The Victoria Grizzlies secured their future for the next five seasons after reaching a lease agreement with West Shore Parks and Recreation to play at The Q Centre. There was speculation last month that a stalemate in negotiations could spell the end of the Grizzlies in Colwood, but that's all put to rest with Wednesday's announcement. The two sides agreed not to disclose the financial terms of the lease. "As was made known during the process, it was not easy to find a solution that both sides could work with going forward, and I think both sides would agree this is not precisely what they were after," said Grizzlies President John Wilson in a statement on the team's Facebook page. "But we are done, we have agreed, and it's time to play hockey and let the players and coaches provide more great family entertainment." Victoria is now secure in its home rink through the 2019-20 season.
The Trail Smoke Eaters swung a trade with the Amherst Ramblers of the Maritime Hockey League on Tuesday, acquiring Salmon Arm native Colby Livingstone for future considerations. The 19-year-old had 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 48 games last season with the Ramblers. He spent two seasons from 2012-14 with KIJHL's Creston Valley Thunder Cats, posting 75 points (27 goals, 48 assists) in 82 games. Livingstone was also an affiliate player with the Smoke Eaters in 2013-14. He played in six games and scored four points (three goals, one assist).
The Smokies also signed defenseman Evan Korizis. The Montreal, PQ product played the last two seasons playing at the Hotchkiss Prep School in Lakeville, CT. In 46 games, he amassed 33 points (13 goals, 20 assists). From 2011-13, the 19-year-old played Midget AAA with the Lac St. Louis Lions.
Alberni Valley added some major size and experience to its blueline with the acquisition of Tyler Cooper from the Mississauga Chargers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for future considerations. The 18-year-old has played 152 career junior A games with Mississauga and the Elliot Lake Bobcats of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. Last season with the Chargers, the Sudbury, ON native had 13 assists in 51 games, along with 124 penalty minutes. In his 102 OJHL games, the 6-foot-5, 205 lb., Cooper had 224 penalty minutes, but only one fighting major.
The Surrey Eagles have signed 19-year-old Jon Venter for the 2015-16 season. Venter played the last three seasons at Canterbury School in New Milford, CT. In 86 career prep school games, he finished with 18 points (five goals, 13 assists).
Nanaimo Clippers forward Brett Roulston has committed to the University of Lethbridge and will play for the Longhorns in 2015-16. The Whitehorse, YT native came to the Clippers after two seasons with the WHL's Prince George Cougars. He had 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) in 58 games with Nanaimo last season. In 105 games with the Cougars, he scored 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists).
Forward Robert Lindores (Alberni Valley, Surrey, 2007-12) has transferred from the University of British Columbia to the University of Lethbridge. The Port Alberni, BC product spent two seasons with Northern Michigan University from 2012-14 and last season with UBC. With NMU, he played in 16 games, recording one assist while at UBC, he played four games, scoring once.