Monday, January 26, 2015

BCHL Playoff Picture, Williamson Commits to Michigan Tech, Soderberg Commits to West Kelowna, OJHL Awarded World Junior A Challenge, Johansen Voted NHL All-Star MVP:






Once again this season, the BCHL is going with a playoff format which sees best-of-seven playoff series in Rounds One (Division Semifinals) and Two (Division Finals), a three-team round robin in Round Three designed to eliminate one team and then a best-of-seven Fred Page Cup final between the two teams surviving Round Three.

The top four teams from each division make the post-season, meaning that only four of the BCHL's 12 teams get in. Right now, Chilliwack, Langley, Prince George and Nanaimo have locked up playoff spots. If the regular season ended Sunday, these would be the Division Semifinal match-ups:

INTERIOR DIVISION
(1) Penticton vs. (4) West Kelowna
(2) Vernon vs. (3) Merritt

STANDINGS
Penticton - 73 points, 13 games remaining
Vernon - 61 points, 14 games remaining
Merritt - 50 points, 14 games remaining
West Kelowna - 50 points, 11 games remaining
-------------------
Salmon Arm - 46 points, 13 games remaining
Trail - 33 points, 13 games remaining
---
ISLAND DIVISION
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Alberni Valley
(2) Powell River vs. (3) Victoria

STANDINGS
Nanaimo - 64 points, 13 games remaining
Powell River - 52 points, 12 games remaining
Victoria - 50 points, 12 games remaining
Alberni Valley - 49 points, 15 games remaining
-------------------
Cowichan - 38 points, 11 games remaining
---
MAINLAND DIVISION
(1) Chilliwack vs. (4) Coquitlam
(2) Langley vs. (3) Prince George

STANDINGS
Chilliwack - 56 points, 13 games remaining
Langley - 55 points, 12 games remaining
Prince George - 48 points, 13 games remaining
Coquitlam - 41 points, 11 games remaining
-------------------
Surrey - 19 points, 12 games remaining







There's been nothing official from the Warriors, but reporter Mike Ippolito of the Tewksbury (MA) Town Crier writes here that 18-year-old forward Connor Sodergren has committed to play in West Kelowna next season. Sodergren is in his fourth season of high school hockey with St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire and has already committed to attend Army at the US Military Academy in September 2016. Heading into this season, he had 73 points (31 goals, 42 assists) in 79 career games with St. Paul's. 
---
16-year-old Vernon forward Jagger Williamson announced his commitment to Michigan Tech University on Twitter. The Vipers rookie has 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) in 35 games this season. Williamson didn't announce when he'll head to the Huskies, but the folks at Over The Boards speculate that it's September 2017, which gives the Lumby, BC native two more full seasons in the BCHL after this one.







The Ontario Junior Hockey League announced on Friday that the 2015 World Junior A Challenge will be jointly hosted by the Whitby Fury and the Cobourg Cougars. It's the first time for the tournament to be held in Ontario since it started in 2006. Canada West, which is comprised of players from the BCHL, AJHL, SJHL and MJHL, won gold in 2006, 2007 and 2011. It finished in sixth place this past year. The official release from the OJHL for the 2015 tournament is here.







Forward Ryan Johansen (Penticton, 2008-09) was named MVP of the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday after he posted two goals and two assists in a losing cause as Team Foligno fell 19-12 to Team Toews. Johansen was the hometown favourite as the game was hosted by the Columbus Blue Jackets. The NHL's write up is here

Goalie Carey Price (Quesnel, 2002-03) and defenseman Duncan Keith (Penticton, 1999-01) joined Johansen as former BCHL players in the game and at the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft on Friday, all three wound up on Team Foligno. Price started the game and made 12 saves on 16 shots while Keith ended up with one assist and remarkably, was +1.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

BCHL Playoff Picture Taking Shape, Langley Defenseman Kearley Commits to University of Vermont, Former PG Blueliner Manning Sent to AHL:







With only 38 days until the 2014-15 BCHL regular season ends, the playoff picture is already taking shape. Once again this season, the BCHL is going with a playoff format which sees best-of-seven playoff series in Rounds One (Division Semifinals) and Two (Division Finals), a three-team round robin in Round Three designed to eliminate one team and then a best-of-seven Fred Page Cup final between the two teams surviving Round Three.

