Tuesday, December 30, 2014

BCHL Roster Numbers Heading Into January 10th Roster Deadline:


With the Hockey Canada roster deadline and BCHL transfer deadline just eleven days away, I've calculated each BCHL team's number of roster players, number of 20-year-olds (or 1994-born) and number of imports. These numbers do not include players on injured reserve as they don't count towards roster numbers.

These numbers may change in the next week and a half, but this is where they stand right now. The Canadian Junior Hockey League has an inter-league transfer freeze which is lifted on January 1st. There was no holiday transfer freeze among BCHL teams.

Teams are allowed 22 players overall on their roster, of which no more than six can be 1994-born players and no more than six can be import players. Only American-born players are considered imports.

This should show what some teams are able to add or subtract when the deadline arrives. As always, any corrections and comments are welcome.

Alberni Valley (16-12-1-3)
Number of players: 21
Number of players able to add: 1
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0

Chilliwack (22-10-1-1)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 4
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 2
Number of imports: 5
Number of imports able to add: 1

Coquitlam (13-17-1-4)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 5
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 1
Number of imports: 3
Number of imports able to add: 3

Cowichan Valley (13-23-1-1)
Number of players: 21
Number of players able to add: 1
Number of 20-year-olds: 5
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 1
Number of imports: 2
Number of imports able to add: 4

Langley (19-13-1-4)

Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 4
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 2
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0

Merritt (19-13-0-2)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 5
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 1
Number of imports: 5
Number of imports able to add: 1

Nanaimo (24-11-0-1)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 5
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 1
Number of imports: 3
Number of imports able to add: 3

Penticton (28-5-2-1)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0

Powell River (16-14-0-7)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 4
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 2
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0

Prince George (18-14-0-4)
Number of players: 19
Number of players able to add: 3
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0

Salmon Arm (13-13-3-5)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 3
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 3
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0

Surrey (7-26-0-3)
Number of players: 20
Number of players able to add: 2
Number of 20-year-olds: 4
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 2
Number of imports: 4
Number of imports able to add: 2

Trail (13-20-0-2)
Number of players: 21
Number of players able to add: 1
Number of 20-year-olds: 4
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 2
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0

Vernon (22-10-1-2)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0

Victoria (16-11-1-7)

Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0

West Kelowna (19-13-0-5)
Number of players: 21
Number of players able to add: 1
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 4
Number of imports able to add: 2

TRADE TRACKER

Here's a list of trades since the December 1st roster deadline:

16-Dec-14: Powell River trades D Jordan Burns (95) to Salmon Arm for future considerations

11-Dec-14: Alberni Valley trades D Jeff Rose (96) and future considerations to Drayton Valley for F Eric Therrien (94)

11-Dec-14: Trail trades D Sheldon Hubbard (95) to Grande Prairie for future considerations

02-Dec-14: Trail trades D Viktor Dombrovskiy (96) to Prince George for D Stephen Penner (95) and F Cooper Leitch (96)

02-Dec-14: Prince George trades D Taylor Allan (95) and future considerations to Lloydminster for D Tyler Kunz (94)

01-Dec-14: Vernon trades F Branden Wagner (96) to Salmon Arm for future considerations

BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
Trades Made: 6
Trades Made Within BCHL: 3
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 3
Players: 10
Future Considerations: 5

CJHL Prospects Game Coaches Announced, Canada Comes Up Short at Spengler Cup:








The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced the coaches for January's Prospects Game in Oakville, Ontario. James Richmond of the Aurora Tigers (OJHL) leads Team East while Paul Dyck of the Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) heads up Team West.

Despite there being no BCHL coaches named as Team West's bench boss, there will most certainly be BCHL players named to the team. Last season saw five BCHL players named to Team West. The game itself is a showcase of the top NHL prospects in the CJHL and player selection is a joint initiative of the CJHL and NHL Central Scouting.

The release on the head coaching announcement for Team West and Team East is here.

 





The three BCHL alumni on Team Canada at the Spengler Cup fell, along with their teammates, 6-5 to Genève-Servette HC in a semifinal today. Genève-Servette HC faces HC Salavat Yulaev Ufa in the championship game tomorrow. Team Canada featured defenseman Steve McCarthy (Trail, 1996-97) along with forwards Ben Walter (Langley, 2000-02) and Jeff Tambellini (Chilliwack, 2000-02).

