Friday, November 30, 2012

Langley-Alberni Valley Trade:


The Langley Rivermen added a forward with a lot of potential yesterday in their second trade of the season with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

The deal sees the Rivermen grab 18-year-old forward Nathan Craft from the Dogs in exchange for future considerations. The trade was precipitated by the fact that Alberni Valley had a number of players returning from injured reserve and needed to make room on its roster.

To Langley Rivermen:
F Nathan Craft (94) To Alberni Valley Bulldogs:
Future Considerations

Here's the release from the Bulldogs website:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce today that club has made yet another trade with the Langley Rivermen.

In a continued effort to make roster space available for players returning from the injury reserve leading up to the December 1 roster deadline, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce that they have traded 1994 forward Nathan Craft to the Langley Rivermen for future considerations.

Craft, from Kitimat, BC, had a good start in his rookie campaign with the Bulldogs, putting up 7 points in his first 9 games, along with 18 PIMs. However, Craft only managed to register 3 points in his last 15 games with the Bulldogs.

“The Bulldogs organization would like to thank Nathan for all his hard work and dedication to the team,” said Bulldogs general manager and head coach Kevin Willison. “In addition to being good in the room, Nathan’s efforts in the community were also very appreciated,” added Willison.

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs wish Nathan all the best in Langley and with all his future endeavors. 

And from the Rivermen website:

The Langley Rivermen Junior “A” Hockey Club is has announced a trade with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. The Rivermen have acquired forward Nathan Craft (1994 born) for future considerations.

Craft is a Kitimat, B.C. Native and has played in 24 games this season recording five goals and five assists. The previous year he played in the BC Major Midget League for the Cariboo Cougars and had a fantastic season registering 27 goals and 21 assists in 35 games.

“Nathan is a guy that we noticed a lot when we saw Alberni earlier in the year. He has decent size, likes the physical play and has great touch around the net,” said Rivermen Head Coach and GM Bobby Henderson.

Craft is a winger that stands at 6’0”, 191 pounds and the Rivermen coaching staff believes that he will be a great fit on the roster,

“Alberni earlier in the year had him in a top six role and ever since he has been rotating throughout the line-up. We will give him plenty of opportunity to prove himself and we expect good things from him.”
 
Coach Henderson was quick to point out what he likes about the 18 year-olds’ game, but the thing he was impressed with the most was his combination of grit and skill,

“Players like him are hard to come by now days. He is a power forward that brings a lot to the table and when he finds his niche with us he will be a hard player to stop,” finished Henderson.

Oddly enough Craft’s first game will be against his former club this Saturday at the Weyerhaeuser Arena.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Merritt-Brooks Trade:


The Merritt Centennials made their first trade of the 2012-13 season on Wednesday and now West Kelowna is the lone team in the BCHL's Interior Division to not make a deal thus far this season.

The Cents moved 19-year-old forward Brandon Bruce to the AJHL's Brooks Bandits in exchange for 18-year-old forward Sam Johnson and future considerations.

Bruce is a tenacious, hard-working player who should become a fan favourite in Brooks on a team that is a definite RBC Cup contender this season.

I'll admit that I don't know anything about Johnson, so it'll be interesting to see what experience he brings to Merritt from a season and a half of hockey with an outstanding team in the Bandits and his midget numbers indicate that there is some offensive potential there.

To Merritt Centennials:
F Sam Johnson (94)
+ Future Considerations

To Brooks Bandits:
F Brandon Bruce (93)
Here's the release from the Centennials website:

The Merritt Centennials are pleased to announce the acquisition of forward Sam Johnson (94) and future considerations from the Brooks Bandits of the AJHL in exchange for forward Brandon Bruce (93).

Johnson, who's from Okotoks, Alberta, had 4 goals and 1 assist in 20 games with Brooks this season. He notched 4 goals and 2 assists in 39 games as a rookie with the Bandits last season. Johnson also got into two playoff games as Brooks advanced to the BC-Alberta Doyle Cup championship series. He played with the UFA Bisons Midget AAA team out of Strathmore, Alberta in 2010-11, registering 23 goals and 16 assists in 34 games as a 16-year-old.

"We are excited to add a player like Sam who showed tremendous offensive potential at the midget level," said Cents GM & Head Coach Luke Pierce. "He's been on arguably the best team in Canada for the past season and a half and we feel maybe hasn't been given the opportunity to show his best."

"We look forward to having Sam join our team in the coming days and working with him to become a valuable member of our hockey club," Pierce added.

"Brandon Bruce was instrumental in our success last year and his energy and intensity make him a very popular player from a fan perspective, Pierce continued. "His speed and tenacity will be missed but we believe there are individuals here who can make up for that.

