Sunday, June 30, 2013

Seven BCHL Players Selected at 2013 NHL Draft in New Jersey:

 
AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

The BCHL was represented well at the NHL Draft today in New Jersey as seven players were drafted directly from the league.

Seven players being selected is tied with 2007 as the fourth most players ever chosen directly from the BCHL. The best year ever for the BCHL at the draft is 2003, when 11 players were selected from the league.

Seven is also five more than the next closest league in the Canadian Junior Hockey League as the AJHL and OJHL each had two players chosen. The CCHL had one player picked.

F Adam Tambellini of the Surrey Eagles
3rd round, 65th overall to the New York Rangers  
F David Pope of the West Kelowna Warriors
4th round, 109th overall to the Detroit Red Wings F Evan Campbell of the Langley Rivermen
5th round, 128th overall to the Edmonton Oilers D Dane Birks of the Merritt Centennials
6th round, 164th overall to the Pittsburgh Penguins F Wade Murphy of the Penticton Vees
7th round, 185th overall to the Nashville Predators F Jedd Soleway of the Penticton Vees
7th round, 193rd overall to the Phoenix Coyotes D Nolan De Jong of the Victoria Grizzlies
7th round, 197th overall to the Minnesota Wild Here's the release from the Canadian Junior Hockey League:


Twelve players from the Canadian Junior Hockey League were selected in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft today in Newark, NJ. Adam Tambellini of the Surrey Eagles was drafted in the second round, 65th overall, by the New York Rangers to become this year's highest CJHL draft pick. The BCHL led the CJHL with seven draft picks including Tambellini.

The Pittsburgh Penguins selected three CJHL players in today's draft. The Minnesota Wild also made duplicate selections of CJHL players with two draft picks.

- Adam Tambellini, Surrey (BCHL), 2nd round, 65th overall, New York Rangers
- Matt Buckles, St. Michael's (OJHL), 4th round, 98th overall, Florida Panthers
- David Pope, West Kelowna (BCHL), 4th round, 109th overall, Detroit Red Wings
- Evan Campbell, Langley (BCHL), 5th round, 128th overall, Edmonton Oilers
- Carson Soucy, Spruce Grove (AJHL), 5th round, 137th overall, Minnesota Wild
- Dane Birks, Merritt (BCHL), 6th round, 164th overall, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Mike Williamson, Spruce Grove (AJHL), 6th round, 175th overall, Vancouver Canucks
- Blaine Byron, Smiths Falls (CCHL), 6th round, 179th overall, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Wade Murphy, Penticton (BCHL), 7th round, 185th overall, Nashville Predators
- Jedd Soleway, Penticton (BCHL), 7th round, 193rd overall, Phoenix Coyotes
- Nolan De Jong, Victoria (BCHL), 7th round, 197th overall, Minnesota Wild
- Troy Josephs, St. Michael's (OJHL), 7th round, 209th overall, Pittsburgh Penguins

Fifteen CJHL players were identified in the Final Rankings for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in April. Adam Tambellini was the recipient of the CJHL's Top NHL Prospect Award as the highest ranked CJHL player in the Final Rankings at 42nd on the North American Skaters list.

Kyle Turris of the BCHL's Burnaby Express was drafted 3rd overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and remains the highest ever selection from the CJHL.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

44 BCHL Alumni Included on ECHL Season Ending Rosters:


The East Coast Hockey League released its season ending rosters on June 17th and by my count, there are 44 BCHL alumni included. If there are any corrections, feel free to leave them in the comments section. 

Here's the release from the ECHL website:

The ECHL on Monday announced the Season-Ending Rosters as submitted by each of its member teams.

Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2012-13.

Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than June 30. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2013-14 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to June 30.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player will retain the rights to that veteran until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent. 