The top four teams from each division make the post-season, meaning that only four of the BCHL's 12 teams get in. If the regular season ended Wednesday, these would be the Division Semifinal match-ups:

INTERIOR DIVISION
(1) Penticton vs. (4) West Kelowna
(2) Vernon vs. (3) Merritt

STANDINGS
Penticton - 71 points
Vernon - 59 points
Merritt - 50 points
West Kelowna - 49 points

Salmon Arm and Trail aren't officially eliminated from the playoff picture, in fact, the SilverBacks are just five points behind the Warriors with two games in hand. The uphill climb is much more difficult for the Smoke Eaters, who are 17 points back of West Kelowna with only 16 games remaining.
---
ISLAND DIVISION
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Alberni Valley
(2) Powell River vs. (3) Victoria

STANDINGS
Nanaimo - 60 points
Powell River - 50 points
Victoria - 48 points
Alberni Valley - 45 points

Cowichan isn't out of contention as the Capitals are eight points back of the Bulldogs. However, the Caps only have 13 games remaining and AV has four games in hand. First place looks like the Clippers to lose, but determining the second team to receive home ice advantage could go down to the wire between the Kings and Grizzlies.
---
MAINLAND DIVISION
(1) Langley vs. (4) Coquitlam
(2) Chilliwack vs. (3) Prince George

STANDINGS
Langley - 53 points
Chilliwack - 52 points
Prince George - 44 points
Coquitlam - 37 points

The Rivermen and Chiefs are the first two BCHL teams to clinch a playoff spot as it is mathematically for either of them to finish worse than fourth in the Mainland Division. Surrey isn't officially out of the picture, but riding a seven game losing skid and facing a 20 point gap between itself and the Express is daunting for sure. Obviously, whichever team ends up meeting PG is looking a much more grueling travel schedule than the other series.
---
19-year-old Langley Rivermen defenseman Jacob Kearley has committed to the University of Vermont for this September. The Newmarket, Ontario product has 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) in 41 games with the Riv this season. He posted 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) in 57 games with Victoria last season before being traded in the off-season to Langley.







Defenseman Brandon Manning (Prince George, 2007-08) has been assigned to LeHigh Valley of the AHL by the Philadelphia Flyers. Manning has one assist in three games with Philly this season. He's added 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in 36 games with the Phantoms.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BCHL Shines at CJHL Prospects Game, Five BCHL Players Featured on NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings, BCHL Alumni Update:







The BCHL was very prominent in the annual Canadian Junior Hockey League Prospects Game on Tuesday in Oakville, Ontario as Team West edged Team East 3-2.

With 12 players from the BCHL on Team West, it was 17-year-old Penticton Vees defenseman Jarod Hilderman who played hero as he scored the winning goal with just 7.3 seconds left in the third period in addition to his first period marker. Interestingly enough, Hilderman doesn't have a goal for the Vees through 40 games played this season. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Chilliwack Chiefs forward Jordan Kawaguchi had the other goal for Team West. A write up on the game is here.
---
NHL Central Scouting released its midterm rankings for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and there are five BCHL players featured, two forwards, two defenseman and one goaltender.

Leading the way is 17-year-old Langley forward Marcus Vela, who is ranked 123rd overall among North American skaters. Next is 17-year-old Vernon forward Liam Finlay at 189th. 18-year-old Chilliwack defenseman Vincent Desharnais comes in at 208th, while 18-year-old Penticton blueliner Gabe Bast is ranked 209th. Stefan Wornig, who is 17, is ranked 22nd among all North American goaltenders. The NHL's official release of the rankings is here.
---
There's a minor correction to my BCHL Trade Deadline coverage. Although it was initially reported that the Coquitlam Express acquired 20-year-old forward Thanvir Bandesha via player transfer (or trade) from the Ontario Junior Hockey League's Orangeville Flyers for future considerations, that's not entirely true. 

According to the OJHL transactions page, Bandesha was released by the Flyers on January 6th, which means any team across Canada was eligible to sign him as a free agent, which is exactly what the Express did. I've adjusted the Trade Tracker on the previous post, so it's accurate when being referred to in the future.







