Saturday, August 31, 2013

Penticton - Surrey Trade:

The Penticton Vees made a trade on Friday which saw the remaining member of their defence from 2012-13 leave the team.

The Vees traded 17-year-old Brayden Park to the Surrey Eagles for future considerations. As a result, Penticton has a completely new blueline for this season.

The deal hasn't been announced on either team's website, but Park is now on the Eagles roster and it's also on the BCHL site under "Transactions".

To Surrey Eagles:
D Brayden Park (96) To Penticton Vees:
Future Considerations

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cowichan - Dauphin Trade:

OK, we know the Cowichan Capitals and Dauphin Kings of the MJHL have made a trade, but it's very unclear exactly what's involved in it.

Most certainly, 18-year-old defenseman Nathan Deyell is off to Dauphin as he's the only consistent piece I've seen reported regarding the deal, however, the question is whether or not the Caps also traded 18-year-old forward Mitch Crisanti and received 19-year-old forward Sutton Olson.

Yesterday, the Capitals posted the following on their website:

The Cowichan Capitals have traded the playing rights of Nathan Deyell and Mitch Crisanti to the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations. Nathan came to the Capitals last season from the Penticton Vees, while Crisanti arrived in the off season, completing the Teal Burns trade with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. The Capitals would like to thank them both for their contributions while they were here and we wish them the very best in the future hockey aspirations.

And today, the BCHL posted this on its' website under "Transactions":

The Cowichan Capitals Hockey Club have acquired the CJHL Playing Rights to Sutton Olson(94)(F) and future considerations from the Dauphin Kings of the MJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Nathan Deyell(95)(D)

For now, I'm actually going to combine the two trades as they were announced, assuming that there's an error on one of them.

To Cowichan Capitals:
F Sutton Olson (94) + Future Considerations

To Dauphin Kings:
F Mitch Crisanti (94) D Nathan Deyell (95)

West Kelowna - Swan Valley Trade:

The West Kelowna Warriors had a glut of veteran junior goaltenders in training camp and they made a move on Tuesday to alleviate that glut by trading 20-year-old Cole Holowenko to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Swan Valley Stampeders for future considerations.

Holowenko didn't play junior 'A' hockey in 2012-13, starting the season with the WHL's Everett Silvertips before signing with the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats after Everett released the Penticton native. His last junior 'A' game was a playoff loss to Vernon while with the Warriors back on March 15, 2011.

Neither team has officially released anything about the trade, but it is posted on both "Transactions" pages for the BCHL and the MJHL.

To Swan Valley Stampeders:
G Cole Holowenko (93) To West Kelowna Warriors:
Future Considerations

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Trail - Winkler Trade:

20-year-old defenseman Curtis Toneff trades one black and orange jersey for another as he's been acquired by the Trail Smoke Eaters from the Winkler Flyers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Toneff is a solid addition for Smokies Head Coach and GM Bill Birks as he's a veteran of 118 junior A games and put up his best offensive season in 2012-13, notching 28 points in 56 games.

Neither team has put out an official release on the deal, but as I Tweeted yesterday, it is posted on the BCHL website under "Transactions".

To Trail Smoke Eaters:
D Curtis Toneff (93) To Winkler Flyers:
Future Considerations

Dustin Scafe Hired As Merritt Centennials Play-By-Play Announcer:

(Scafe in the booth broadcasting a KIJHL game during the 2010-11 season)

Big time congrats are in order for Dustin Scafe, who late this afternoon was announced as the replacement for Graham Turnbull as the play-by-play announcer with the Merritt Centennials.

Turnbull was hired just last week as the Vernon Vipers play-by-play man, which caused Q101 Program Manager Taylor Landry to immediately look for a replacement in time for the BCHL Showcase and the Cents first regular season broadcast on Friday, September 6th vs. Coquitlam.

Scafe is only 22 years old, but already has three seasons of play-by-play under his belt. He started in 2010-11 doing games for the KIJHL's Sicamous Eagles before calling games for two Fort St. John teams (the Huskies of the NWJHL and the Flyers of the NPHL) and then moving on to the Melfort Mustangs and Nipawin Hawks of the SJHL.

I haven't seen a media release distributed regarding Scafe's hiring, but Q101 in Merritt did issue this Tweet:

Sunday, August 25, 2013

BCHL Roster Rules for 2013-14:

Just like last off-season, the BC Hockey League announced a number of changes to rosters after the AGM in June, and I thought I'd recap them and the other rules as we are just weeks away from the start of the 2013-14 season.

These are directly from various sections of the BCHL website. My comments are in italics after the rule.
- The BCHL Roster limit is 22 players at any time, 20 of which are eligible to dress and participate in any regular season or playoff game. (Same as it was in 2012-13.)
- An injured player can be placed on long-term injured reserve and another brought in to fill that spot. (Same as 2012-13.)
- Teams must have a minimum of two players 17-years-old or younger on their active roster. Failure to comply would result in the offending team losing a roster spot for each player under that minimum. (Also same as it was in 2012-13.)
- A team may only have seven import players on their roster at any one time and may sign maximum of 12 during a season. An import is defined as an American-born player. No Canadian-born players who are age-eligible to play in any Junior A leagues across the country are considered imports. (This drops to six import players in 2014-15. Previously, any players who were registered in a branch outside of BC were considered imports. Also, an import player is now considered an import for his entire junior A career.)
- A maximum of 17 "veteran" players may dress in any single game. (Meaning a team must dress a minimum of 3 "rookie" players in each game.)
- Once a player has signed a CHA playing certificate (also known as a "card"), players are bound by the regulations of Hockey Canada and movement to other teams is restricted. (When players are "traded", the actual process is that they've been released by their current team with the agreement that they'll be signed to a CHA playing certificate by their new team.)