Mark Guggenberger, Gerald Coleman, Corey Syvret, William Wrenn, Mike Baran, B.J. Crum, Kane Lafranchise, Dustin Molle, Brad Gorham, Steve Ward, Sean Curry, Scott Howes, Brandon Gentile, Tyler Ruegsegger, Chris Clackson, Garry Nunn, Alex Hudson, Tommy Mele, Evan Trupp, Jordan Kremyr, Tim Hall, Bobby Hughes, Zach Harrison, Spencer Bennett, Andy Taranto, Nick Mazzolini, Alexandre Imbeault, Scott Gomez, Joey Crabb, Brandon Dubinsky, Matt Robinson, Nate Thompson, Chris Bruton
Scott Greenham, Brian Stewart, Erik Burgdoerfer, Kyle Haines, Art Bidlevskii, Chris Haltigin, Scott Enders, Deron Cousens, Ryan Annesley, Scott Freeman, Phil Mangan, Kyle De Laurell, Greg Burgdoerfer, Brett Perlini, Francis Verreault, Jake Morley, Nicholas Tremblay, Brett Lyon, Shawn Skelly, Max Campbell
Taylor Ellington, David MacDonald, Chris Reed, Cam Reid, Jared Gomes, Matt Smyth, Trevor Lewis, Mike Embach, Dan Eves, Mathieu Aubin, Michael Pelech, Francois Bouchard
Adam Brown, Kyle Jones, Arthur Bidwill, Collin Bowman, Jarrett Rush, Isaac Smeltzer, Jason Beatty, Aaron Schneekloth, Jack Combs, A.J. Hau, Teegan Moore, Greg Gardner, Dylan Hood, Kyle Ostrow, Brock Nixon, Michael Forney, Kevin Ulanski, Chad Costello, Trent Daavettila, Steve Haddon, Riley Nelson, Devin DiDiomete
Ian Keserich, Jordon Southorn, Steven Kaunisto, Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel, Dylan Quaile, Cameron Cooper, Justin DaCosta, Kyle Bushee, Ryan Palmer, Andrew Rowe, Brandon Blandina, Matt Carter, Jordan Pietrus, Matt Tassone, Rob Bellamy, Artem Demkov, Chaz Johnson, Kevin Harvey, Jean Bourbeau
Kevin Moore, James Reid, Matt Krug, Dustin Hopfner, Jake Obermeyer, Donnie Harris, Aaron Gens, Jesse Perrin, Nathan Martine, Matt Gens, Daniel Tetrault, Philippe Plante, Peter Sakaris, Colin Reddin, Jason Dale, Dylan Clarke, Mark Cody, Patrick Kennedy, Chris Forfar, Myles McCauley, Darick Ste-Marie, Matt Schepke, Josh Beaulieu, Kevin R. Baker, Todd Robinson, Nathan Moon
Jesse Deckert, Cody Reichard, Bobby Raymond, Mike Cornell, Tyson Gimblett, Mike Ratchuk, Maury Edwards, Olivier Dame-Malka, Brent Henley, Mike Brennan, David Fischer, Mike Merrifield, Corey Trivino , Shawn O'Donnell , Daniel Koger, Adam Brace, Brandon MacLean , Trevor Bruess, Leigh Salters, Brayden Irwin, Patrick Knowlton, Mathieu Roy, Matthew Pistilli, Matt Marquardt, Luc Tardif 
Charlie Effinger, Daniel Maggio, Scott Kishel, Nick Wheeler, Mathieu Gagnon, Jeremy Gates, Tyler Butler, Jamie Milam, Eric Giosa, Matt Firman, Jean-Michel Rizk, John Dunbar, Chris Auger, Mike Hoban, Brandon Marino, Matt Syroczynski, Thomas Beauregard, Kaleigh Schrock, Brett Smith, Colin Chaulk 
Lee Baldwin, Ben Woodley, Bretton Stamler, Mike Marcou, T.J. Reynolds, Shayne Wiebe, Kenndal McArdle, Bretton Cameron, Brendan Connolly, Zach Cohen, Marc-Olivier Vallerand, Steve Mele, Chad Ziegler, Matt Lowry, Brandon Wong, Jeremy Gouchie, Levi Nelson, Sean Berkstresser, Chris Collins, Ashton Rome
Jody O'Neill, Tristin Llewellyn, Sacha Guimond, Ryan Donald, Russ Sinkewich, Tyler Murovich, Yuri Bouharevich, Alex Belzile, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Andy Brandt, Justin Bowers
Patrick Cullity, Gord Baldwin, James Isaacs, Matt Case, Scott Todd, Connor Goggin, Kael Mouillierat, Justin Dowling, Justin Taylor, Rylan Galiardi, David de Kastrozza, Brett Robinson, Austin Fyten, Ian Watters, Tyler Gron, Rob Linsmayer, Adrian Foster, Neil Graham, Ben Ondrus, Nick Johnson, Chad Klassen, Chad Nehring and Ian Lowe