Forward Joey Holka (Penticton, 2008-11) was released by the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies, eleven days after signing a contract. Holka had no points in three games with the Grizzlies.
---
Rugged forward Tyler Barr (Coquitlam AP, Langley AP, Merritt, 2005-09) has been released by the Allen Americans of the ECHL, after he was loaned to the team back on January 12th by the SPHL's Louisiana IceGators. Barr had two points (one goal, one assist) in four games with the Americans. The North Vancouver, BC, product has two assists in nine games with Louisiana this season.
---
Forward Nicolais Gomerich (Powell River, 2014-15) has resurfaced in the Ontario Junior Hockey League with the Wellington Dukes. The 18-year-old played 21 games with Powell River this season, scoring five points (two goals, three assists) before being released by the Kings. He signed with the Dukes officially on January 9th.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Powell River's Bus Breaks Down, Langley's Bo Didur Profiled in The Province, BCHL Alumni Update:







The Powell River Kings road trip through the Interior got even longer today when their bus broke down in Kamloops, on the way back from Salmon Arm. Kings play-by-play man Alex Rawnsley tweeted this photo:
---
Steve Ewen wrote a great article on Langley Rivermen netminder Bo Didur, who - along with 11 other BCHL players - is off to Oakville, Ontario for the Canadian Junior Hockey League Prospects Game on Tuesday. The article is here.
---






Forward Denver Manderson (Penticton, 2007-10) has been reassigned to the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL by the AHL's Toronto Marlies. Manderson, who was the BCHL Interior Division MVP in 2010, has 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 23 games with the Solar Bears this season. He also has one assist in six games with the Marlies.
---






With the cost of running a junior hockey team continuing to rise, one of the longest running junior A franchises in Western Canada is in danger of folding due to a large financial deficit. The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Weyburn Red Wings face an uphill climb to get out of the hole. Ian Hamilton from the Regina Leader-Post has the story here.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Coquitlam Acquires Veteran Forward and Loses Boyd, Trail Fills Out Roster, Langley Recruits Two for 2015-16, BCHL Alumni Update:

My apologies for the lack of posts this week, but I received a book as a gift and couldn't put it down, which puts a serious dent in time for blogging.

The book is called Ice Storm: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Vancouver Canucks Team Ever, by Bruce Dowbiggin. I'll spare you a lengthy book review as there are things I did and didn't like about the book. That said, if you're a Canucks fan, it's worth checking out.

It's available at all the usual spots, find it here on Amazon.ca.

---








 
There was one trade at the BCHL Trade Deadline that wasn't reported anywhere... until the Tri-City News newspaper came out this week. The article, written by Gary McKenna, indicates that the Coquitlam Express struck a deal other than the one with Salmon Arm that saw Anthony Gardner go to the SilverBacks for futures.

It turns out that Coquitlam also acquired 20-year-old forward Thanvir Bandesha as a free agent after he was released from the Orangeville Flyers. from the Orangeville Flyers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for future considerations. Bandesha is from Abbotsford and posted three points (two goals, one assist) in 23 games with the Flyers this season. He played one game in the BCHL as an affiliate player for Langley back in 2011-12.

The Express had room to add Bandesha after 21-year-old forward Cody Boyd left the team to attend Canisius College. Back in November, Boyd committed to attend Canisius this coming September, but decided to start his education with the Winter term. He finishes his BCHL career with 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists) in 92 games. Boyd was excellent in the playoffs last season, notching nine points (three goals, six assists) in 16 games as Coquitlam won the Fred Page Cup.
---
BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
Trades Made: 23
Trades Made Within BCHL: 15
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 8
Players: 31
Future Considerations: 21
---
Here's a list of trades since the December 1st roster deadline:

10-Jan-15: Prince George acquires F Nick Guerra (96) from Nanaimo for future considerations

10-Jan-15: Victoria trades D Justin Sadler (95) to Dauphin (MJHL) for future considerations

10-Jan-15: Victoria acquires F Thomas Gobeil (94) from Cowichan for future considerations

10-Jan-15: Salmon Arm trades F Karl El-Mir (96) to Grande Prairie (AJHL) for future considerations

10-Jan-15: Salmon Arm acquires D Anthony Gardner (95) from Coquitlam for future considerations

10-Jan-15: Alberni Valley acquires F Braden Fuller (95) from Merritt for future considerations

10-Jan-15: Merritt acquires D Griffyn Martin (94) from Trail for future considerations