KHL Medveščak Zagreb, which features goaltender Mark Dekanich (Coquitlam, 2002-04) and defensemen Geoff Kinrade (Cowichan Valley, 2003-05), Shaone Morrisonn (South Surrey, 1998-99), lost 3-0 to Ufa in a quarterfinal game yesterday.

All the details on the Spengler Cup are available on the tournament's official website.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Six BCHL Players Commit to NCAA Programs, Powell River Signs OHL Veteran, BCHL Alumni Update:







Trail F Jake Lucchini (95) is off to Michigan Tech University, starting in September 2015. Lucchini, who's into his third season with the Smoke Eaters, has 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists) in 34 games this season. The Trail native announced his commitment on Twitter here.

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Lucchini's teammate Charlie Zuccarini (94) also took to Twitter to announce his college plans. The 20-year-old from Shelton, Connecticut is off to Arizona State University in September 2015. He took the league by storm at the Bauer BCHL Showcase in September by scoring five goals in the Smokies 8-3 win over Coquitlam and has a solid season going with 43 points (22 goals, 21 assists) in 34 games.

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Another BCHLer will join Zuccarini at ASU as Victoria F Brett Gruber (96) has committed to the Sun Devils, although he'll play one more season with the Grizzlies before heading to school in September 2016. Gruber is second in scoring on Victoria and 24th overall in the BCHL with 35 points (18 goals, 17 ssists) in 33 games this season. The House of Sparky blog has the details on Gruber's commitment here.

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A bright spot in the Surrey Eagles season has been the play of G Christian Short (95) and now he's the first player on their roster to commit to an NCAA school. Short, who's from Woodbridge, Ontario, is off to RIT this coming September. He has a 4-13 record along with a 4.25 goals-against-average and an .898 save percentage. The Eagles release on Short's commitment is here.

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Chilliwack F Luke McColgan (94) has committed to the University of Alaska-Anchorage for September 2014. McColgan is in his first season in the BCHL after being acquired from the SJHL's Battlefords North Stars back in June. The Manhattan Beach, California native has 21 points (12 goals, nine assists) in 33 games this season. The Alaska Dispatch News has details on the release here.

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West Kelowna F Jonathan Desbiens (96) will spend one more season with the Warriors before going to Bentley University in September 2016. The 18-year-old from Rosemere, Quebec has 31 points (17 goals, 14 assists) in 32 games this season. He announced his commitment to Bentley on his Twitter account here.







Powell River added 19-year-old forward Nick Halagian as a free agent from the St. Catharines Falcons of the junior B Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. Halagian had nine points (five goals, four assists) in 15 games with the Falcons. He's a veteran of 136 major junior games with the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the the QMJHL, posting 21 points (13 goals, eight assists).







Blueliner Nick Charif (Victoria, 2013-14) was traded in the Western Hockey League from Red Deer to Spokane for D Colton Bobyk (96) and a 2016 bantam draft pick. Charif started the 2013-14 season with the Grizzlies before joining the Rebels. He had two points (one goal, one assist) in nine games with Victoria. Spokane's release on the trade is here.

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Veteran forward Glen Metropolit (Vernon, 1994-95) has signed a contract extension with Adler Mannheim for the 2015-16 season. Metropolit is in his first season with Mannheim and has 36 points (seven goals, 29 assists) in 32 games. If you understand German, the release on Metropolit's extension is here.

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Defenseman Brad Hunt (Burnaby, 2005-08) has been reassigned to the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL by the Edmonon Oilers. The 26-year-old had two assists in five games with the Oilers since being recalled from Oklahoma City. Here's the release on the move.

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25-year-old right winger Andrew Cherniwchan (Nanaimo, 2007-08) was loaned by the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League to the American Hockey League's Providence Bruins. Cherniwchan has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 11 games with the Stingrays this season. The Stingrays release on the move is here.

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Forward Brodie Reid (Surrey/Burnaby/Penticton, 2005-09) signed a professional try-out contract with the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans. The Delta native has appeared in 12 AHL games this season with Adirondack and St. John’s, totaling five points (three goals, two assists). He has also recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) in nine ECHL games with Elmira. The Amerks release on the signing is here.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Six BCHL Alumni to Play at Spengler Cup, Former Grizzlies Forward Nathan Looysen Traded in VIJHL:







The 2014 edition of the Spengler Cup gets underway on Boxing Day in Davos, Switzerland. The six team, invitation-only tournament has been presented since 1923 and heralds itself as the oldest invitational hockey tournament in the world.