Ryan Daniels, Joel Martin, Kyle Page, Brandon Martell, Mitch Versteeg, Mike Matczak, Joe Charlebois, Elgin Reid, Sam Ftorek, Eric Kattelus, Mike Leone, Tyler Shelast, Dustin Cloutier, Wesley Myron, Kory Karlander, Nick Sirota, Aaron Clarke, John Armstrong, Brett Lysak, Brian Bicek, Dean Strong
Mitch O'Keefe, Joe Fallon, Matt Campanale, Nolan Julseth-White, Jamie Fritsch, Jeff May, Scott Campbell, Carlo Finucci, Eric Lampe, Scott Pitt, Chris Francis, Adam Hughesman, Sean Wiles, Robbie Smith, Josh Lunden, Judd Blackwater, Andrew Sarauer
Mike Condon, Jordan Hill, Paul Mara, Adrian Van de Mosselaer, Matthew Clune, Nick Ebert, Eric Springer, Cameron Burt, Vincent LoVerde, Chris Huxley, David Walker, Brock Sheahan, C.J. Stretch, Everett Sheen, Brodie Sheahan, Brady Calla, Kyle Kraemer, Mario Lamoureux, Jake Hauswirth, Jason Beeman, Chris Cloud, Colton Yellow Horn, Dan DaSilva, D.J. King, Kevin Estrada, Derek Couture
Bryce Merriam, John Curry, Hannu Toivonen, Jason Cohen, Joe Marciano, Mark Nemec, Alain Goulet, Jesse Dudas, Ryan Blair, Derick Martin, Michael Wilson, Bryce Lampman, Mike Liambas, Dale Mahovsky, Brett Hartung, C.J. Severyn, Ryan Berard, Scott Tanski, Nick McParland, Justin Levac, Kyle Beattie, Michael Neal, Dan Dries, Mathew Sisca, Rob Mignardi, Dan Gendur, Chris Lawrence, Ryan Cruthers
Drew MacIntyre, Denny Urban, Adam Comrie, Dominic Jalbert, Bryant Molle, Mark Mitera, Brock Shelgren, Bobby Shea, Ryan O'Byrne, Dave Cowan, Nikita Kashirsky, Julien Cayer, Ethan Cox, Ian O'Connor, Evan Barlow, David Marshall, Kirk MacDonald, Yannick Tifu, Jim McKenzie, Matt Pope, Mikael Bedard, Casey Haines, Jeff LoVecchio, Justin Milo
Rob Kwiet, Mark Isherwood, Dylan King, Simon Danis-Pepin, Scott Langdon, Kory Falite, Nick Czinder, Christian Ouellet, Kris Belan, Brett Findlay, Dean Ouellet, Jordan Morrison, Hans Benson, Peter Sivak
Ryan Zapolski, Jeff Jakaitis, Ryan Grimshaw, Scooter Vaughan, Luka Vidmar, Jake Areshenko, Damon Kipp, Cameron Brodie, Derek Foam, Ryan Lowery, Ryan Turek, Edwin Shea, Kevin Quick, Ryan McGinnis, Johann Kroll, Brett Olson, Alex MacLeod, Andrew Cherniwchan, Eric Alexander, Andrew Sackrison, Robby Dee, Patrick Gaul, Jay Silvia, Peter Boyd, Chris Langkow, Mike Hamilton, Tyler McNeely, Hunter Bishop, Billy Ryan, Sean Dolan, Michael Dorr
Nathan Deck, Mike Little, Daniel Gibb, Nik Pokulok, Shawn Boutin, Tony DeHart, Kevin Noble, Ryan Constant, Jordan Henry, Dan Ringwald, Sebastian Owuya, Brock Matheson, Eric Hunter, Matt Reber, Maxime Boisclair, Gabriel Levesque, Matt Bergland, Ryan Hayes, Andrew Clark, Jesse Fratkin, Ryan Green, Justin Maylan, Yannick Riendeau, Alex Penner, Shawn Weller, Garet Hunt, Harrison Reed, Jordan Fulton
Erik Spady, Joey Ryan, Phil Rauch, Cody Lampl, Phil Oreskovic, Wes O'Neill, Nino Musitelli, Aaron Bogosian, Travis Novak, Joey Martin, Stephon Thorne, Adam Hobson, Kyle Rogers, Randy Rowe
Ben Meisner, Shane Owen, Andrew Engelage, Martin Lee, Jimmy Martin, Cody Carlson, Derek Matheson, Trevor Glass, Josh Burrows, Evan Stoflet, Brad Mills, Brent Gwidt, Alex Tuckerman, Colin Vock, T.J. Battani, Chris Donovan, Berkley Scott, Jordan Clendenning, Ryan Watson, Riley Armstrong, Paul McIlveen, Tommy Maxwell
Scott Darling, Cody Wild, Gentry Zollars, Joe Tolles, Alex Velischek, Tim Corcoran, Zach Hansen, Richie Crowley, Adam Ross, Todd Orlando, Andrew Hotham, Peter Merth, Bobby Farnham, Zack Torquato, Jordy Trottier, Peter Lenes, Matt Germain, Cam Fergus, Chris Barton, Jeff Ryan, Chris Rooney, Chris Higgins, Ben Farrer, Christiaan Minella, Paul Crowder, Denver Manderson, Cody Chupp 