- Creation of a "not-in-good-standing" list for players refusing to report to a team after a CJHL Player Transfer Agreement. (If players don't report after being traded, they'll receive this new designation. Not sure what the implications are of the "not-in-good-standing" list, but it's a start.)

West Kelowna - Flin Flon Trade:

With Tanner Burgart and Steve Myland on their roster and former BCHLer Cole Holowenko in training camp, the West Kelowna Warriors added yet another goaltender to the mix today with the acquisition of the CJHL rights to 19-year-old Andy Desautels from the MJHL's Flin Flon Bombers for future considerations.

Desautels hasn't played junior A hockey since the 2011-12 season, when he played 25 games in Flin Flon, finishing with a 3.64 goals-against-average and an .899 save percentage. He played 13 games with the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders last season, garnering a 2-7-0-1 record with a 4.01 goals-against-average and an .873 save percentage.

There's been no mention of the deal from either West Kelowna or Flin Flon, but it is listed on the BCHL webpage under "Transactions".

To West Kelowna Warriors:
G Andy Desautels (94) To Flin Flon Bombers:
Future Considerations

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Powell River - Winnipeg Trade:

The Powell River Kings made a huge move on Friday, acquiring one of the top 18-year-olds in the CJHL from the Winnipeg Blues.

The deal sees the Kings acquire forward Kurt Keats from Winnipeg in exchange for 19-year-old forward Landon Robin, 20-year-old forward Matt Dupont, 20-year-old defenseman Jordan Paddock and future considerations.

It's a big bounty for Powell River to pay for just one player, but Keats point totals in the MJHL (96 points in 106 games) at his age show that he is expected to be a pretty big cog in the Kings wheel this season.

To Powell River Kings:
F Kurt Keats (95) To Winnipeg Blues:
F Matt Dupont (93) D Jordan Paddock (93) F Landon Robin (94) + Future Considerations

Here's the release from the Kings:

The Powell River Kings have acquired 1995-born forward Kurt Keats from the Winnipeg Blues in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. In exchange, the Kings send Jordan Paddock (93-D), Matt Dupont (93-F), Landon Robin (94-F) and future considerations to the Blues.

Keats, from Winnipeg, has played for the Blues the last two years, playing in 106 games, scoring 25 times and adding 71 assists. He also suited up for Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge in Nova Scotia in 2012, where he played 4 games and scored 1 goal on route to a silver medal. In Powell River, he will be reunited with his Canada West teammates Luke Ripley and Jonah Imoo.

"It was the experience of a lifetime (playing at the WJAC)" says Keats. The 5'8, 170lb forward who was also a part of Team West for the World Under 17 Championships in 2011/2012 considers himself a setup man.

"I'd say I'm a playmaker, I like to work the puck down low and cycle the puck" says Keats. His near point-per-game performance has been consistant throughout his entire career, and is something he's hoping to continue with in Powell River. "Hopefully it translates over, obviously looking to have a good year and put up some good numbers for the Kings."

The trade came at a high cost for the Kings, who gave up experience, with a pair of 20 year olds heading east, in addition to the 19-year old Robin.

"This was a very difficult decision to make" says Kings Head Coach and GM Kent Lewis. "We are losing some great kids who gave a lot to our organization. However, we felt that we needed to fill a void at the center position and we feel Kurt is exactly the type of player we wanted to add. We would like to welcome Kurt to our orgainzation and are looking forward to his arrival to Powell River."

Keats will make the trip from Winnipeg to Powell River in the coming days, likely in time for exhibition games on the lower mainland during the Labour Day long weekend. He's looking forward to getting settled in a new town for the first time.

"All the guys I've talked to about the Kings just had so many good things to say about the town and the team, they're always a competitive team, always in the playoff hunt and definately a place I want to be."

The Kings would like to thank Jordan, Matt and Landon for all of their work both on and off the ice during their time in Powell River.

Surrey - Trenton Trade:

With Michael Santaguida moving on to college and Glenn Ferguson traded, the Surrey Eagles faced entering the season with 16-year-old Bo Didur as the only goaltender on their roster.

Surrey Head Coach and GM Peter Schaefer alleviated those concerns somewhat with the acquisition of veteran 20-year-old netminder Victor Adamo from the Trenton Golden Hawks for future consideration.

Adamo is entering his fourth season of junior A hockey, after spending the last three in the Ontario Junior Hockey League with the now-defunct Vaughan Vipers and then Trenton.

Neither the Golden Hawks nor Eagles have released anything that I could find about the trade, but it is posted on the BCHL website under "Transactions".