"It's unfortunate this season didn't play out the way we hoped for Brandon and I’m sure from a personal standpoint, he'd echo those sentiments," Pierce reflected. "We certainly wish Brandon all the best with Brooks and in his future beyond junior hockey."

For further information, please contact Cents Head Coach and GM Luke Pierce at 250-378-3607 or email luke@merrittcentennials.com

The Cents next game is Friday, November 30 as they continue their 40th season of junior 'A' hockey at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm against the SilverBacks. Game time is 7 pm. Fans can listen to the game on Q101 FM in Merritt or watch online at FastHockey.com.

Follow the Cents on Twitter at @BCHLCentennials and on Facebook.com/MerrittCentennials

Season tickets are still available for the 2012-13 season. For more information on how to get yours, call the Cents Marketing office at 250-378-3604.

The Merritt Centennials, proudly celebrating 40 seasons as the BCHL's longest continuously run franchise, are a non-profit, community owned Junior 'A' Hockey Club run by a dedicated team of investors, directors, and volunteers.

Nanaimo-Cowichan Valley Trade:


With the December 1st roster deadline approaching on Saturday, a massive trade shook the BCHL's Island Division as the Western Canada Cup host Nanaimo Clippers added age, experience and offense in a deal with the rival Cowichan Valley Capitals.

The transaction sees the Clippers acquire 19-year-old Matthew Grant from the Caps in exchange for 18-year-old forward Jesse Neher and 18-year-old forward Luke Gordon.

Although Cowichan Valley has lost its top two scorers in the last two weeks - Grant in this trade and Ryan Hanes to the WHL - adding Neher and Gordon gives the Capitals depth up front and I would think that both will get ample amounts of ice time in Duncan to seize the opportunity.

For the Clippers, Grant is a proven point producer who should immediately step into Nanaimo's top six and be an impact player, especially on the power play.

To Nanaimo Clippers:
F Matthew Grant (93) To Cowichan Valley Capitals:
F Jesse Neher (94) F Luke Gordon (94) Here's the release from the Clippers website:

The Nanaimo Clippers have acquired (F) (93) Matthew Grant from the Cowichan Valley Capitals in exchange for the playing rights of (F) (94) Luke Gordon and (F)(94) Jesse Neher. The 6”3 207lb Grant hails from Ladysmith BC has 6 goals, 15 assists in 20 games.

The Nanaimo Clippers would like welcome Matthew and his family to the Clipper family and would like to thank Luke and Jesse for their contributions and wish them all the best.

And from the Capitals website:

The Cowichan Capitals have completed a trade this afternoon. The Capitals have acquired forwards Jesse Neher and Luke Gordon from the Nanaimo Clippers in exchange for forward Matt Grant.

With this move the Capitals have added some depth to the forward lines. Both Neher and Gordon are experienced BCHL forwards who bring an offensive edge to the Capitals. Look for both to be in the lineup this weekend.
 
The Capitals would like to take this oppportunity to thank Matt Grant for all of his contributions to the team. We wish Matt all the best as he continues his hockey career.

Monday, November 26, 2012

December 1st Roster Deadline Approaching:


The first roster deadline of the season is coming up this Saturday, December 1st and it's one that's seen BCHL teams be traditionally busy.

As of December 1st, teams must be at 25 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, (including the 22 players on their roster) and it reduces to 25 on Saturday night, it makes sense to trade now, rather than after December 1st. The idea being that the team uses up cards 23 through 28 instead of losing them. This is assuming the team wants to make some changes.

Last season saw seven trades made in the week leading up to the deadline. In 2010, there were 16 trades while in 2009, there were also 16 deals.

Here's a look at the moves from the 2011-12 season from November 24 - December 1:

01-Dec-11     The Nanaimo Clippers Hockey Club transfers the recently acquired playing rights of Adam Botinck (92)(F) and Nicholas Wong (91)(D) to the Grande Prairie Storm Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Dan Correale and Mike Sones.

01-Dec-11     The Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Adam Boytinck (92)(F) and Nicholas Wong (91)(F) to the Nanaimo Clippers Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Tanner Clarkson (93)(F) and future considerations.

01-Dec-11     The Westside Warriors Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Tyler Krause (91)(F) and future considerations to the Okotoks Oilers Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for the playing rights of Marcus Basara (93)(F).

01-Dec-11     The Prince George Spruce Kings transfers the playing rights of Stefan Bazar (92)(F) to the St. Albert Steel Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for the playing rights of Ty Swabb (92).

