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.