To Surrey Eagles:
G Victor Adamo (93) To Trenton Golden Hawks:
Future Considerations

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Graham Turnbull Hired as New Vernon Vipers Play-By-Play Voice:

(Turnbull in the booth during a Cents game last season)

The changes in the broadcast booths of the BC Hockey League continued today with word that Merritt Centennials play-by-play man Graham Turnbull has been hired by the Vernon Vipers as broadcaster for the upcoming season.

As the guy who brought Graham to Merritt for his BCIT internship back in 2011 and then hired him to do the afternoon show later that same year, I couldn't be happier for him to get the opportunity to call the RBC Cup tournament next Spring as the Vipers host.

It's interesting to note that Graham is the second straight Vipers announcer to move to Vernon after calling games in Merritt as ten years ago this off-season, Todd Miller left the Centennials and Radio NL (as Q101 was known at the time) to call games with the Vipers.

There's now a play-by-play vacancy in Merritt where Q101 Program Manager Taylor Landry is accepting applications to In addition to the Centennials' broadcast position being vacant, Surrey, Langley and Trail have yet to announce new voices for the upcoming season.

In total, seven of the BCHL's sixteen teams have new announcers in the booth in 2013-14.

Here's the release from Vernon's website:

The Vernon Vipers are pleased to announce the hiring of Graham Turnbull as the club’s new play by play broadcaster for the coming season.  Graham spent last season with the Merritt Centennials while calling games on Q101 FM in Merritt.

The 27 year old Kamloops native is a 2011 graduate of The British Columbia Institute of Technology’s broadcast radio program and has also spent time with the Chase Chiefs of the KIJHL.

Due to previous commitments Graham will finish up his time with the Centennials during the exhibition season and join the Vipers in time for the beginning of the regular season at the BCHL Bauer Showcase in Chilliwack on September 7 vs Surrey

The broadcast position was left vacant by Todd Miller’s move to Assistant General Manager early last month.

For more information please contact the Viper Office at 250-542-6022.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Trail - Prince George Trade:

The Prince George Spruce Kings gave themselves some flexibility in terms of 20-year-old players today by sending forward Tyson Witala to the Trail Smoke Eaters today for future consideratons.

The Spruce Kings announced the deal on their Facebook page:

Prince George and Trail have agreed to a trade that will see Tyson Witala head to the Smoke Eaters in exchange for future considerations.

The following clip was also featured tonight on CKPG Sports:


Here's how the deal breaks down:

To Trail Smoke Eaters:
F Tyson Witala (93)
To Prince George Spruce Kings:
Future Considerations

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Merritt Centennials - Where Are They Now?

Ryan Aynsley Jake Baker Tyler Barr Ryne Bodger Blaine Bokenfohr John Bokla Brad Bourke Chad Brears Cameron Brodie Brandon Campos Josh Caron Daniel Chang Brandon Clark Anthony Collins Kameran Crawford Lucas Daoust Scott Ford Paul Forster Jesse Fratkin Casey Fratkin Devin Gannon Curtis Gedig Chad Gehon Sam Gemmell Alex Goodship Mike Hamilton Thomas Hardy Jordon Harrison Dylan Herold Derek Hills Devon Hobbs Aaron Hoffman Jeff Jones Mitch Jones Brian Kang Michael Kowalczyk Kyle L'Arrivee Bryan Leitch H.T. Lenz Trevor Lindros Mitch Lutz Wade MacLeod Alexander MacMillan Billy Marshall Thierry Martine Matt Mazzarolo Joey McEwan Sean Menton Blake O'Connor Mike Ouellette Ben Payne Brandon Pfeil Casey Pierro-Zabotel Benoit Quessandier Blair Riley Casey Rogers Mike Salekin Carter Shinkaruk Brett Short Dave Simoes Jordan Soquila Evan Stack Ryan Stanimir Alessio Tomassetti Steve Tresierra Alex Valenti Jacob Verheyden Matt Waddell Reece Willcox Jon-Paul Witkop Brandon Wong Jordan Zalba Lino Chimienti (G) Graeme Gordon (G) Jon Groenheyde (G) Shane Mainprize (G) Harrison May (G) Brad Thiessen (G) Riley Wall (G)

Dustin Forbes Hired as Play-By-Play Voice of Cowichan Valley Capitals:

(Forbes calling an SJHL game during the 2012-13 season)

The Cowichan Valley Capitals, along with 89.7 Sun FM in Duncan, announced yesterday that 2012 BCIT Broadcast and Online Journalism grad Dustin Forbes is their new play-by-play announcer.

Forbes spent last season as play-by-play announcer for the SJHL's La Ronge Ice Wolves before stepping down this past March to return to BC for family reasons.

Check out Dustin's new Capitals blog on the right side of the page.

Here's the release from 89.7 Sun FM:

The new voice of the BCHL’s Cowichan Capitals is Vancouver Island native Dustin Forbes!

Originally from the Comox Valley, Dustin grew up wanting to be a play by play guy and got his first shot at the age of 17 broadcasting for the Comox Valley Glacier Kings of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League while working for Vista Radio at 98.9 JetFM.

After two years with both the Glacier Kings and JetFM, Dustin went off to attend the Broadcast Journalism program at BCIT where he graduated alongside 89.7 SUN FM News Director Liz Craig. While attending school at BCIT, Dustin did the play by play for the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s Richmond Sockeyes for two seasons, along with covering the Western Hockey League’s Chilliwack Bruins and Victoria Royals.