29-Nov-11     The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Alex Hagen (92)(C) to the Surrey Eagles Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.

29-Nov-11     The Victoria Grizzlies Hockey Club acquire the playing rights of Mike Collins (91)(F) from the OCN Blizzard Hockey Club of the MJHL in exchange for future considerations.

28-Nov-11     The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Marcus Basara (93)(F), Connor Hartley (93)(F) and future considerations to the Okotoks Oilers Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for the playing rights of Ben Gamache (91)(F).

Here's a look at the moves from the 2010-11 season from November 24 - December 1:

01-Dec-10     The Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Sam Higgins (90) to the Fort MacMurray Oil Barons Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations.

01-Dec-10     The Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Brett Penner to the Flin Flon Bombers Hockey Club of the SJHL in exchange for future considerations.

01-Dec-10     The Victoria Grizzlies Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Bruin McDonald (92)(D) to the Vernon Vipers Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
 
01-Dec-10     The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Bryton Udy (G)(93), Elliot Richardson (91)(D) and future considerations to the Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Kirby Halcrow (91)(G).
 
30-Nov-10     The Cowichan Valley Capitals Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Greg Ferguson to the Humboldt Broncos of the SJHL in exchange for the playing rights of Darcy Kuemper and future considerations.
 
30-Nov-10     The Powell River Kings Hockey Club acquires the playing rights of Justin Bardarson from the Melfort Mustangs of the SJHL in exchange for future considerations.
 
30-Nov-10     The Powell River Kings Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Ryan Elliot (92) to the Winnipeg Blues Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
 
30-Nov-10     The Salmon Arm Silverbacks Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Clayton Petrie (92)(F), Justin Krabben (91)(D) and future considerations to the Calgary Canucks Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for the playing rights of Kevin Mills (90)(D).
 
30-Nov-10     The Cowichan Valley Capitals Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Clayton Petrie (92)(F) to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
 
29-Nov-10     The Prince George Spruce Kings Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Jeff Datoff (92)(D) to the Nipawin Hawks Hockey Club of the SJHL in exchange for future considerations.
 
28-Nov-10     The Salmon Arm Silverbacks Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Chase Martin (92)(G) to the Cowichan Valley Capitals Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations
 
26-Nov-10     The Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Sean Cahill (90) to the Kindersley Clippers Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Brett Penner (92) and future considerations.
 
25-Nov-10     The Cowichan Valley Capitals Hockey Club acquire the playing rights of Devin Dambrauskas (92) from the Camrose Kodiaks Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations.
 
25-Nov-10     The Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club have traded the CJHL playing rights of Sterling Bear (90)(F) to the Melfort Mustangs Hockey Club of the SJHL in exchange for future considerations.
 
24-Nov-10     The Cowichan Valley Capitals Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Shawn Mueller (92)(F) and future considerations to the Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Clayton Chessa (91)(F).
 
24-Nov-10     The Penticton Vees Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Jason Nash (91)(D) to the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club to complete the future considerations for the Michael Betz transaction completed earlier in the season.

Here's a look at the moves from the 2009-10 season from November 24 - December 1:

01-Dec-09     The Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Breyden DeCock to the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL in exchange for the CJHL Jr A playing rights of Taylor Orser (90).

01-Dec-09     The Nanaimo Clippers Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Connor Tiechko (92)(F) to the Surrey Eagles Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
 
01-Dec-09     The Langley Chiefs Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Marcus Watson (F)(89) to the Prince George Spruce Kings Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Tyler Miller (91)(D).
 
01-Dec-09     The Alberni Valley Bulldogs Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Jesse Halikas (91)(F) to the Lloydminster Bobcats Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for the playing rights of Derek Schemenauer (90)(F) and future considerations.
 
01-Dec-09     The Burnaby Express Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Mike Puddifant (D)(91) to the Nanaimo Clippers Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
 
01-Dec-09     The Nanaimo Clippers Hockey Club acquire the playing rights of Rys Hadfield (G) from the Grande Prairie Storm Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations.
 
30-Nov-09     The Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Derek Ginnell (91)(F) and future considerations to the Sainte Agathe Hockey Club of the LHJAAAQ in exchange for the playing rights of Joshua Desmarais.
 

30-Nov-09     The Nanaimo Clippers Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Derek Ginnell (91)(F) to the Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club.
 
30-Nov-09     The Alberni Valley Bulldogs Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Curtis Tonello (90)(D) and future considerations to the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Tye Lewis (89)(F).
 
30-Nov-09     The Victoria Grizzlies Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Richard Virtanen (89)(G) to the Williams Lake Timberwolves Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
 
30-Nov-09     The Prince George Spruce Kings Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Clayton McEwan (91)(D) and future considerations to the Williams Lake Timberwolves Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Brendan Nadolny (90)(D).
 
