Monday, November 3, 2014

Kings Netminder Named BCHL Player of the Week, Vees Reach Number One, Caps Swing Another Big Deal, Spruce Kings & Clippers Swap Defensemen:







Powell River Kings G Brett Magnus (94) was announced as the BCHL Player of the Week today. Magnus stopped 66 of 67 shots he faced in two wins over Nanaimo. He finished the week with a 0.50 goals-against-average and a .985 save percentage.

The BCHL release is available here.

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The Penticton Vees' 13 game winning streak has propelled them to the top of the Canadian Junior Hockey League's Top 20 weekly rankings. The Vees are the only BCHL team ranked in the top 20, but West Kelowna and Chilliwack each received honourable mentions.

The CJHL release on this week's Top 20 is right here.

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Coquitlam Express F Cody Boyd (94) is off to Canisius College in Buffalo, New York next September rather than the US Military Academy. Boyd committed to Army almost exactly one year ago, but the Express announced his commitment to Canisius on its Twitter account. The Johnstown, Pennsylvania native has five points (1-4-5) in 18 games with Coquitlam this season. Boyd is the fifth member of the 2014-15 Express roster to commit to a post-secondary school.







The Cowichan Capitals roster makeover continues as the team sits with the worst record in the BCHL. On Monday, the Caps moved their leading scorer, F Brayden Gelsinger (95), to the West Kelowna Warriors for F Adam Osczevski (95) and F Kade Kehoe (96).

On the surface, it looks like what the Capitals give up in scoring and skill, they gain in leadership, character and grit. Cowichan's take on the deal is here. Nothing's been released yet from the Warriors side, but there's no doubt that West Kelowna gains another formidable offensive weapon to add to a forward group that now includes three of the BCHL's top 20 scorers.

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The Nanaimo Clippers and Prince George Spruce Kings hooked up on a Monday trade which saw the teams swap 18-year-old defensemen. The Clippers get Prince George native Jordan Low (96) from the Spruce Kings for import Ryan Fritz (96)

Fritz has three points (1-2-3) in 18 games this season with Nanaimo while Low has two points (1-1-2) in 14 games with Prince George. The main difference between the two is size. Fritz stands 6'2" and 195 lbs. and Low is 6'5" and 210 lbs.







F Brodie Reid (Surrey, Burnaby, Penticton, 2005-09) has been released from his professional tryout with the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League. Reid went pointless in one game with the IceCaps and was returned to Elmira of the East Coast Hockey League. The good news for the Delta, BC product is that he's on his way back to the AHL after being loaned to the Adirondack Flames. The IceCaps release on Reid is here while his loan to the Flames is covered in today's ECHL transactions here.

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F David Van der Gulik (Chilliwack, 1999-2002) is on his way back to Manchester of the AHL after being reassigned by the LA Kings. The former BCHL Coastal Conference Rookie of the Year played one game with the Kings this season, going pointless. LA's release on Van der Gulik is here.

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Vancouver Canucks 2012 sixth round draft pick F Wes Myron (Victoria, 2009-12) has been traded in the ECHL. Myron was acquired by the Evansville Icemen from the Tulsa Oilers on Friday for future considerations. The Icemen's release on the deal is right here.

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Kamloops product D Brendon Nash (Salmon Arm, 2004-06) has been signed by Bakersfield Condors of ECHL as a free agent. Nash has spent the last four seasons in the American Hockey League. The Condors announced Nash's signing on their Twitter feed.

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After starting the season with Assat of the Finnish Elite League, F Austin Smith (Penticton, 2007-08) has signed with the Allen Americans of the ECHL. Smith, who's from Dallas, Texas, had three points (2-1-3) in 10 games with Assat. The Americans release on Smith's signing is posted on their website here

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Behemoth D Ben Woodley (Prince George, 2011-12) has been placed on waivers by the Quad City Mallards of the ECHL. Woodley, who stands 6'7" and 238 lbs., played two games with the Mallards this season, posting one assist and two penalty minutes. Details on Woodley's being waived is here.

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In a span of 24 hours late last week, G Andrew Hammond (Westside, Surrey, Vernon, 2006-09) was recalled from AHL Binghamton by the Ottawa Senators and sent back down. Hammond backed up Sens goalie Craig Anderson in Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to Chicago. He's appeared in all but one of Binghamton's ten games this season. The Baby Senators release about Hammond being reassigned to the AHL is here.

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D Nicholas Rioux (Quesnel, Prince George, 2005-07) has been signed to a professional tryout by the AHL's Iowa Stars. It's the second straight season that Rioux joined the Stars. He started this season with the ECHL's Quad City Mallards, registering no points in three games. Iowa's announcement of Rioux's signing is here.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Penticton Netminder Hunter Miska Named Player of the Month, Smokies Defenseman Viktor Dombrovskiy Switches from Yale to Harvard:







The BC Hockey League announced the October Player of the Month on Twitter last night. Penticton Vees G Hunter Miska (95) received the honour after going 9-0 with three shutouts, a 1.08 goals-against-average and a .959 save percentage. Miska is now 12-1 on the season with a miniscule 1.55 goals-against-average and a .942 save percentage.

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Trail Smoke Eaters D Viktor Dombrovskiy (96) also took to Twitter to announce his commitment to Harvard University for next season. Dombrovskiy previously committed to Yale University in September 2012.
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The Canadian Junior Hockey League released the schedule for the 2015 Western Canada Cup on Thursday. The tournament, which features the host Fort McMurray Oil Barons along with the champions from the BCHL, AJHL, SJHL, and MJHL, opens on Saturday, April 25th.

The first game features the BCHL champions against the champs from the AJHL. The release from the BCHL website on the 2015 Western Canada Cup is available here. The defending champions are the Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.







The Alberni Valley Bulldogs made a trio of roster moves in the last 3-4 days, moving two players out while adding one. The Bulldogs dealt F Zach Funk (96) to the Nipawin Hawks of the SJHL for future considerations. Funk had two points (1-1-2) in 13 games with Alberni Valley this season, his third in the BCHL. Overall, the 18-year-old tallied 35 points (15-20-35) in 116 career games with the Bulldogs.

Alberni Valley also released F Josh Smith (95) and he is now a free agent. Smith was signed by the Dogs earlier this season after he was released by Coquitlam. He played just two games with the Express without registering a point. Smith got into six games with Alberni, tallying one assist.

Finally, the Bulldogs signed F Justin Marreck (96) as a free agent. Marreck, who's from West Kelowna, had been playing with the Revelstoke Grizzlies of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League after spending 2013-14 with the WHL's Tri-City Americans. This season, he had three points (1-2-3) in five games with the Grizzlies.

A summary of the Bulldogs moves is available here.

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D Ryan Ivey (94) left the West Kelowna Warriors and as such, the team has suspended him for doing so. Ivey played nine games for the Warriors this season, posting three points (2-1-3). He had six points (2-4-6) in 25 games for West-K in 2013-14 after joining the team from the Lincoln Stars of the US Hockey League. As a veteran of 42 USHL games, one has to wonder if Ivey, who's from Orlando, Florida, will end up playing stateside once again.

Meanwhile, the Warriors signed WHL veteran F Michal Holub (96) after he was released by Lethbridge. The Mission, BC, product played eight games this year with the Hurricanes, failing to get on the scoresheet. Holub has nine points in 87 career WHL games with Lethbridge and Seattle.

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.