Post graduation, Dustin worked as the Media Relations/Communications guy for the Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association before heading off to La Ronge, Saskatchewan where he was the play play guy for the La Ronge Ice Wolves of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League where he worked with now Cowichan Capitals Head Coach and General Manager, Bob Beatty.

Entering his sixth season of doing play by play, Dustin is extremely excited about the new challenge that lies ahead while bringing you every single Caps game this season live on 89.7 SUN FM.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Look Back - 2011 BCHL Affiliate Draft:

Back in 2011, the BCHL Governors voted to hold a 15-year-old Affiliate Draft in October of that year. The draft consisted of two rounds, with each team eligible to select two players.

With two years passing since the draft, I thought it would be interesting to have a look back at the selections and see where they are now, as they enter their 17-year-old year of hockey.

Of the 29 players selected, 16 (Revel, Meek, Dombrovskiy, Lang, Foyle, Mennear, Gropp, Hewson, Stadel, Povelofskie, Simpson, Skapski, York, Friesen, Millar and Mick) have played at least one game in the BCHL and 12 (Revel, Meek, Lang, Foyle, Mennear, Hewson, Stadel, Povelofskie, Skapski, Friesen, Millar and Mick) played at least one game with the team that drafted them.

Seven players wound up playing with or committing to teams other than the one which draft them (Meek, Dombrovskiy, Simpson, Gropp, Hewson, Povelofskie, Dillon and Yorke)

At 59 games played, Trail Smoke Eaters forward Mitch Foyle has played the most BCHL games among all drafted players and also the most with the original team that drafted him. Vernon's Logan Mick has the next most with the team that drafted him at 49 games played.

1. Prince George - Kenny Nordstorm 2. Chilliwack - Matthew Revel 3. Cowichan Valley - Mitchell Meek 4. Merritt - Rhett Willcox 5. Coquitlam - Viktor Dombrowskiy 6. Alberni Valley - Chase Lang 7. Nanaimo - Nicolais Gomerich 8. Trail - Mitchell Foyle 9. Victoria - Ryan Kelm 10. Langley - Ryan Simpson 11. West Kelowna - Brett Mennear 12. Surrey - Ryan Gropp 13. Salmon Arm - Spencer Hewson 14. Penticton - Riley Stadel 15. Vernon - Steven Alldridge 16. Powell River - PASS

17. Prince George - Tyler Povelofskie 18. Chilliwack - Mitchell Skapski 19. Cowichan Valley - PASS

20. Merritt - Zachary Sanderson 21. Coquitlam - Tyler Sandhu 22. Alberni Valley - Alec Dillon 23. Nanaimo - Liam Shaw 24. Trail - Jeff Rayman 25. Victoria - Austin Scanks 26. Langley - Dalton Yorke 27. Westside - Gen Bryshun 28. Surrey - Mitchell Friesen 29. Salmon Arm - Joe Hicketts 30. Penticton - Graham Millar 31. Vernon - Logan Mick 32. Powell River - PASS

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Nanaimo - Longueuil Trade:

The Nanaimo Clippers added a skilled forward to their roster on Tuesday, acquiring 18-year-old Devin Brosseau from Longueuil Collège Français of the QJAAAHL for future considerations.

I don't know a whole lot about Brosseau, but his stats from 2012-13 as a 17-year-old are definitely impressive, including a +15 rating.

To Nanaimo Clippers:
F Devin Brosseau (95) To Longueuil Collège Français:
Future Considerations

Here's the release from the Clippers:

The Nanaimo Clippers are pleased to announce the acquisition of 18 year old forward Devin Brosseau from the Longueuil College Francais of the Quebec Junior ‘AAA’ Hockey League.  Last season the St. Lambert, Quebec native helped Longueuil win the QJAAAHL Championship and advance to the Fred Page Cup in Truro, Nova Scotia.  The 6’1” 185lb left winger scored 19 goals and added 18 assists for 37 points in 45 games.

Coach Vandekamp:  “We are very excited to add a young, talented forward such as Devin to our lineup.  He will add speed and skill to our forward group.  We know that Devin is very committed to improving as a player and eventually reaching his goal of playing NCAA Division 1 Hockey.  We are looking forward to helping him reach those goals.  We would like to welcome Devin and his Family to the Clippers Family and look forward to seeing him at Main Camp on August 20th."

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Merritt - Powell River Trade:

For the third time in 22 months, Merritt Centennials GM and Head Coach Luke Pierce hooked up with his counterpart in Powell River which sees Kent Lewis trade 18-year-old forward James Neil to the Nicola Valley for future considerations.

The Cents lost a significant amount of depth at forward due to graduating players and college commitments, and Neil likely gets a chance to step into a top six role with Merritt.

To Merritt Centennials:
F James Neil (95) To Powell River Kings:
Future Considerations

Here's the release from the Cents:

The Merritt Centennials have completed a trade with the Powell River Kings of the BCHL Island Divison.

The Cents have acquired forward James Neil (95) from the Kings in exchange for future considerations.

The six foot Neil brings 2 years of BCHL experience. He had 20 points in 50 games with Powell River last season.

"We are excited to add James to our roster this season," says Centennial Head Coach and GM Luke Pierce.  "He comes with two years of BCHL experience which will help make up for some of the experience we are losing with departures from last year's team.  James has great size and has proven in his past that he can be an elite scorer."