29-Nov-09     The Burnaby Express Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Mike Chan (90)(G) to the Surrey Eagles Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
 
25-Nov-09     The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Drew George (91)(F), Nick Aimes (92)(D) and future considerations to the Cowichan Valley Captials Hockey Club for the playing rights of Curtis Gedig (91)(D) and future considerations.
 
25-Nov-09     The Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club acquire the playing rights of Jacob Verheyden (89)(F) from the Winnipeg Saints Hockey Club of the MJHL in exchange for future considerations.
 
24-Nov-09     The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfers the CJHL Jr A playing rights of Cole Penner (91) to the Camrose Kodiaks Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations.
 
24-Nov-09     The Burnaby Express Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Matt Ridley (90)(D) to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Mike Puddifant (91)(D).

Coquitlam-Cowichan Valley Trade:


I almost missed this deal when it came down late last week, but the Coquitlam Express made another change to their blueline, this time via subtraction without adding another piece.

The Express sent 18-year-old Brett Seldon to the Cowichan Valley Capitals in exchange for future considerations. Although the deal goes down as for "futures", the Caps release indicates that Seldon was acquired on waivers.

As I blogged earlier this season when Tanner Cochrane went from Powell River to Chilliwack, the same situation is in play with Seldon.

Basically, the Express had a deal in place to send Seldon to a team outside of the BCHL in exchange for cash. In any deal where a player is being traded out of province for cash, the player must be placed on BCHL waivers for 24 hours before the deal is approved. The Capitals put in a claim for Seldon and as a result the trade Coquitlam made with the team outside of the BCHL was voided.

To Cowichan Valley Capitals:
D Brett Seldon (94) To Coquitlam Express:
Future Considerations

Here's the release from the Capitals website:

The Capitals are pleased to announce that they have acquired 6'3", 205 lb (94) Brett Seldon from the Coquitlam Express. 

He was acquired off waivers late yesterday and will be in the lineup tonight versus the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. The Thornhill Ontario native is a tough, stay at home defenceman who Head Coach Jim Ingram says will "Play a very gritty style of hockey".

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Langley-Pembroke Trade:



With two of the six teams in the Mainland Division involved in significant trades this week, the Langley Rivermen got into the act as well, adding a veteran presence to their blueline.

The Rivermen picked up 19-year-old defenceman Ryan Fraser-Lee from the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canada Hockey League for future considerations. Fraser-Lee, who's from Grand Rapids, Michigan, gives Langley nine imports on its roster - which is one more than is allowed in the BCHL - but are permitted to because another import is on the injury reserve. 18-year-old defenceman Aaron Dolby is out for eight weeks with a broken thumb.

Obviously the Rivermen will need to deal with their import situation once Dolby is healthy, but until then, they are allowed to be over by one on their roster.

To Langley Rivermen:
D Ryan Fraser-Lee (93) To Pembroke Lumber Kings:
Future Considerations 

There's nothing on the Rivermen website regarding the trade, but Brandon Astle blogged about it, here's what it says:


The Langley Rivermen Junior “A” Hockey Club has announced a trade with the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the CCHL. The Rivermen acquire Defenseman Ryan Fraser-Lee (1993 born) for future considerations.

Fraser- Lee played in seven games for the Lumber Kings this season recording two assists and 10 penalty minutes. The previous year he played for the Chicago Steel of the USHL and picked up five assists in 40 games to go along with 83 penalty minutes. Fraser- Lee is on the taller side at 6’3”,  205 pounds and shoots right.

“Ryan is a big, steady, physical defenseman that will bring experience to our line-up,” said Rivermen Associate Head Coach Jordan Emmerson, “he is a defensive minded player and takes care of his own end first and foremost and that will only help us”.

In 2011 he was drafted by the Chicago Steel in the fourth round in the USHL draft. A year later he was then drafted into the NAHL in 2012 by the Janesville Jets in the third round.

“He is a guy that can play in any situation for us. He will be a big asset not only out on the ice, but in the dressing room as well and we believe he will be a calming influence for our younger players,” finished Emmerson.

Prince George-Vernon Trade:


On the same day that the Spruce Kings altered their defence core by trading 20-year-old Bradley Ryan to Coquitlam for a package that included 19-year-old blueliner Mark Begert, Prince George added another defenceman in 17-year-old Kevin Guiltinan from the Vernon Vipers.

In exchange for Guiltinan, who's already committed to Harvard for next September, the Spruce Kings gave up 19-year-old forward Liam Board. So in two fell swoops, PG moved out two players and moved in three in its attempt to keep pace in a very competitive BCHL Mainland Division.