10-Jan-15: Chilliwack acquires F Scott Davidson (95) from Trail for D Evan MacEachern (95) and future considerations

09-Jan-15: Chilliwack trades G David Poirier (95) to Dieppe (MHL) for future considerations

08-Jan-15: Nanaimo trades D Taylor Green (95) to Coquitlam for future considerations

08-Jan-15: Cowichan trades F Keegan Milligan (96) to Melville (SJHL) for future considerations

08-Jan-15: Nanaimo acquires D Ryan Coghlan (95) from Cowichan for future considerations

07-Jan-15: Merritt acquires F Zak Bowles (95) from Alberni Valley for F Luke Bertolucci (95) and future considerations

07-Jan-15: Cowichan acquires D Connor Russell (96) from Penticton for future considerations

02-Jan-15: West Kelowna acquires D Braeden Jones (94) from Grande Prairie (AJHL) for future considerations

01-Jan-15: West Kelowna trades F Michael Buonincontri (94) and D Greydon Robinson (96) to Prince George for D Tyler Kunz (94)

01-Jan-15: Salmon Arm trades D Cole McCaskill (96) to Prince George for future considerations

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 (AJHL) for F Eric Therrien (94)

11-Dec-14: Trail trades D Sheldon Hubbard (95) to Grande Prairie (AJHL) 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 (AJHL) for D Tyler Kunz (94)

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






After trading 20-year-old captain Scott Davidson and 20-year-old blueliner Griffyn Martin on BCHL deadline day, the Trail Smoke Eaters were short of the minimum 20 player roster requirement.

As a result, the Smokies signed a pair of 1996-born players from junior B. They added 18-year-old forward Sheldon Brett from the Comox Valley Glacier Kings of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and 18-year-old forward Jordan Passmore from the North Okanagan Knights of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.

Brett, who's from Courtenay, BC and played 25 games with Trail as a 17-year-old last season, had 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists) in 29 games with the Glacier Kings this season. He had nine points (three goals, six assists) with the Smoke Eaters after joining them in December 2013 before being released during the off-season.

Passmore is from Kamloops, BC and spent 15 games with the Chase Heat, posting 15 points (seven goals, eight assists), before being traded to North Okanagan at the beginning of November. He had 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) in 20 games with the Knights.
---






The BCHL announced on Twitter earlier this week that the Merritt-Trail game scheduled for last Saturday, is rescheduled for this Tuesday, January 20th. The game was postponed because the Smoke Eaters bus had mechanical problems en route to Merritt last Saturday. It's a bit of a tough break for the Centennials as the attendance at a weeknight game is likely to be significantly less than a Saturday night.

The Cents most recent weeknight game, which was last Wednesday vs. Langley, had a posted attendance of 520. In comparison, Merritt's most recent Saturday night home game was on December 13th against Salmon Arm, and the posted attendance was 738. The Centennials will try to boost attendance for the rescheduled game vs. Trail by making admission just $2 across the board.
---
18-year-old Cents foward Cole Chorney has been added to the protected list of the WHL's Everett Silvertips. The Leduc, Alberta native has eight points (four goals, four assists) in 16 games since joining Merritt in November. According to Nick Patterson of The Herald newspaper, Chorney will join the Silvertips for two games this coming week. Patterson's article is here
---
The Langley Rivermen are active on the recruiting trail and have received commitments from two players already for the 2015-16 season. Coming to the Fraser Valley are 17-year-old forwards Justin Fregona and Adam Sinclair of St. Andrew's College, a university prep school in Aurora, Ontario.

Sinclair is the captain and Fregona the assistant captain at St. Andrew's this season. Both players are committed to NCAA schools, with Sinclair headed to Harvard in September 2016 and Fregona off to the University of New Hampshire this fall.

Stats aren't available for this season, but in 2013-14, Sinclair had 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists) in 48 games with the St. Andrew's while Fregona notched 61 points (28 goals, 33 assists) in 53 games. Players aren't able to officially sign with teams for the 2015-16 season until June 1st.