Langley - Blind River Trade:


The Langley Rivermen created a bit of a logjam in goal with the completion of a trade earlier this week with the NOJHL's Blind River Beavers.

The Rivermen already have returning netminders James Barr (93) and Darren Hogg (93) on their roster and also announced the commitment of Anderson Snair (94) earlier this month prior to acquiring Brock Crossthwaite (94) from Blind River in exchange for future considerations.

It'll be interesting to see how it plays out heading into training camp and the 2013-14 season.

To Langley:
G Brock Crossthwaite (94) To Blind River:
Future Considerations

Here's the release from the Rivermen website:

The Langley Rivermen Junior “A” Hockey club has announced a trade with the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. The Rivermen have acquired goaltender Brock Crossthwaite (1994 born) in exchange for future considerations.

Crossthwaite hails from Kanata, Ontario and played in 16 games for Blind River last season and amassed a record of 6-9 with a 3.86 goal against average to go along with a .905 save percentage. Crossthwaite brings a lot of Junior “A” experience to the Rivermen as he has played the last two seasons split between the CCHL and the NOJHL.

“I am very excited for this new opportunity in Langley. I really liked what I have heard about the organization and I am looking forward to advancing my career in the BCHL. From what I see the Rivermen is a team on the rise and I am glad to be a part of it,” said Crossthwaite.

At 6 foot 3, 190 pounds, Crossthwaite takes up a good portion of the net and describes himself as a goaltender that does not give up,

“I like to battle and compete hard every time I am in the net. I know I am a bigger goaltender and try to use my size as an advantage as much as I can, but at the same time I feel I am athletic,” Crossthwaite continued.

Rivermen Assistant Coach Kurt Astle agrees how Crossthwaite describes himself and is looking forward to having him next year,

“Brock has proven to be a competitor that constantly works on his game. Over the past few seasons he has had impressive numbers and has shown the ability to steal games and we feel the experience he brings is huge for us,” Astle said.

Crossthwaite has been to the city of Langley before and even played on Langley Events Centre ice. He was one of two goaltenders for Team East at the CJHL Prospects game that took place at the LEC in November 2011. Crossthwaite noted how impressed he was with the city and the facility here in Langley.

As for team expectations, the ‘Men’s newest acquisition made it clear he wants to win the Fred Page Cup and wants to be a part of a team that wins on a consistent basis. As for personal goals, he not only wants to advance his career to the N.C.A.A. Ranks, but push for ice time as well,

“I am a friendly person and I have no problem with a little friendly competition and I am sure James (Barr) and I will get along just fine. At the end of the day I just want to win and I will try and help the team in any way I can,” Crossthwaite finished.

Monday, June 24, 2013

BCHL Announces 2013-14 Regular Season Schedule:


The BC Hockey League released its 2013-14 schedule earlier today. The season starts on Friday, September 6th with four games at the Bauer BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack. The marquee matchup on opening night is between the Fred Page Cup champion Surrey Eagles and the West Kelowna Warriors.

As for last year's Fred Page Cup runner-up, the Penticton Vees, open the season against the Victoria Grizzlies. The Eagles and Vees play again, with much less at stake this time around, on Saturday, December 7th in Penticton.

In total, 928 games are scheduled between September 6th and March 1st. The complete schedule is available here: http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/schedules.cfm?selectedMonth=9&selectedYear=2013&selectedTeamID=&selectedOfficialID=0&leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&embedLID=2393&embedCID=1413&whichSched=main&mixed=1

SCHEDULE NOTES

Season-Opening Night: Friday, September 6 – Penticton @ Victoria, Merritt @ Coquitlam, Trail @ Langley, Surrey @ West Kelowna – all at the Bauer BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack at Prospera Centre.

First Meeting of 2013 Fred Page Cup Finalists:
Surrey @ Penticton – Saturday, Dec. 7.

Busiest Days: Friday, Oct. 4, Saturday, Oct. 5, Friday, Oct. 11, Friday, Nov. 15, Friday, Feb. 21 – 8 games.
  
Trade Deadline Day: Friday, Jan. 10 – 7 games.

Regular Season Concludes: Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014.

Bob Beatty makes his regular season debut as Cowichan Valley's head coach as the Capitals face Prince George Sept. 7 at the Showcase . . . Beatty's debut at the Island Savings Centre is Sept. 14 as Cowichan Valley welcomes Alberni Valley . . . Barry Wolff returns to the BCHL as Coquitlam's bench boss on Sept. 6 at the Showcase against Merritt . . . Wolff's steps behind the bench at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre for the first time with the Express on Sept. 21 against Langley . . . Peter Schaefer takes the helm of the Eagles as head coach on Sept. 6 at the Showcase versus West Kelowna . . . Schaefer makes his debut as head coach at the South Surrey Arena on Sept. 13, hosting the Rivermen . . . Langley associate coach and assistant GM Jon Calvano faces Coquitlam Sept. 20 at the Langley Events Centre for the first time since being fired by the Express . . . Penticton Vees are the team with the latest home debut – Sept. 27 against Merritt. 