To Prince George Spruce Kings:
D Kevin Guiltinan (95) To Vernon Vipers:
F Liam Board (93) Here's the release from the Vipers website:

The Vernon Vipers have traded 17 year old defenseman Kevin Guiltinan to the Prince George Spruce Kings in exchange for 19 year old forward Liam Board.

Guiltinan was in his first season with the Vipers recording one assist in 21 games.

Board is a product of Burlington Ontario who has played in 23 games this season with the Spruce Kings tallying 5 goals and 9 assists for 14 points.  He joined the BCHL after spending last season with the Oakville Blades where he was a teammate of current Viper Braedan Russell.

The Vipers would like to wish Kevin the best of luck in the future and welcome Liam to Vernon.  Board is expected to make his debut tomorrow night in Penticton.

And the release from the Spruce Kings website:

The Prince George Spruce Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) have completed two separate trades acquiring three new players today.

Liam Board ('93, forward) has been traded to the Vernon Vipers in exchange for Kevin Guiltinan and future considerations. Bradley Ryan (’92, defenceman) has been traded to the Coquitlam Express in exchange for Jace Hennig, Mark Begert and future considerations.

Kevin Guiltinan is a '95 born 6' 3" 205 pound defenceman from London, Ontario, is described as a physical defenceman and has secured a NCAA scholarship to Harvard University.

Jace Hennig is a '95 born 5' 10" 175 pound forward from Coquitlam, BC who is a great two way player with tremendous offensive upside and is committed to Merrimack University.

Mark Begert is a '93 born 6' 185 pound defenceman from West Vancouver, BC and is a good skating two-way defenceman.

"We are excited to add three very good players to our lineup today," said Spruce Kings General Manager, Mike Hawes. "We have acquired a couple of tremendous all round defenceman that will improve an already strong group on defence and a tremendous two-way forward with great offensive instincts."

"We had an opportunity to improve our club today and we took advantage of it," continued Hawes. "It is always hard to trade two fabulous young men like Bradley and Liam. We wish them all the best with their new teams."

The three new players are expected to be in Prince George in time for this weekend’s double header against the Surrey Eagles.

Coquitlam-Prince George Trade:


There's been a flurry of trades in the BCHL over the last 4-5 days and I have to admit that it's been tough keeping up with each move with analysis and a blog post.

I do Tweet each trade as I find out about it, so if you'd like to follow me on Twitter, you can do so here: http://www.twitter.com/Brian_Wiebe

Coquitlam Head Coach and GM Jon Calvano had a busy week, making no fewer than four trades. One of the biggest - if not the biggest - deals the Express made was to bring in 20-year-old defenceman Bradley Ryan from the Prince George Spruce Kings for 19-year-old defenceman Mark Begert, 17-year-old forward Jace Hennig and future considerations.

To Coquitlam Express:
D Bradley Ryan (92) To Prince George Spruce Kings:
D Mark Begert (93) F Jace Hennig (95) + Future Considerations

The Express haven't posted anything on their website about the trade, but here's what's on Eddie Gregory's Coquitlam Expressions blog:

With the December 1st roster deadline quickly approaching, the Coquitlam Express have moved swiftly this week upgrading their size and experience on the backend.

Earlier this week they traded Dillan Walker to Trenton. And acquired 20 year old defenceman Mark Maciag from the Carleton Place Canadians for future considerations.

The latest trade sees the Express send 19 year old defenceman Mark Begert along with 17 year old forward Jace Hennig and future considerations to the Prince George Spruce Kings for 20 year old defenceman Bradley Ryan.

Ryan gives the Express some much needed size on the backend standing at 6'5 and weighing in at 210lbs. Plus he also has an offensive touch with 5 goals and 15 points in 22 games this season. He also has a scholarship to Vermont for the fall of 2013.

With the additions of Ryan and Mcaig the Express have added a pair of 20 year old blueliners. Plus they have given the blueline an upgrade in size. Both players have also put up some points this season.

The Express now have a full compliment of 20 year olds with six.. With three on the blueline.

Begert was in his second go round with the Express this season. He played his rookie season in the BCHL with the Express in the 2010-11 season. He attended Boston College last season before returning to the Express this season. where he had 5 assists in 23 games.

Hennig was in his second season with the Express and first full season in the BCHL. He had 2 goals and 2 assists in 17 games this season. He dressed for 28 games for the Express last season scoring a pair of goals and ten assists.

The Express would like to welcome Bradley to the team. And wish Mark and Jace the best of luck with Prince George. 