Over the years, a number of former BCHL players have skated in the Spengler Cup - and not all for Team Canada either. Often, Canadians playing pro hockey in Europe wind up competing against their compatriots as their club teams are invited to the tournament.

This year, the teams competing are Team Canada, HC Davos (Switzerland), HC Genève-Servette (Switzerland), Medvescak Zagreb (KHL), Jokerit Helsinki (KHL) and HC Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL). There are six BCHL alumni featured, three on Team Canada and three on Medvescak Zagreb.
On Team Canada, defenseman Steve McCarthy (Trail, 1996-97) along with forwards Ben Walter (Langley, 2000-02) and Jeff Tambellini (Chilliwack, 2000-02) are former BCHLers featured.

Walter has 26 points (eight goals, 18 assists) in 26 games with EC Salzburg (Austria) this season, while Tambellini has racked up 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 26 games with Gottéron (Switzerland). McCarthy is listed by Hockey Canada as being with the SCL Tigers of the Swiss B League, but I can't find any record of him on their website.

On Medvescak Zagreb, goaltender Mark Dekanich (Coquitlam, 2002-04) and defensemen Geoff Kinrade (Cowichan Valley, 2003-05), Shaone Morrisonn (South Surrey, 1998-99) are all former BCHL players to skate in this year's Spengler Cup.

Dekanich is 0-10 this season, with a 3.92 goals-against-average and an .838 save percentage, while Kinrade has six assists in 21 games and Morrisonn has three assists in 32 games.

The Spengler Cup starts Boxing Day with HC Genève-Servette against HC Salavat Yulaev Ufa and HC Davos versus Canada.

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18-year-old Nathan Looysen (Victoria, 2014-15), who was released by the WHL's Kamloops Blazers back in September and promptly signed with the Grizzlies, has been traded in the junior B Vancouver Island League from Peninsula to Victoria. 

Looysen only got into seven games with the Grizzlies, notching two points (one goal, one assist) before being released in November. He joined Peninsula as it had his BC junior B rights and in 15 games with the Panthers, the Saanichton native had 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists). Looysen has signed with Cowichan as an affiliate player.

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Victoria Forward Kellan Tochkin (Alberni Valley AP, Langley AP, 2007-08) has been signed to a try-out by Kallinge-Ronneby IF (Sweden Division 1). The 23-year-old from Abbotsford had his ECHL rights traded from Elmira to Rapid City last week, but hasn't played a game with the Rush.

Tochkin, who is a former Vancouver Canucks prospect, had five points (one goal, four assists) in six games with Elmira this season. He also had seven points (four goals, three assists) in 14 games with the ECHL's Missouri Mavericks. If you're confident in your abilities to read Swedish, or are handy with Google Translate, Kallinge-Ronneby posted on its website here about signing Tochkin to the try-out.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Cents Blueliner Jake Clifford Commits to ASU, A Look at the Numbers as the BCHL Enters its Holiday Break:







Merritt Centennials defenseman Jake Clifford is the second player from the league to commit to Arizona State University. Clifford, who's from Brecksville, Ohio, joins West Kelowna forward Jordan Masters asro new recruit for the Sun Devils.

Clifford is third on scoring among Cents defensemen with 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 28 games this season. There's been no release from Merritt or the BCHL on Clifford's commitment, but ASU blog House of Sparky has the scoop here.

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With the wrap-up of games Sunday, the British Columbia Hockey League and its players are officially into a five day Christmas break before the action heats up again with Alberni Valley hosting Powell River this Saturday, December 27th.
 
Christmas is seen as the unofficial mid-point of the season, despite the fact that every team has already played more than 50 percent of its 2014-15 schedule. 

Salmon Arm is the hottest team in the BCHL heading into the break as the SilverBacks have won three straight. Penticton, Merritt, Victoria, and Coquitlam are all riding modest two game winning streaks. Trail is the coldest team at Christmas, the Smoke Eaters have dropped nine in a row. Alberni Valley has the second longest losing streak right now, having lost four straight.