Here's the release from the BC Hockey League's website:

The BCHL has released its regular-season schedule for the 2013-14 campaign.

Visitors to the BCHL website (www.bchl.ca) can find each team's slate of games for the upcoming season or simply view the entire schedule month by month.

Under the 'Scoreboard' menu tab, the 'BCHL Scoreboard' page offers fans a chance to look at the matchups for any given night. By simply using the drop-down menu, users can sort by month and click into each date to see that night's games.

Also under the 'Scoreboard' menu tab, users can view an enire month's worth of games on the 'League Schedule' page simply by clicking whichever month they'd like to see from the horizontal calendar. Here, users can also sort the schedule by team or by division by using the drop-down menu.

The league announced its Bauer BCHL Showcase schedule earlier this month. That event runs Sept. 6 to 8 and those games are included in the regular-season schedule now posted on the website.

The first games after the Showcase will be Friday, Sept. 13 and the regular season concludes on Saturday, March 1.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Chilliwack - Langley Trade:



A familiar name is set to join the Chiefs as the two rivals swung a trade earlier this week. The deal sees forward Ben Butcher (95) go from Langley to Chilliwack in exchange for future considerations.

Of course, Butcher's brother Matt is a legendary Chiefs player who put up 183 points on 72 goals and 111 assists in 165 games from 2003 to 2006.

To Chilliwack:
F Ben Butcher (95)
To Langley:
Future Considerations

Here's the release from the Chiefs website:


The Chilliwack Chiefs have acquired 18 year old forward Ben Butcher from the Langley Rivermen in exchange for future considerations.


Last season, his first in the BCHL, the 6’2, 190 pound power forward recorded 18 points and 41 penalty minutes.



Chiefs Head Coach and GM Harvey Smyl on his latest acquisition, “Ben has very good skill, a strong work ethic and can be very difficult to play against.” 

Ben, who is the brother of former Chilliwack Chiefs Captain Matt Butcher, is thrilled to have the chance to follow in his brother’s footsteps, “I am very excited to have the opportunity to play in Chilliwack, my brother loved it there, I can’t wait to put on the Chiefs jersey.”


Here's the release from the Rivermen blog:


The Langley Rivermen have sent forward Ben Butcher (1995 born) to the Chilliwack Chiefs for future considerations. The deal sees Butcher go to the same organization where his brother Matt spent three seasons under Harvey Smyl and was even drafted to the Vancouver Canucks in 2005.
The Bellingham native had a very up and down campaign with the ‘Men and finished with 10 goals and 8 assists in 54 games. Butcher will be most remembered for scoring five goals in his first four BCHL games including potting a hat-trick (and 2 assists) in the home opener on September 22nd.
The Chiefs are getting a young, skilled forward that is still growing into his 6 foot 2, 190 pound frame. The potential of him being a consistent goal scorer in this league is there, but it is a matter of doing it on a nightly basis, which I would bet is a goal of his going into next season.
Butcher was a great person off the ice and the entire Rivermen organization would like to thank him for his efforts and wish him the best of luck in Chilliwack!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Victoria - West Kelowna Trade:


Based on their roster prior to this trade, the Victoria Grizzlies were going into the 2013-14 season with all 20-year-old spots accounted for, including three in the Fitzgerald triplets.

With this move, which sees D Jaden Schmeisser (93) go from the Grizz to West Kelowna, it gives Victoria Head Coach and GM Bill Bestwick the flexibility to add a 20-year-old player without worrying about subtracting one.

As for the Warriors, they only had two 20-year-olds on their roster (Devon Hascarl and Taylor Graham) and definitely had room to add a veteran on the blueline like Schmeisser for future considerations.

Neither team has confirmed the trade, but it is posted on the BCHL website under "Transactions".

To West Kelowna:
D Jaden Schmeisser (93) To Victoria:
Future Considerations

Cowichan Valley - Drayton Valley Trade:


New GM and Head Coach Bob Beatty continued to put his stamp on the Cowichan Valley Capitals roster on Thursday, by making his fourth trade in just over week.


This time, the Caps acquired F Mason Malkowich (93) from the AJHL's Drayton Valley Thunder in exchange for F Hayden-James Berra (94).

Let's look at the stats.

To Cowichan Valley:
F Mason Malkowich (93) To Drayton Valley:
F Hayden-James Berra (94)
Here's the release from the Caps site:

The Cowichan Capitals have traded the playing rights of Hayden-James Berra to the Drayton Valley Thunder of the AJHL in exchange for the playing rights of 1993 born Mason Malkowich. 