Here's the release from the Spruce Kings website:

The Prince George Spruce Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) have completed two separate trades acquiring three new players today.

Liam Board ('93, forward) has been traded to the Vernon Vipers in exchange for Kevin Guiltinan and future considerations. Bradley Ryan (’92, defenceman) has been traded to the Coquitlam Express in exchange for Jace Hennig, Mark Begert and future considerations.

Kevin Guiltinan is a '95 born 6' 3" 205 pound defenceman from London, Ontario, is described as a physical defenceman and has secured a NCAA scholarship to Harvard University.

Jace Hennig is a '95 born 5' 10" 175 pound forward from Coquitlam, BC who is a great two way player with tremendous offensive upside and is committed to Merrimack University.

Mark Begert is a '93 born 6' 185 pound defenceman from West Vancouver, BC and is a good skating two-way defenceman.

"We are excited to add three very good players to our lineup today," said Spruce Kings General Manager, Mike Hawes. "We have acquired a couple of tremendous all round defenceman that will improve an already strong group on defence and a tremendous two-way forward with great offensive instincts."

"We had an opportunity to improve our club today and we took advantage of it," continued Hawes. "It is always hard to trade two fabulous young men like Bradley and Liam. We wish them all the best with their new teams."

The three new players are expected to be in Prince George in time for this weekend’s double header against the Surrey Eagles.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Coquitlam-Trenton Trade:


With the addition of Mike Maciag to their blueline, the Coquitlam Express looked to create a spot for him and they did so by sending 19-year-old Dillan Walker to the Trenton Golden Hawks of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

As is the case with the Maciag deal, there's nothing on the Express website regarding the Walker trade, but it is posted under "Transactions" on the BCHL and Eddie Gregory's got it covered on his blog: http://expressvoice.blogspot.ca/2012/11/wheeling-and-dealing-defence.html

To Trenton Golden Hawks:
D Dillan Walker (93) To Coquitlam Express:
Future Considerations   

Coquitlam-Carleton Place Trade:



The Coquitlam Express added experience to their blueline with the addition of 20-year-old Mike Maciag from the Carleton Place Canadians of the Central Canada Hockey League for future considerations.

Not a whole lot is known about Maciag other than he's an American playing his third season of junior hockey with designs on earning an NCAA scholarship for next season (a pretty safe assumption when assessing most junior A players). With the BCHL and the Express' track record, I would think that there will be plenty of exposure to scouts for the Plymouth, Michigan native.

There's been no official release on the Express website, but Eddie Gregory has more on the deal from the Coquitlam side on his blog: http://expressvoice.blogspot.ca/2012/11/wheeling-and-dealing-defence.html

To Coquitlam Express:
D Michael Maciag (92) To Carleton Place Canadians:
Future Considerations

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Trail-Salmon Arm Trade:


The Trail Smoke Eaters made a bold move yesterday, adding a big piece to their leadership core from a division rival.

The Smokies picked up 20-year-old defenceman and captain Bennett Hambrook from the Salmon Arm SilverBacks for future considerations. For Trail, the deal brings in a veteran, local player - Hambrook is from Kimberley in the East Kootenays. For the Backs, it's their fifth trade in the month of November alone.

To Trail Smoke Eaters:
D Bennett Hambrook (92)
To Salmon Arm SilverBacks:
Future Considerations

Here's the release from the Smoke Eaters website:

TRAIL -- The Trail Smoke Eaters have completed a trade with the Salmon Arm SilverBacks, acquiring defenseman Bennett Hambrook (92) for future considerations.

Hambrook, a 6’, 190-pound defenseman from Kimberley, has 15 penalty minutes in 20 appearances with the SilverBacks this season. In 106 career BCHL games with Trail, Prince George, Vernon and Salmon Arm, the 20 year-old has compiled 7 points and 125 penalty minutes. He was named the SilverBacks’ captain to start the 2012-13 season.

“Bennett is a gritty, responsible d-man who isn’t afraid to mix it up physically,” said Smoke Eaters head coach/general manager Bill Birks. “His BCHL experience and leadership qualities will resonate in our dressing room and we’re thrilled to get him.”

Prior to making the jump to the BCHL in 2010, Hambrook was a member of the KIJHL’s Nelson Leafs, putting up 13 points (1-12) and 242 penalty minutes as Nelson reached the league final during the 2009-10 season. He made his BCHL debut as an affiliate player with the Smokies, appearing in 2 games during the 2009-10 season.

Hambrook is expected to join the Smoke Eaters for their regular-season game Wednesday, November 21st in Penticton.  The Smokies host his former club, the SilverBacks Friday (7:30 PM, Cominco Arena).  