Forward Storm Wahlrab (Victoria, 2013-15) signed with the Lone Star Brahmas of the North American Hockey League. The 20-year-old was traded by the Grizzlies to Estevan of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League on January 10th, but balked at reporting to the Bruins and the deal was nullified. Wahlrab had four assists in 20 games with Victoria this season.
---
Forward Devin Muller (Salmon Arm, 2010-12) has signed a two-year extension with Chaux-de-Fonds (Swiss National League B) through the 2016-17 season. Muller has 15 points (five goals, ten assists) in 27 games with Chaux-de-Fonds this season.
---
Forward Curtis McKenzie (Penticton, 2007-09) is back in the NHL after being recalled by Dallas from its AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars. McKenzie has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 16 games for Texas, and one goal in 14 games for Dallas this season.
---
Forward Sahir Gill (Vernon, 2008-10) has signed a professional try-out with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. Gill has split this season between the Bulldogs, the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, and the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. In one game with Hamilton, he had no points. In 12 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Gill recorded three points (one goal, two assists) and in 15 games with Wheeling, he has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists).
---
Defenseman Nicholas Rioux (Quesnel/Prince George, 2005-07) signed a professional try-out with the AHL's Iowa Wild. Rioux played three games with Iowa earlier this season without registering a point. He's played 31 games for Quad City of the ECHL, recording 14 points (two goals, 12 assists).

Sunday, January 11, 2015

2014-15 BCHL Trade Deadline Review:











The CJHL and BCHL Trade/Roster deadlines came and went on Saturday night at 6 o'clock for transfers with other leagues, 8 o'clock for transfers among BCHL teams, and midnight for rosters to be set. Now that the dust has settled, teams will go with the rosters they've got for the rest of the season.

The day saw eight trades, three players released and four players signed as free agents. Every single transaction involved future considerations. The busiest team was Victoria, which made two trades, signed one player as a free agent, and released another.

In all, twelve of the BCHL's teams were active on Saturday. Langley, Penticton, Powell River, and West Kelowna didn't adjust rosters at all.
---
BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
Trades Made: 23
Trades Made Within BCHL: 15
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 8 
Players: 31
Future Considerations: 21
---
It seems wonky to me that the CJHL and its member leagues continue to have the trade/roster deadline day fall on January 10th, regardless of what day of the week that date falls upon. It's difficult for team personnel, players, and media alike to prepare for games, knowing that one eye is on the transaction wire to see what will happen.

It would make more sense to have the deadline on an off-night across the country. I know that may be next to impossible, but moving it to say, the second Monday in January, greatly reduces the chances of a game being scheduled that night, which should make things easier for everyone.

For example, this year, according to Greg Sakaki of the Nanaimo News Bulletin, Clippers GM and Head Coach Mike Vandekamp missed the beginning of the game on Saturday vs. Coquitlam while working toward the deadline, and even had his phone on the bench to reply to texts regarding potential moves. Sakaki's story is here.
---





 
As mentioned above, the Victoria Grizzlies were the busiest team on deadline day, making four moves. GM and Head Coach Scott Didmon made a big splash, acquiring 20-year-old forward Thomas Gobeil from Cowichan for future considerations. Gobeil, who's from St. Hubert, Quebec, had 23 points (13 goals, ten assists) in 25 games for the Capitals this season. He's a veteran of 155 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games.

The acquisition of Gobeil put the Grizzlies one over the BCHL limit of six 1994-born players, so Victoria attempted to trade forward Storm Wahlrab to the Estevan Bruins of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Wahlrab wouldn't report to the Bruins and as a result, was outright released by the Grizzlies. He had four assists in 20 games for Victoria this season.

The Grizz also dealt 19-year-old defenseman Justin Sadler to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Dauphin Kings. Sadler had five points (two goals, three assists) in 32 games with Victoria. He was recruited by the Grizzlies last summer from Upper Canada College varsity hockey.

Sadler was moved to make room for 17-year-old blueliner Tomba Huddlestan, who leaves the South Island Royals of the BC Major Midget League to join the Grizzlies. Huddlestan, who's from Victoria, has 12 points (two goals, ten assists) in 18 games this season with the midget Royals.
---
On top of trading Gobeil, Cowichan added a player to its roster on Saturday, signing 18-year-old forward Michal Holub as a BCHL free agent. Holub was signed by West Kelowna back in November after being released by the Lethbridge Hurricanes. He played three games with the Warriors before leaving the team to join his hometown Mission City Outlaws, where he had 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 15 games.
---
Merritt picked up 20-year-old defenseman Griffyn Martin from Trail for future considerations. Martin is in his first BCHL season, but spent 2013-14 with Union College, getting into two games as a freshman. The Fairfield, Connecticut native had 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 35 games with the Smoke Eaters. The Centennials were looking for another blueliner after placing Matt Foley on injured reserve with an upper body ailment. He's out for the remainder of the season. According to Trail's media release on the deal, at least part of the futures will see a player from Merritt head to the Smoke Eaters once the season is over.