Malkowich played 56 games last season and ended with 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points and 115 PIM.

“Mason is a skilled forward with an extremely high compete level” said Coach Bob Beatty.

“We expect him to add to our offensive punch and add some spark to our line up. He is a smaller guy, but with a big heart.” Malkowich stands 5’6” and weighs in at 160 lbs.

Of Berra, Coach Beatty said, “He is an outstanding young man with great potential. We wish him nothing but success as he moves forward.”

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Nanaimo - Cowichan Valley Trade:


Details were made public today on a bit of an odd trade involving future considerations.

The Nanaimo Clippers acquired forward Taylor Grobowski (94) and goaltender Connor LaCouvee (94) from the Cowichan Valley Capitals in exchange for future considerations.

I know what you may be thinking - Didn't Grobowski play with the Clippers last season? How can they acquire him in a trade from the Capitals?

What we found out today with this trade is that after the season, Nanaimo dealt Grobowski to Cowichan as the future considerations from the December 28th trade that saw goaltender Derek Dun join the Clippers.

Since the Capitals had Grobowski's rights, they decided to move him back to Nanaimo along with LaCouvee.

To Nanaimo:
F Taylor Grobowski (94) G Connor LaCouvee (94) To Cowichan Valley:
Future Considerations

Here's the release from the Clippers website:

The Nanaimo Clippers have acquired 19 year old forward Taylor Grobowski and 19 year old goaltender Connor LaCouvee from the Cowichan Valley Capitals in exchange for future considerations. 

Although Grobowski played for the Clippers during the 2012-2013, his playing rights had been acquired by Cowichan Valley as the future considerations in the trade for Derek Dun. 

Connor played the 2012-2013 season with the Capitals but will now be a member of the Clippers.

Here's the release from the Caps website:

The Cowichan Capitals have transferred the playing rights of Connor LaCouvee to the Nanaimo Clippers for future considerations.

Connor played 20 games for the Capitals last season and finished with a 3.61 GAA and a .904 save percentage.

The Capitals would like to thank Connor for his contributions last season and wish him success as he continues his career in Nanaimo.

Victoria - Georgetown Trade:


For the second time in two days, the Victoria Grizzlies made a pretty significant trade that partially eliminates a logjam in goal and added a big piece to their blueline.

After adding netminder Nic Renyard (94) from Coquitlam late Monday night, the Grizzlies moved goaltender Michael Stiliadis (94) to the Georgetown Raiders for defenseman Alex Adams (93) and future considerations.

To Victoria:
D Alex Adams (93) + Future Considerations

To  Georgetown:
G Michael Stiliadis (94) Here's the release from the Grizzlies website:


The Victoria Grizzlies Junior A Hockey Club is pleased to announce the acquisition of Right Defenseman Alex Adams from the Georgetown Raiders of the OJHL.

Adams is a 3 year veteran measuring in at 6’ 2” and 195 pounds.
Adams was acquired for Goaltender Mike Stiliadis who requested a return to his home Province following the 2012-13 season.

GM and Coach Bestwick commented, “With the recent acquisition of Nic Renyard (Goal) and losing our Captain Zach Urban it was imperative we secured a strong veteran presence on the blue line.  We have done that with this move to add Adams to our blue line.”  Adams will join his teammates for Training Camp commencing August 19th.

The Victoria Grizzlies wish to Thank Mike Stiliadis for his services to the Victoria Grizzlies and wish him much success in his future.

For more information contact Bill Bestwick at 778 676 4338.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Victoria - Fort McMurray - Coquitlam - Penticton Trade:


The BCHL off-season got shaken up in a big way on Tuesday morning as word came out that a multi-team, multi-player trade had gone down between the AJHL's Fort McMurray Oil Barons, the Victoria Grizzlies, the Coquitlam Express and the Penticton Vees.

The day started out with Victoria trading captain and defenseman Zach Urban (93) to Fort McMurray for the rights to defenseman Chris Rygus (93), who was acquired by the Oil Barons as part of the future considerations from the January 10th Brock Maschmeyer to Nanaimo deal.

The Grizzlies then moved Rygus to the Express in exchange for goaltender Nic Renyard (94) after which Coquitlam shipped Rygus to Penticton for future considerations.

So when the dust all settled, Victoria had acquired Renyard, Penticton had acquired Rygus, Fort McMurray had acquired Zach Urban and Coquitlam had acquired future considerations.

To Penticton:
D Chris Rygus (93)
To Victoria:
G Nic Renyard (94)
To Fort McMurray:
D Zach Urban (93)
To Coquitlam:
Future Considerations

Here's the release from the Vees website:

The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce the  acquisition of defenseman Chris Rygus (93) as part of a four-team trade Tuesday morning.