And the release from the SilverBacks site:

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks have a tough announcement to make today as Captain Bennett Hambrook has been traded to the Trail Smoke Eaters in exchange for Future Considerations.

Hambrook, a 20 year old native of Kimberley, B.C, has been with the SilverBacks since the start of the 2011-2012 season when he endeared himself to teammates and fans with his headstrong leadership and fearless shot-blocking. Hambrook was eventually anointed as the 12th Captain in SilverBacks history in September of 2012.
 
While Hambrook hasn't recorded any goals or assists in the 20 games he's played in this season, the 6'0, 190lbs defender has been a key component to the success of many SilverBack penalty kills and was among the core leadership group assembled within a budding dressing room. Bennett’s dedication to the club and community of Salmon Arm will be missed.
 
Bennett has spent time with the Vernon Vipers, Prince George Spruce Kings and Trail Smoke Eaters prior to joining Salmon Arm and now he heads closer to his hometown of Kimberley to rejoin the Smokies after a brief 2 game stint in 2009-2010. Hambrook played the majority of the 09-10 season with the Nelson Leafs and a trip to Trail as a SilverBack was always a home game for Bennett.
 
SilverBack's GM Troy Mick says it wasn't an easy decision to make; arguably the toughest decision he has ever made.
 
 "You won’t find anyone involved in this organization; at any capacity, who doesn't have the utmost respect for Bennett. His attitude and demeanor are what great leaders are made of and while he's been of invaluable service to our younger players, we feel we're in position to become an even younger team and give Bennett a chance to excel closer to home and continue his NCAA dreams.
 
The organization would like to wish Bennett and his family all the best as he strives to reach his goal of playing at the next level and furthering his education.
 
Games against Trail will now be taken to another level, all the best Hammy. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Penticton-Powell River-Salmon Arm Trade:


A big trade came out of the Interior Division today. It's actually the product of two trades - one involving Penticton and the Powell River Kings and the other involving Salmon Arm and the Vees.

The first deal saw Penticton ship 18-year-old defenceman Noah Henry to Powell River in exchange for 19-year-old forward Steven Iacobellis, who was suspended by the Kings for not reporting after being traded by Cowichan Valley to Powell River back on September 19th.

In the second portion of the transaction, the Vees packaged Iacobellis with 18-year-old forward Alex Jewell to Salmon Arm in exchange for 20-year-old defenceman Sean Flanagan.

To Powell River Kings:
D Noah Henry (94)
To Penticton Vees:
D Sean Flanagan (92)
To Salmon Arm SilverBacks:
F Steven Iacobellis (93)
F Alex Jewell (94)
Here's the release from the SilverBacks website:

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks have swung a three-way trade involving both the Penticton Vees and the Powell River Kings.

The SilverBacks have traded 20 year old defender Sean Flanagan to the Penticton Vees in exchange for 18 year old forward Alex Jewell; the Vees then send 18 year old defender Noah Henry to the Powell River Kings for 19 year old forward Steven Iacobellis who becomes a member Salmon Arm SilverBacks.

The 'Backs newest acquisitions should provide some much needed offense for the club. Alex Jewell is 5'11, 175lbs forward from Coldstream who won an RBC Cup last season with the Penticton Vees in his rookie season and has tallied three goals and twelve points over 29 BCHL games; while Steven Iacobellis, at 5'9, 170lbs was one of the premier point producers last season with the Cowichan Valley Capitals, posting 13 goals and 40 points while securing a scholarship to the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

SilverBacks GM Troy Mick has improved his clubs depth while getting younger and adding some much needed scoring punch. He is extremely pleased with the two players joining his club.

"Alex is a skilled player with a great offensive upside that will fit nicely into the youthful core we're assembling. He proved himself last season in our league by cracking that great Vees lineup and we can't wait for him to become a SilverBack. In Steven we're getting a proven scorer and a player, who was put up great numbers at every level. He's fast, he's smart and he's going to look great in black and white."

At the same time, the 'Backs are wishing the best to an important member of the team in Sean Flanagan, Mick says it's tough to see him go.

"Sean was a key contributor to our club this season; he wasn't just a player for us but an Assistant Captain as well.  We are very pleased with the deal we've made and it provides Sean with an excellent opportunity to excel before he moves on to the NCAA next season.”

The 'Backs want to wish all the best to Sean in Penticton with the Vees organization while welcoming Alex and Steven to the family. We're sure Friday's game in Penticton will have even more fire and energy than usual.

