquitlam Express continues to tinker with its roster as it looks to gain ground in the Mainland Division. Express GM and Head Coach Barry Wolff sent veteran D Austen Bietenbeck (95) to the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Bietenbeck, who's from Langley, has one assist in 11 games this season with Coquitlam. Overall, he's tallied four assists in 67 career BCHL games.

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The Surrey Eagles made more changes with their roster, this time signing former West Kelowna Warriors F Cole Plotnikoff (97) as a free agent.

Plotnikoff spent five games this season with the Warriors before being released earlier this month. He had one goal with West Kelowna. The Valley West Hawks alum joined Surrey just before its three game set this past weekend and has one goal thus far with the Eagles.

Plotnikoff's career stats are available here.







The Anaheim Ducks recalled D Josh Manson (Salmon Arm, 2009-11) from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League on Monday.

Manson has one assist through seven games with Norfolk this season. He's never played in an NHL game. Anaheim's release on Manson's call-up is here.

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The AHL's St. John's IceCaps inked F Brodie Reid (Surrey, Burnaby, Penticton, 2005-09) to a try-out. The 25-year-old was loaned to the injury-depleted IceCaps by the Elmira Jackals of the East Coast Hockey League, where Reid has four points (1-3-4) in seven games in 2014-15. 

He spent the last three seasons with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.







The BC Intercollegiate Hockey League announced its player of the week on Monday and University of Victoria F Adam Klein received the honours.

The former Port Moody Black Panthers forward had two goals and two assists in the Vikes 8-3 romp over SFU on Friday and also had a goal in UVIC's 6-5 loss to Trinity Western University on Saturday. He now has 11 points (7-4-11) in six games.

The BCIHL's release on the Player of the Week is here.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Vees Rookies Off to World U17 Challenge, BCHL Releases Suspension Details, Rivermen Make Another Deal:







The Penticton Vees, who are unbeaten in ten, are now without the services of  F Tyson Jost (98) and D Dante Fabbro (98) for the next seven games. Both players are representing Team Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario.

Fabbro is a member of Team Canada Red while Jost is a member of Team Canada White. The super rookies are two of only three junior A players selected to play for Canada at the tournament.

The latest the two could return to the Vees lineup is Friday, November 14th in Vernon against the Vipers.
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The BCHL has made official the details of the suspensions stemming from the October 18th shenanigans between Vernon and West Kelowna. Both sides appealed a number of the suspensions and the league clarified the results of the appeals today.

Vernon:
  • D Ryley Booth - Two games for participating in a fight at the end of a period
  • D Brandon Egli - Two games for participating in a multiple-fight situation and two games for participating in a fight at the end of a period
  • F Riley Brandt -  Two games for third man in a fight, two games for participating in a multiple-fight situation, and two games for participating in a fight at the end of a period
  • G Danny Todosychuk - Two games for participating in a multiple-fight situation, two games for fighting at the end of a period, and two games for goaltender involved in a fight. 
  • GM and Head Coach Mark Ferner - One game for his club participating in three fights during the same stoppage. 

West Kelowna: 
  • F Kyle Marino - Two games for participating in a fight at the end of a period
  • F Brett Mennear - Two games for participating in a multiple-fight situation and two games for participating in a fight at the end of a period
  • F Kade Kehoe - Two games for participating in a multiple-fight situation and two games for participating in a fight at the end of a period
  • GM and Head Coach Rylan Ferster -  One game for his club participating in three fights during the same stoppage.







Langley continues to reshape its roster as the Rivermen traded F Will Cook (94) to the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for future considerations. 

Cook had five points (3-2-5) in 10 games with the Rivermen this season after putting up 40 points (12-28-40) in 2013-14. 

The trade is a move closer to home for the 20-year-old, as Wellington is four hours from his listed hometown of Port Stanley, Ontario.
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The Surrey Eagles have added another WHL prospect to their roster. The Eagles signed F Spencer Meyer (96) after he was released by the Spokane Chiefs two weeks ago.

Meyer, who's from Surrey, has no points and 37 penalty minutes in 32 career Western Hockey League games with Prince Albert, Lethbridge, and Spokane. He has one goal through two games with the Eagles thus far this season.