As part of the multi-team transaction, the Vees ended up acquiring Rygus from the Coquitlam Express. Rygus first had his playing rights traded by the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League to the Victoria Grizzlies for fellow defenseman Zach Urban (93).

The Grizzlies then flipped Rygus to the Coquitlam Express for the rights to goaltender and former Vee Nic Renyard (94). The Express as mentioned, then turned around and shipped Rygus to the Vees for future considerations.

Vees Head Coach and General Manager Fred Harbinson says Rygus’ value isn’t just measured on the stat sheet, “Chris brings a wealth of experience to our hockey team; the last 3 years Chris has pushed his teams to play important playoff games in April-May.  Chris adds size, toughness and skill; our team definitely became harder to play against with this acquisition.”

Rygus, 19, just completed his third season of Jr. ‘A’ hockey with the Nanaimo Clippers. The 6’3 rear-guard picked up six goals and 21 points in 55 games, to go along with 88 penalty-minutes. Rygus also scored once in five games at the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup (WCC) in April; the Clippers were the host team for the inaugural event.

Vees fans might be familiar with the Mississauga, Ontario native, as Rygus did play for the Woodstock Slammers of the Maritime Hockey League prior to joining the Clippers last season. The Slammers were the Vees opponent in the 2012 RBC Cup Final in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. Rygus chipped in with 14 points in 41 games for Woodstock in the regular season and played in all of their 25 playoff games, as part of their run to the National Junior ‘A’ Championship tournament.

Rygus will bring plenty of experience and a decorated career with him to Penticton. Rygus has played in over a 160 games at the Jr. ‘A’ level and has participated in the Telus Cup (National Major Midget Championship), Fred Page Cup (East Regional) and Dudley Hewitt Cup (Central Regional), to go along with his RBC and Western Canada Cup appearances.

The entire Vees organization would like to welcome Chris to Penticton and the South Okanagan. Chris and the Vees will open the 2013-2014 season on September 6th in Chilliwack against the Victoria Grizzlies, as part of the BCHL Showcase tournament.

Here's the release from the Grizzlies website:

The Victoria Grizzlies Junior A Hockey Club is pleased to announce the acquisition of Goalie Nic Renyard from the Coquitlam Express in a three team trade.

Renyard played two seasons for the Penticton Vees and was secured by the Grizzlies late Monday evening.

The Grizzlies traded 2012-13 Captain Zach Urban to the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in exchange for Chris Rygus.   Rygus was then traded to the Express for Renyard, who was the future player sent to Coquitlam for John Siemer.

Grizzlies GM and Head Coach Bill Bestwick is elated to bring home Victoria product Renyard, “Nic has been a # 1 priority this off season and to bring him back to Victoria is great news for our team and fans of the Grizzlies.”

The Victoria Grizzlies Management and Coaching staff wish to Thank Zach Urban for his services to Victoria and wish him much success in his future.

For more information contact Bill Bestwick at 778 676 4338.

2013 BCHL Showcase Schedule Released:


With just 87 days to go until the 2013-14 BCHL season begins, the league released the schedule for the 2nd annual Showcase event from September 6 - 8 at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.

A cool feature of the Showcase is that each game features a non-divisional match-up. 

Here's the release from the BCHL website:

The BCHL has finalized the schedule for September's Bauer BCHL Showcase, being hosted for the second consecutive year at Chilliwack's Prospera Centre.

The Showcase schedule was an item on the recent BCHL annual general meeting last week in Richmond.

Each club will play two games that count towards the regular season standings. Last year at the inaugural event, there were close to 200 scouts from the college and professional ranks taking in the action.

The 2013 event runs from Friday, Sept. 6 to Sunday, Sept. 8. Games will be split between Prospera Centre's main and secondary sheets of ice.

Bauer Showcase Schedule (home team listed second in each matchup):

Friday, Sept. 6:

3:30 p.m. - Secondary Rink - Penticton Vees vs. Victoria Grizzlies
4:00  p.m. - Main Rink -  Merritt Centennials vs. Coquitlam Express
7:00 p.m. - Secondary Rink - Trail Smoke Eaters vs. Langley Rivermen
7:30 p.m. - Main Rink - Surrey Eagles vs. West Kelowna Warriors

Saturday, Sept. 7:

11:30 a.m. - Secondary Rink - Vernon Vipers vs. Surrey Eagles
12:00 p.m. - Main Rink - Victoria Grizzlies vs. Salmon Arm SilverBacks
3:00 p.m. - Secondary Rink - West Kelowna Warriors vs. Nanaimo Clippers
3:30 p.m. - Main Rink - Alberni Valley Bulldogs vs. Penticton Vees
6:30 p.m. - Secondary Rink - Prince George Spruce Kings vs. Cowichan Valley Capitals
7:00 p.m. - Main Rink - Powell River Kings vs. Chilliwack Chiefs