"We are confident that a fresh start here in Merritt will give his career a boost and we look forward to having him join our group at our upcoming camp on the 19th," Pierce added.

Centennials training camp begins Monday August 19th at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

And the Kings:

The Powell River Kings made a trade Monday, sending 1995-born forward James Neil to the Merritt Centennials in exchange for future considerations.

Neil, from White Rock, came to the Kings as a 16-year old in 2011 from the BCMML's Valley West Hawks. In 113 regular season and playoff games with the Kings, Neil scored 12 goals and added 22 assists.

The Kings would like to thank James for his contributions on and off the ice for the Kings organization and the Powell River community. The team wishes him the best with the Merritt Centennials.

Salmon Arm - Fort McMurray Trade:

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks added a significant piece to their blueline with the addition of 20-year-old Zach Urban from the AJHL's Fort McMurray Oil Barons for 20-year-old Colten Meaver.

Word is that Urban wanted to stay closer to home and play in BC, if it's true, kudos to the Oil Barons for accommodating.

To Salmon Arm SilverBacks:
D Zach Urban (93) To Fort McMurray Oil Barons:
F Colten Meaver (93) Here's the release from the SilverBacks website:

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks have completed a trade with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Fort McMurray Oil Barons.

The SilverBacks have acquired defenseman Zach Urban (93) from the Oil Barons in exchange for forward Colten Meaver (93).

The six-foot three Urban is a veteran of 118 BCHL regular-season games with Powell River, Vernon, Penticton and Victoria, winning a BCHL Fred Page Cup, Doyle Cup and RBC Cup with his hometown Penticton Vees during the 2011-12 season. Last season, as captain of the Victoria Grizzlies, Urban scored 23 points (3-20) and had 83 penalty minutes in 54 games played. He added 2 goals and 4 points in 10 playoff games, including a series-winning overtime goal against the Powell River Kings.

“Anytime you can add a player who has won an RBC it’s a good thing,” said SilverBacks head coach/general manager Troy Mick. “You can’t recruit those types of players as it is earned by playing until early May and now our backend just got a lot tougher to play against.”

“Zach is going to be a great addition to our hockey club. He can play in all situations and obviously by being a captain in this league brings that veteran leadership to the dressing room. He has been where we want to go and he knows the sacrifices it will take to get there,” Mick added.

Meaver, a 20 year-old native of Edmonton, was acquired by the SilverBacks earlier this summer from the AJHL’s Whitecourt Wolverines.

Urban will report to SilverBacks training camp beginning Sunday, August 18th in Salmon Arm.

For more information, please contact the SilverBacks Hockey Operations office at 250-832-3856 Ext 106.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Cowichan Valley - Dauphin Trade:

If you include returnees and new recruits, the Cowichan Valley Capitals had way too many players heading into the upcoming season and new GM and Head Coach Bob Beatty made a move to alleviate the surplus of players by trading forward Jamie Waddington and defenseman Brett Seldon to the MJHL's Dauphin Kings for future considerations.

To Dauphin Kings:
F Jamie Waddington (94) D Brett Seldon (94) To Cowichan Valley Capitals:
Future Considerations

Here's the release from the Kings' website:

The Dauphin Kings continued to add to their line up by adding two experienced 19 year olds from the BCHL.

Jamie Waddington hails from Coquitlam, BC.  In 51 games last season with the Cowichan Valley Capitals, he picked up 8 goals and 17 points. The 5’10” 160lb forward is highly skilled and will add some scoring punch to the Kings line up.

At 6’3” 205lbs, Brett Seldon will add some size and sandpaper to the Kings defence corp. Seldon has over 140 games of junior hockey experience, having played in both the OJHL and BCHL over his career.  Originally from Thornhill, ON, Seldon is the type of player that thrives in the tough area of the arena.

“These are two players that we feel will complement the pieces we already have in place.” said Kings Head Coach/GM Marlin Murray. “Waddington increases our overall team speed and skill level, and Seldon obviously adds size and makes our defensive zone a tougher place for the opposition to play. Add to that the fact they’re both 94’s and could be 2 year guys with our hockey club, we’re looking forward to seeing them both in a Kings jersey this season.”

The Dauphin Kings would like to welcome Brett and Jamie and their families to the Kings organization.

Langley Riverman Play-By-Play Man Brandon Astle Named Voice of the Abbotsford Heat:

(Photo credit: Abbotsford Heat)

Another BCHL broadcast position became open Monday when the Abbotsford Heat announce that Brandon Astle joined the team as Play-by-Play Broadcaster and Media Relations Coordinator for the upcoming season. As a result, Astle leaves the broadcast booth at the Langley Events Centre and with the Langley Rivermen.

The Rivermen are the sixth BCHL team to have a new voice in the booth for 2013-14, joining Trail, Cowichan Valley, Vernon, Salmon Arm and Surrey. Of the six, only the Silverbacks have announced who is calling their games this year as Chris Wahl made the move from Trail to Salmon Arm.

With just 25 days to go before the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack, I'd expect the five teams to make announcements pretty quickly.

Here's the release from the Heat:

The Abbotsford Heat announced today that Brandon Astle has been named Play-by-Play Broadcaster and Media Relations Coordinator for the 2013-14 American Hockey League (AHL) season.