Here's the release from the Vees website:

The Penticton Vees Hockey Club has acquired defenseman Sean Flanagan (92) (Minnesota-Mankato ’13) and future considerations from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in a multi-team trade. As part of the trade, the Vees send defenseman Noah Henry (94) to Powell River and forward Alex Jewell (94) to Salmon Arm.

The Vees traded Henry to Powell River for the rights of forward Steven Iacobellis (93), and then packed the rights to Iacobellis and Alex Jewell to Salmon Arm for defenseman Sean Flanagan and future considerations.

Vees Head Coach & GM Fred Harbinson says adding Flanagan fills a void on the blue-line, “In the last couple of weeks it came apparent we needed to add a veteran to our back-end. Flanagan, with his experience, is the player we feel satisfies our need. In saying that, we had to give up two young and talented players which is never easy to do.”

Flanagan, 20, was in his second season with the Silverbacks, where he had three goals and eight points in 20 games. The rear-guard has 11 goals and 39 points in two seasons with the Silverbacks. Prior to Salmon Arm, Flanagan played two seasons for his hometown Kindersley Klippers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, compiling 42 points in 108 games. Flanagan was also a member Team Canada West at the 2010 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Penticton, appearing in all five games for Team Canada West, which finished fourth.

Noah Henry was in his first season with the Vees, appearing in 20 games and collecting four assists along the way. Prior to Penticton, Henry spent the past two seasons at the prestigious Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep School in Minnesota, where he won the 2012 US National U-18 Championship in Buffalo, New York.  Alex Jewell was in his first full season with the Vees, playing in 19 of the Vees 20 games, where he tallied two goals and seven points. The 18 year-old appeared in 10 games with the Vees last season as an Affiliate Player, scoring once and finishing with five points. The Clearwater product will join former teammates Evan Anderson and Mitch Ferguson in Salmon Arm.

The moves leave the Vees with 12 forwards and seven defencemen; one under the league maximum 22 player roster. The entire Vees organization thanks both Noah and Alex for their contributions with the Vees and wish them the best of luck in their future hockey endeavors in Powell River and Salmon Arm respectively.

Flanagan will be in the line-up Wednesday night when the Vees make a trip to Merritt to face the Centennials, and will wear number 65.

Here's the release from the Kings website:

The Powell River Kings have acquired 18-year old defenceman Noah Henry from the Penticton Vees in exchange for forward Steven Iacobellis.

Coach and GM Kent Lewis says, “We are happy to be adding a quality defence man. We feel that Noah can come in and be a contributor right away with our special teams, most notably our power play.”

Noah Henry, hailing from Medina, Washington, started his season with the Penticton Vees where he played 20 games and earned 4 points. Prior to his time in Penticton, Henry played defence for Shattuck’s St.Mary’s Under-16 and Midget Prep teams.

The Kings welcome Noah to the team and look forward to having him hit the ice with the rest of the team later this week.   

Salmon Arm-Whitecourt Trade:


The Salmon Arm SilverBacks continued to make over their roster today as they swung a trade with one of the top teams in the AJHL - sending 20-year-old forward Jason Trott to the Whitecourt Wolverines in exchange for future considerations.

To Whitecourt Wolverines:
F Jason Trott (92)
To Salmon Arm SilverBacks:
Future Considerations

Here's the release from the SilverBacks website:

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks have traded 20 year old Forward Jason Trott to the AJHL's Whitecourt Wolverines in exchange for future considerations.

Trott, a New Westminster native and former Portland Winterhawk, spent two years in the Western Hockey League, putting up eight points over 68 games before joining the SilverBacks early in the season.

The 6'1 winger added up four goals and eight points in his short BCHL career in Salmon Arm, 'Backs GM Troy Mick says the move to Whitecourt gives Jason an opportunity to join a contender for the Royal Bank Cup in his last year of Junior Hockey.

 "As a 20 year old Jason was playing lots of minutes in all situations on a young squad here in Salmon Arm; the Wolverines are a good club and he should have no problem fitting into their system."

The organization would like to thank Jason for his time in Salmon Arm, and wish him all the best in Alberta with the Wolverines as they chase a league title. 

 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Reserve Roster - Powell River Kings:


We keep rolling through the reserve rosters of the BCHL alphabetically and up next is the the reigning Coastal Conference champions - the Powell River Kings.

F Dean Allison (94)
F Nathan Chen-Mack (94)
F Chris Critchley (93)
G Casey Jantz (96)
F Daniell Lange (95)
F Jarid Lukosevicius (95)
F Corey Renwick (95)
G Evan Roch (92)
G Jeff Smith (95)
F Mark Walton (93)
F Justin White (94)
D Brandon Workun (95)