Powell River forward Jacob Pritchard bulged the twine in four straight games prior to the break while Coquitlam forward Brett Supinski and Victoria forward Brett Gruber have each scored in three straight games. Langley's Gage Torrel is on a six game assist streak, followed Merritt's Diego Cuglietta, Langley's Justin Szeto, and Alberni Valley's Evan Tironese, who each have helpers in four straight games. Victoria's Dane Gibson has the longest current point streak at ten games, notching 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) during that stretch. Supinksi and Langley's Kevan Kilistoff are next with eight game point streaks.

Coquitlam Express veteran forward Corey Makin leads the BCHL in goals (32) and points (59) in 35 games. The Ferris State University commit is on pace for 53 goals and 98 points. West Kelowna sophomore Liam Blackburn has already eclipsed his point total from last season by eight and in nine less games. The Prince George native has 51 points to sit second in scoring, including a league-leading 37 assists.

Kurt Gosselin from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs leads all defensemen in goals (9) and points (37). Salmon Arm blueliner Andrew Farny is second in d-man scoring with eight goals and 25 assists.

Between the pipes, Penticton goaltenders dominate the top two positions in terms of stats. Vees second year goalie Hunter Miska is tops in goals-against-average at 1.91 while teammate Brendan Barry has a 1.92 GAA. Vernon's Danny Todosychuk is third at 2.38 GAA.

Miska has the best save percentage at .929 while Nanaimo's Guillaume Decelles is a close second at .928. The Vernon duo of Todosychuk and Jarrod Schamerhorn are tied with Miska with the most shutouts at three. Barry and Merritt netminder Jonah Imoo are next with two apiece.







Forward Aaron Volpatti (Vernon, 2003-06) was recalled by the Washington Capitals from the AHL's Hershey Bears. The 29-year-old hasn't played a game with the Caps this season after undergoing neck fusion surgery back in September. He was assigned to the American League for a conditioning stint and played three games with no points and six penalty minutes. The Washington Post newspaper has the story here.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Canada West Finishes Sixth at WJAC, BCIHL Enters Christmas Break:







Nanaimo Clippers forward Sheldon Rempal scored twice, but it wasn't enough as Canada West allowed three unanswered goals in a 3-2 loss to Switzerland in the fifth place game at the World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. Penticton defenseman Dante Fabbro had an assist on Rempal's first goal.

The loss means Switzerland finishes fifth while Canada West ends up with its lowest finish ever at the tournament in sixth. The previous worst showing for Canada West was fourth back in 2010. The game summary is available here.

Overall, BCHL players account for five of the top six scorers on Canada West at this year's tournament, led by Vees rookie forward Tyson Jost, who finishes with two goals and an assist in four games. Denmark faces the United States for the gold medal on Saturday.







The BC Intercollegiate Hockey League and its players are now officially into their winter break as the students get a respite from school before the term starts in early January.

The winter semester portion of the schedule fires up on Friday, January 9. Eastern Washington University rookie F Beau Walker enters 2015 leading the BCIHL in assists (15) and points (25). Trinity Western University F Cody Fidgett, who's only been held off the scoreboard three times in 12 games this season, is second with 23 points, including a league-leading 15 goals.

Dylan Hykawy from the University of Victoria leads all defensemen in goals (10) and points (15). His ten goals are also tied for third overall in the league. The 21-year-old rookie never scored more than six goals in a season during three years of junior A hockey in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. TWU blueliner Jake Harcoff is second in d-man scoring with a goal and 13 assists.

Between the pipes, TWU goaltender Silas Matthys and Selkirk College netminder James Prigione are tied for top goals-against-average (2.48). Matthys is tops in wins with eight, two more than Simon Fraser University's Andrew Parent.

Trinity Western boasts the goaltenders with the two best save percentages, with Matthys number-one at .926 and Aaron Oakley second at .915. Matthys, Parent and SFU back-up Jordan Liem each have one shutout this season. No other goaltender has one.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Canada West to Play for Fifth Place at WJAC, Connor and Kellen Jones Reassigned to ECHL:






 
BCHL players combined for three points, including two assists from Langley forward Marcus Vela, but it wasn't enough as Canada West fell 4-2 to Canada East on Wednesday at the World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchwan. Penticton's Dante Fabbro scored one of the goals in the defeat.
 
The loss means the best Canada West can finish is fifth and it'll go for it on Friday against Switzerland at 1:30 pm Pacific Time. The summary from Canada West's game vs. Canada East is here.
 
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Despite not playing for a medal at the World Junior A Challenge, Hockey Canada posted an interesting story on its website today about Penticton Vees rookies Fabbro and Tyson Jost. You can check out the article here.