Astle joins the Heat after five seasons with Langley Chiefs/Rivermen of the BC Junior Hockey League (BCHL), where he broadcasted more than 300 games at the BCHL level. Brandon also served as play-by-play broadcaster for the World Junior A Challenge Tournament in 2011.

Heat President Ryan Walter said: “We are excited to have Brandon as a part of our team. He has great knowledge of hockey in British Columbia and will bring a new energy to our broadcasts this season. We look forward to hearing him call Heat games this year.”

“Being the voice of a professional hockey team has been a dream of mine since I was young and I cannot wait for my first broadcast,” said Astle. “My goal is to keep Heat fans in the Fraser Valley and surrounding areas actively engaged by delivering the latest team news in an energetic manner. I look forward to be working closely with Mr. Walter, Coach Ward, and the rest of the organization as the Heat continue to become a strong community entity. I would like to thank the Rivermen, Chiefs, BCHL, and the passionate fans of Langley for their fantastic support over the years.”

The Heat will announce their home station for radio broadcasts in the coming weeks. Last season, Heat games were broadcast online on

Surrey - Kingston Trade:

For the second time this off-season, 20-year-old forward Patrick Chore has been traded. First he was part of that huge series of four deals between the Surrey Eagles and OJHL's Oakville Blades that saw his twin brother Eric also join the Eagles.

Now Chore is on his way back to the OJHL after Surrey GM and Head Coach Peter Schaefer moved him and futures to the Kingston Voyageurs for another former BCHLer, 20-year-old forward Braeden Russell.

Nothing on either team's website about the deal, but it is listed under "Transactions" on the BCHL website.

To Surrey Eagles:
F Braeden Russell (93) To Kingston Voyageurs:
F Patrick Chore (93) + Future Considerations

Penticton - Winnipeg Trade:

The Penticton Vees added some veteran experience to their blueline with the acquisition of 18-year-old defenseman Paul Stoykewych from the MJHL's Winnipeg Blues for soon-to-be 20-year-old forward Jordan McCallum and future considerations.

Despite being a 1995 birth year, Stoykewych has extensive junior A experience, having played two seasons already in the MJHL. Brayden Park is the lone returning blueliner for Penticton, so it's not really a surprise that GM and Head Coach Fred Harbinson acquired another defenseman. By subtracting a 20-year-old player in McCallum, it also gives Harbinson another roster spot if he wants to add a 20-year-old later in the season, without having to remove one from his roster.

To Penticton Vees:
D Paul Stoykewych (95)

To Winnipeg Blues:
F Jordan McCallum (93)

+ Future Considerations

Here's the Vees release about the deal:

The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club has acquired defenseman Paul Stoykewych (95) from the Winnipeg Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), in exchange for the playing rights of forward Jordan McCallum (93) and future considerations.

Stoykewych, 18, spent the past two seasons in Winnipeg where he played in 131 career games with the Blues, picking up 10 goals and 60 points. Stoykewych was a member of the silver medal winning Team Canada West at the 2012 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia; a roster that included four Vees. The rear-guard was named to the MJHL’s All-Rookie team in 2012 after collecting 27 points in 54 games. Prior to the MJHL, Stoykewych played 43 games with the Winnipeg Wild in the Manitoba Major Midget circuit, where he compiled six goals and 18 points.

Stoykewych is committed to play for the Western Michigan Broncos in 2014, the same school where former Vees Sam Mellor, Thomas Nitsche and Mike Rebry are applying their trade. The Vees organization is thrilled to welcome Paul and his family to Penticton and the South Okanagan

Paul Stoykewych-Defenseman
Birth: Winnipeg, MB Date: 95-03-09
HT: 6’2 WT: 200 Shoots: Left

And from the Blues website:

Winnipeg Blues Head Coach/GM Don Macgillivray announced the club has traded 18 year old defenseman Paul Stoykewych to the Penticton Vees of the BCHL in exchange for 19 year old forward Jordan McCallum and futures.
In two seasons with the Blues, Stoykewych tallied 10 goals and 42 assists in 109 games.

In return, the Blues acquire a 6'4, 190 pound forward in McCallum.  Last season with the Vees, McCallum lit the lamp six times while adding four assists.

The 19 year old is excited about heading to the Blues."I was a little surprised about the trade, but after it all sank in I realized I'm going to a great organization,  and with hard work and positivity, I will make this work out for myself and my new team."

It will be McCallum's first time in Manitoba when he arrives and is excited about a fresh start.

"I'm heading to a brand new organization, it'll be my first time in a billet home, as well as my first time in Manitoba.  The new experiences will definitely be fun for me."

The Blues would like to welcome Jordan to the organization.

Winnipeg would also like to thank Paul for all his contributions to the club the past two seasons, and wish him all the best in Penticton.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Catching Up:

I know it's been a slow time on the blog, it's because for the last couple of weeks, I've been tied up doing media relations for the 2013 Odlum Brown VanOpen Presented By Invesco tennis tournament. If you live in BC and have never been, I'd highly recommend it. These are top level international and local tennis players coming to play matches right in our own backyard. The website has all the info:


Rather than type up a post for every trade that's happened since my last post, I decided to just do one post summarizing the most recent deals I haven't covered yet on the blog. There won't be too much analysis because some of these trades are over a month old now, but I will include the player's stats and any official releases the teams put out regarding the trade.