Sunday, Sept. 8:

10:30 a.m. - Secondary Rink - Salmon Arm SilverBacks vs. Powell River Kings
11:00 a.m. - Main Rink - Coquitlam Express vs. Alberni Valley Bulldogs
2:00 p.m. - Secondary Rink - Nanaimo Clippers vs. Prince George Spruce Kings
2:30 p.m. - Main Rink - Cowichan Valley Capitals vs. Trail Smoke Eaters
5:30 p.m. - Secondary Rink - Langley Rivermen vs. Merritt Centennials
6:00 p.m. - Main Rink - Chilliwack Chiefs. vs. Vernon Vipers

Salmon Arm - Whitecourt Trade:


The Salmon Arm SilverBacks added some veteran leadership to their forward group with a trade that became public today, but was completed almost a week and a half ago.

The Backs acquired 20-year-old forward Colten Meaver from the AJHL's Whitecourt Wolverines in exchange for future considerations.

Meaver isn't a huge player, but he's put up decent numbers through two seasons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and got into 15 playoff games this past season with Whitecourt. He is just the fourth 1993-born player on Salmon Arm's roster, so I'm thinking SilverBacks GM Troy Mick is looking at Meaver to play a leadership/veteran role for his young team.

Neither team has confirmed the trade via social media or on their websites, but it is posted under "Transactions" on the BCHL website and the Wolverines retweeted me when I tweeted about the trade on Monday morning.

To Salmon Arm:
F Colten Meaver (93)
To Whitecourt:
Future Considerations

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Langley Rivermen - Where Are They Now?


Ryan Bakken Richard Coyne Darnell Dyck Peter McMullen Stephen Saretsky G James Kruger

Four BCHL Players Chosen in 2013 NAHL Draft:


I missed posting this last Tuesday, but four current BCHL players were chosen in this year's NAHL entry draft and all four were chosen by the newly located Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. The Killer Bees are the displaced Wenatchee Wild, who moved to South Texas after an agreement couldn't be reached with the Toyota Town Centre in Wenatchee. (Of course, the Fresno Monsters subsequently relocated to Wenatchee to become the "new" Wild franchise.)

Three of the four players also were chosen from the Langley Rivermen while the fourth came from the Powell River Kings.

Just like the USHL draft last month, being chosen doesn't necessarily mean the players will leave their BCHL clubs and head south, it just means their rights now belong to an NAHL team if they decide to move to that league. Their BCHL team would continue to hold their Canadian junior 'A' rights.

Langley F Trevor Cope (4th round, 94th overall to the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees) Langley F Ben Butcher (6th round, 136th overall to the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees) Langley F Matt Ustaski (9th round, 177th overall to the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees) Powell River F Drew Dorantes (10th round, 186th overall to the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees)

Cowichan Valley Capitals - Where Are They Now?


Cody Adams Nick Anderson Steven Axford Daniel Bell Ryne Bodger Greg Brown Matthew Brown Luke Cain Matt Cassidy Jacob Charles Andrew Christ Brandon Clark Willie Coetzee Brett Corcoran Zack Currie Winston Day Chief Spencer Edwards Matt Ellison Chris Frank Alexandre Gagné Devin Gannon Jackson Garrett Curtis Gedig Jimmy Geerin Chad Gehon Alex Gellert Dan Gendur Ryan Green Alex Halloran Mike Hammond Cameron Hoffman Chad Hohmann Taylor Holst Kyle Hood Joseph Hughes Brayden Irwin Scott Jacklin Marcel Juhasz Brian Kang Sanfred King Geoff Kinrade Adam Knopp Brett Knowles Trevor Kordyban Chapen LeBlond Kevin Lourens Brendon MacDonald Mitch MacMillan Joey Massingham Tyler Matheson Aaron McGill Corbin McPherson Shawn Mueller Garry Nunn Ryan Pajimola Anthony Perdicaro Clinton Pettapiece Yann Poirier Dustin Popowich Josh Primeau Logan Proulx Bryce Reddick Matt Ridley Darrin Robak Brooks Robinson Casey Rogers Stephen Saretsky Robin Sochan Justin Sotkowy Ryan Stanimir Evan Stibbard Shayne Taker Richard Vanderhoek Kevin Walrod Karl Weberg Nicholas Wong Chris Zaires G Tim Boron G Michael Doan G Colin Fernandes G Torrie Jung G Taylor Pears G Alexandre Peck G Chris Rawlings G Kiefer Smiley G Riley Whitlock