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.