There have been a few other deals this week, but because I have a bit more time on my hands, I will get back into what you normally see on the blog here with those deals in a couple of other posts.


To Dauphin Kings:
D Eric Walker (93) To Alberni Valley Bulldogs:
Future Considerations

Here's the release from the Bulldogs:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announced via Twitter two days ago that the team has traded 1993-born defenceman Eric Walker to the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Check out Scott McKenzie's article in the Alberni Valley Times for more on the deal: However, Walker began the 2011/12 season expecting to play for Northern Michigan before being signed by the Vancouver Giants, not 2012/13 for Western Michigan as stated in the article. 

And the release from the Kings:

With the loss of graduating 20 year olds, Emerson Hrynyk, Shamus Graham, Connor Faupel, and Riley Miller from last season`s defence unit, Kings Head Coach/ GM Marlin Murray swung a deal with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs for veteran defenceman Eric Walker.

“Eric Walker is a big bodied, mobile defenceman that has played at a very high level.” said Kings Head Coach/GM Marlin Murray. “He is very good in his own end and makes a great first pass. Walker will add size, grit and experience to our back end and we’re excited to have him.”

Walker, who hails from Castlegar, BC and split time last year between the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in the BCHL and the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL. The 6’2” 194lb defenceman has played a total of 52 games at the WHL level splitting time between the Vancouver Giants, Swift Current Broncos and Portland Winterhawks. Walker also played 143 games in the BCHL where he picked up 10 goals and 29 assists for 39 points and 161 penalty minutes.

The Dauphin Kings would like to welcome Eric and his family to the Kings organization.


To Powell River Kings:
D Aidan Wright (93) + Future Considerations

To Vernon Vipers:
Future Considerations

To Kingston Voyageurs:

F Braeden Russell (93) Here's the release from the Kings:

The Powell River Kings have acquired 93-born defenseman Aidan Wright from the Kingston Voyageurs in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. The deal is for forward Braeden Russell, who the Kings acquired from the Vernon Vipers in a separate deal for future considerations.

Wright, 20, has played the last 3 years for Kingston in the OJHL where he suited up in 120 regular season games, recording 10 goals and 29 points. He’s had two long playoff runs with the Voyageurs in both 11/12, where the team lost in the conference final, and 12/13. He scored 4 points in 32 post-season games for Kingston. Wright also won a silver medal at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge with Canada East, who were beaten by Kings Sean Maguire, Evan Richardson, Kent Lewis and Canada West in the final.

Wright considers himself a stay-at-home defenseman. “I like to take care of my own end, I’m hard working and I pride myself on not taking shifts off” says Wright. “I’ve heard I play a lot like Josh Gorges from the Montreal Canadiens. He’s not the biggest guy, he’s the most skilled guy, but he’s a hard working guy and takes care of his own end first, and he is the leader in that organization, so I pride myself in playing a lot like Josh Gorges.”

Head Coach and GM of the Kings, Kent Lewis, says Wright’s experience is something the Kings targeted.

“We’re going to get a player that can lead on the ice, but most importantly be a strong presence in the dressing room” says Lewis. “He’ll be a player who can also practice what he preaches, in similarity to Chris Williams who we had a few years ago.”

The 5’11, 190lb product of Wawa, Ontario near Lake Superior is excited to come west for his final year of junior hockey.

“I know it’s a good program, I’ve done my research” says Wright. “Everything I’ve looked at has been great, I’m really looking forward to going out there and I can’t wait to get started. Powell River has such a good history, and such a good program, for me it was a no-brainer, and when I got the call with Powell River being interested, I had to do it and it was something that was a good fit for me.”

The research was far from one-way, with the Kings doing their homework on Wright too, talking with scouts and contacts in Ontario.

“We’re going to get a player who’s in his final year, he wants to win, and we were a destination where he wanted to go” says Lewis, who believes this move will inspire others on the team to push harder.

“Learning from our success, and most notably our failures in league finals, we haven’t buried the puck when we’ve outplayed opponents, and we really need to work on that” says Lewis. “We need guys to come in here and be pressed to work on that, and to deliver. Aidan is going to bring us accountability by playing the right way. He’s a great kid, he’s excited to be coming and we’re excited to get him.”

Wright will be in Powell River for main camp in late August. The BCHL season begins in Chilliwack on September 7th, against the Chiefs.

And here's the Vipers release:

The Vipers continued to address their surplus of 20-year-olds by sending forward Braedan Russell to the Powell River Kings in exchange for future considerations Wednesday.

“He’s a good kid, but we’re high on 20-year-olds and we had to start making adjustments,” said Vipers’ head coach Jason Williamson.

A highly touted prospect coming into last season, Russell struggled to find his way with the Vipers after injuring his wrist in a pre-season scrap. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Oakville, Ont. product finished with two goals and five assists in 25 games.

“He never got off on the right foot here,” said Williamson. “Not his fault. If he wasn’t a 20-year-old, absolutely we’d keep him.”


To Surrey Eagles:
D Kade Pilton (94) To Victoria Grizzlies:
F Stefan Burzan (94)
Here's the release from the Eagles:

The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club announced on Wednesday that the team has acquired defenseman Kade Pilton ('94) and future considerations from the Victoria Grizzlies in exchange for forward Stefan Burzan ('94).