 
Forwards Connor and Kellen Jones (Vernon, 2006-10) were both reassigned to the Bakersfield Condors of the East Coast Hockey League from the Oklahoma City Thunder of the American Hockey League.

Connor has 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 25 games with the Condors, while twin brother Kellen has 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) this season. Bakersfield posted about the Jones' reassignment on its website.

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The Minnesota Wild assigned defenseman Colton Jobke (Penticton, 2008-09) to the Augsberger Panthers of the German Elite League.

Jobke, who's spent all of this season with Alaska of the ECHL, has four assists in 20 games. The news was posted on the Wild's official PR Twitter account, although it incorrectly mentioned that the 22-year-old is a forward.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Canada West Posts Shootout Win at WJAC, Warriors Forward Jordan Masters Commits to ASU, Salmon Arm and Powell River Make Trade:







Penticton Vees forward Tyson Jost scored the deciding goal in the shootout as Canada West improved to 0-1-1-0 at the World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan with a 3-2 win over Russia.

BCHL players factored into all the scoring for Canada West as Jost and Demico Hannoun each assisted on Vees teammate Gabe Bast's goal in the second period. Prince George Spruce Kings defenseman Viktor Dombrovskiy assisted on Jost's first period marker.

The game summary is available right here.

The standings at the tournament are different from what you may be used to. It counts three points for a regulation win, two points for an overtime/shootout win, one point for an overtime/shootout loss and no points for a regulation loss.

Canada West finishes second in the Group B preliminary round and faces Canada East in one of Wednesday's quarterfinals. Canada East ends up last in Group A with an 0-1-0-1 record for just one point after a 3-2 loss Tuesday to the United States.

The game is first time Canada West and Canada East have ever met in the quarterfinals at the tournament. Overall, Canada West is 5-0 against its national counterpart.

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West Kelowna Warriors forward Jordan Masters has committed to Arizona State University for the 2015-16 season.

ASU just received NCAA Div. I certification last month. 

Masters, from Rochester, New York, has 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 22 games for West Kelowna this season. He played in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game during the 2011-12 season as a member of the USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks.

He also originally committed to the University of New Hampshire back in August 2011. The Warriors release on Masters' commitment to ASU is here.

 









Although there's a CJHL inter-league moratorium on player transfers until January 1st, there's no stopping BCHL teams from dealing with each other, as Salmon Arm and Powell River connected on a trade Tuesday afternoon.

The deal sees defenseman Jordan Burns (95) head to the SilverBacks for future considerations. Burns, who's committed to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for next season, has 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 22 games with the Kings this season.

The move sees Burns head closer to home, as he's from Vernon. The Salmon Arm side of things on the trade is here, while Powell River's take is here.

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With the BCHL Trade Deadline just under a month away, I'd like to re-introduce the BCHL Trade Tracker to the blog. As usual, stick tap to Gregg Drinnan and his WHL Taking Note blog for the inspiration.

On every post I make between now and January 10th, I'll summarize any moves to date. In the effort of being accurate, I'll only post trades I know are complete or are posted in the 'Transactions' section of the BCHL website. The Trade Tracker won't include instances where a team has signed a player as a free agent.

Here's a list of trades since the December 1st roster deadline:
16-Dec-14: Powell River trades D Jordan Burns (95) to Salmon Arm for future considerations

11-Dec-14: Alberni Valley trades D Jeff Rose (96) and future considerations to Drayton Valley for F Eric Therrien (94)
 
11-Dec-14: Trail trades D Sheldon Hubbard (95) to Grande Prairie for future considerations
 
02-Dec-14: Trail trades D Viktor Dombrovskiy (96) to Prince George for D Stephen Penner (95) and F Cooper Leitch (96)
 
02-Dec-14: Prince George trades D Taylor Allan (95) and future considerations to Lloydminster for D Tyler Kunz (94)
 
01-Dec-14: Vernon trades F Branden Wagner (96) to Salmon Arm for future considerations

BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
Trades Made: 6
Trades Made Within BCHL: 3
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 3
Players: 10
Future Considerations: 5







Forward Travis Ouellette (Penticton, 2008-09) was traded in the East Coast Hockey League on Tuesday, going from the Indy Fuel to the Gwinnett Gladiators for forward Bobby Hughes. The 25-year-old from Windsor, Ontario played three games with the Fuel this season, registering no points. The Gladiators release on the deal is here.