"We hope that getting a big body on the back end that can skate and has some experience will help us this coming season," said Eagles President, Head Coach and GM Peter Schaefer of Pilton. "We hope he can be a nice compliment to some of our smaller puck moving defensemen."

Pilton split the 2012-2013 season with the Regina Pats of the WHL and the Grizzlies. The Parksville native put up three points in 27 games in Regina before appearing in 12 regular season games with Victoria, tallying five points. Pilton had two points in six playoff games with the Grizzlies who lost to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in the Island Division Final.

Burzan, who hails from Surrey, played 51 regular season games for the Eagles last year, scoring six goals and 10 assists. In the post-season, he appeared in 19 games during Surrey's run to the RBC Cup Semi-Final, posting two points. Burzan has also spent time in the WHL as he appeared in two games for the Seattle Thunderbirds in the 2011-2012 season.

The Eagles would like to welcome Kade to the organization while wishing Stefan all the best in his future endeavours.


To Prince George Spruce Kings:
G Alex Murray (93)
To Burlington Cougars:
Future Considerations

Here's the Spruce Kings release about the deal:

The Prince George Spruce Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) are pleased to announce the acquisition of goaltender Alex Murray from the Burlington Cougars of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) in exchange for future considerations.

20 year old Alex Murray is 6'1" and 180lbs. He played the last 2 seasons for Burlington. Last season Alex had a 19-13-1 record in 35 games played with a 3.28 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.

"Alex is a technically strong, veteran goaltender who is really looking forward to coming to the BCHL, and particularly to Prince George, to achieve his goal of obtaining an NCAA Div. 1 scholarship," said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes. "We will be looking for big things from Alex as he continues a long run of outstanding goalies to come through our program over the years."

"I've heard really good things about the BCHL and about the Spruce Kings," said Alex Murray. "I'm really looking forward to getting out there in August for training camp. I'm very excited and can't wait to take advantage of this opportunity."

Murray will join other new recruits and returning players for the start of the Spruce Kings main training camp August 23-25 in the Prince George Coliseum.

For more information contact the Spruce Kings office at 250.564.1747.


To Penticton Vees:
F Tim Moore (94) F Ben Dalpe (94) To Pembroke Lumber Kings:
Future Considerations

Neither the Vees nor Lumber Kings have posted anything on the trades, but both are posted on the BCHL webpage under "Transactions":

The Penticton Vees Hockey Club has acquired the CJHL playing rights to Ben Dalpe(94)(F) from Pembrooke Lumber Kings of the CCHL in exchange for Future Considerations.

The Penticton Vees Hockey Club has acquired the CJHL playing rights of Tim Moore(94)(F) from the Pembrooke Lumber Kings in exchange for Future Considerations.


To Cowichan Valley Capitals:
Panayotis Pantziris (93)
To North York Rangers:
Future Considerations

Neither the Capitals nor Rangers have posted anything on the trades, but it is posted on the BCHL webpage under "Transactions":

The Cowichan Valley Capitals have acquired the CJHL playing rights of Panayotis Pantziris(93)(D) from the North York Rangers Hockey club of the OJHL in exchange for Future Considerations.


To Penticton Vees:
D Patrick Sexton (94) To Smith Falls Bears:
Future Considerations

There hasn't been anything about the trade released by either the Vees or Bears, but the following appeared in the July 18th edition of the Penticton Western News:

The Penticton Vees have acquired Patrick Sexton, brother of former Vees forward Ben Sexton, from the Smith Falls Bears for future considerations. The deal for the defenceman was completed on July 16. Vees general manager Fred Harbinson said Sexton brings junior A experience and comes from a great hockey family. “Ben was a hard worker with a high compete level and Pat will be the same,” said Harbinson. “He put up some good offensive numbers.” In his final season with the Bears, Sexton scored 10 goals and finished with  36 points in 62 games in the Central Canada Hockey League.


To Vernon Vipers:
Future Considerations

To Georgetown Raiders:
F Liam Board (93)
This is the news from the Vipers website:

The Vernon Vipers appear to have fully addressed their surplus of 20-year-old players.

Head coach/GM Jason Williamson dealt 1993-born forward Liam Board to the Georgetown Raiders of the OJHL for future considerations Wednesday afternoon. The move leaves Vernon with six 20-year-old players, the maximum allowed by the B.C. Hockey League.

Board, a Burlington, Ont. native, recorded five goals and 10 assists in 33 games with Vernon. He started the season with the Prince George Spruce Kings, where he posted 5-9-14 in 23 games.

The Vipers' remaining 20s include forwards Colton Sparrow and Brendan Persley, defencemen Jason Bird, Josh Bryan and Ryan Renz, and netminder Austin Smith.


To Cowichan Valley Capitals:
F Simon Brosseau (95)

To Kemptville 73's:
Future Considerations

Again, neither team has posted anything about the trade on either of their websites, but it is listed under "Transactions" on the BCHL website:

The Cowichan Valley Capitals Hockey Club has acquired the CJHL playing rights of Simon Brosseau(95)(F) from the Kemptville 73's Hockey Club of the CCHL in exchange for Future Considerations.