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Defenseman Jonathan Sigalet (Salmon Arm, 2002-03) left HC Slovan Bratislava in the KHL and has been released by the team. Sigalet, who's from Vancouver, notched one assist in 38 games with Bratislava this season. No word where he'll end up. Bratislava tweeted some encouraging words for Sigalet though.

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The AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers signed forward Colton Gillies (Surrey AP, 2004-05) after he played the first 25 games of the season on a professional try-out contract. He had three points (one goal, two assists) with the Sound Tigers. The nephew of Islanders great Clark Gillies skated with the Rochester Americans last season. Bridgeport's release on the signing is here.

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Hartford of the AHL has returned goaltender Jeff Malcolm (Quesnel, 2007-09) to the ECHL's Greenville Road Warriors. Malcolm played in one game for the Wolf Pack during his recall, posting a 5-3 victory vs. Worcester Friday night. So far this season in Greenville, the 25-year-old has an 11-4-0 record, a 2.13 goals-against average, a .929 save percentage and one shutout. Hartford's release is here.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

BCHL December 1st Roster Deadline:

The December 1st Hockey Canada roster deadline of the season arrives tomorrow and it's one that's seen BCHL teams be traditionally busy.

I sent an email to the league office to clarify the details on the December 1st deadline, but didn't receive a response. However, a coach within the BCHL was able to confirm how it shakes down.

Basically, BCHL teams started with 35 cards on June 1st, then on October 1st that was reduced to 30. At that point, teams which had 22 players signed, were left with only eight cards to sign any players acquired.

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

Last season, there were 12 trades in the week leading up to the deadline, including three on December 1st. In 2012, eight trades were made, while in 2011, seven trades were made. In 2010, there were 16 trades and in 2009, there were also 16 deals.

So far this season, there have been three deals made in the week prior to the deadline, including two trades yesterday which saw Merritt move F Daniel Nachbaur (95) to Prince George for future considerations and the Spruce Kings send D Valik Chichkin (94) to the AJHL's Camrose Kodiaks for futures.

The other aspect of the deadline is that teams within the BCHL have until 7 pm Pacific time to make any deals with each other while they have until 6 pm Pacific time to make deals with CJHL teams outside of BC.

Here's a look at the trades last season in the week leading up to the December 1st deadline, some of which could be considered "blockbuster" deals:

- The Penticton Vees Hockey Club have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Steen Cooper(95)(F) from the Cowichan Valley Capitals Hockey Club in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Clint Filbrandt(95)(D), Mathew Berry Lamontagne(93)(D) and future considerations

- The Coquitlam Express Hockey Club have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Matthew Berry-Lamontagna(93)(D) to the Penticton Vees Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations
 
- The Cowichan Valley Capitals have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Ambrose Firkus(94)(F) from the West Kelowna Warriors in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Taki Pantziris(93)(D)
    
- The Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club has acquired the CJHL playing rights to Mitch Ball(94)(F) and Rylan Ball(95)(D) from the Cowichan Valley Capitals Hockey Club in exchange for Valik Chichkin(94)(D) and future considerations
    
- The Salmon Arm Silverbacks Hockey Club have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Michael Roberts(95)(F) from the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations
    
- The Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Bryce Knapp(94)(F) to the Cornwall Colts Hockey Club of the CCHL in exchange for future considerations

- The Nanaimo Clippers Hockey Club have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Tanner Kovacs(94)(G) from the Whitecourt Wolverines Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations

- The Victoria Grizzlies Hockey Club have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Jaden Schmeisser(93)(D) from the West Kelowna Warriors Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations
     
- The Chilliwack Chiefs Hockey Club have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Brandon Volpe(95)(F) and future considerations to the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Cody Bardock(93)(D)
    
- The Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Riley Corbin(95)(G) to the Whitecourt Wolverines of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations
     
- The Prince George Spruce Kings Hockey Club have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Michael Iovanna(94)(F) to the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations
     
- The Coquitlam Express Hockey Club have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Nicolas Beaudin(95)(F) to the Gloucester Rangers of the CCHL in exchange for future considerations

Monday, November 3, 2014

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







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

The BCHL release is available here.

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

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

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







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

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

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

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







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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, November 2, 2014

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







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

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

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







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

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

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

A summary of the Bulldogs moves is available here.

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

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