Merritt rounded out the day by signing 18-year-old Stephan Seeger. He's from Mississauga, Ontario and is a veteran of 26 major junior games. Seeger played one game with the OHL's Oshawa Generals, but has spent the bulk of this season with the United States Hockey League's Des Moines Buccaneers, posting a goal and two assists in 11 games. He spent last season with Moncton of the QMJHL, racking up 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 25 games.
---
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs made one move, acquiring 19-year-old forward Braden Fuller from the Merritt Centennials for future considerations. Fuller tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in 17 games with Merritt this season. He was a member of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks team which won the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League championship, the Cyclone Taylor Cup Junior B Provincial championship, and the Western Canadian Keystone Cup championship last season.
---
The Salmon Arm SilverBacks picked up 19-year-old defenseman Anthony Garder from Coquitlam for future considerations. Gardner, from Langley, had eight points (two goals, six assists) in 31 games with the Express this season. He won the Fred Page Cup with Coquitlam last season, but didn't get into any games for the Express at the Western Canada Cup.

The SilverBacks made room for Gardner by sending 18-year-old forward Karl El-Mir to the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Grande Prairie Storm for future considerations. El-Mir is committed to the University of Connecticut for this September. He had 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 29 games this season. The Greenfield Park, Quebec, product led the US Premier Hockey League U18 in scoring last season with 48 points (17 goals, 31 assists) in 27 games with the Selects Hockey Academy U18 team.
---
Chilliwack and Trail hooked up on the only trade on deadline day that saw two players change teams in the same deal. It sees the Chiefs acquire Smoke Eaters 19-year-old captain Scott Davidson for 20-year-old defenseman Evan MacEachern and future considerations.

Davidson was third in scoring on the Smokies at the time of the trade, with 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 37 games. The Quinnipiac University recruit has played his entire junior hockey career in the West Kootenays, first with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks before moving up to Trail in 2012-13. Davidson is off to Quinnipiac this September. The trade will likely give him the opportunity to taste BCHL playoff hockey for the first time in his career.

MacEachern was picked up by the Chiefs in a trade with the Weeks Crushers of the Maritime Junior Hockey League last summer. He spent two seasons in the MHL prior to coming to Chilliwack. MacEachern, who played for Team Canada East at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge, had 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) in 34 games with the Chiefs this season. Despite being already a 20-year-old, MacEachern's birthday is January 9th, so he has another season of junior eligibility left.

Just like the Griffyn Martin trade with Merritt, the Smoke Eaters media release on this deal indicates that the future considerations includes a player heading from Chilliwack to Trail once the season is over.
--- 
Prince George, which has been ravaged by injuries this season, added one player, 18-year-old forward Nick Guerra from Nanaimo for future considerations. The Victoria native joined the Clippers back in November after posting 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 17 games with the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League's Saanich Braves. He notched six points (four goals, two assists) in 18 games with Nanaimo. Guerra played 22 games in a Clippers uniform last season, scoring two goals.

The Spruce Kings had room to add Guerra after putting 20-year-old forward Justin Rai on injured reserve. Rai is committed to the University of Maine for this September, but he's out for the remainder of this season with concussion-like symptoms.
---
Surrey didn't make any trades, but the Eagles did adjust their roster, releasing 17-year-old forward Johnny Wesley and 20-year-old defenseman Zane Schartz. Wesley's WHL rights were traded by Vancouver to Lethbridge on Friday and he decided to leave the Eagles and join the Hurricanes.

Schartz, who Surrey re-acquired from Trail at the beginning of October, left the Eagles to join the New Jersey Hitmen of the US Premier Hockey League. He had 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 34 games this season with Surrey. The Plano, Texas product is the third former BCHL player on the Hitmen roster, along with ex-Express and Chiefs defenseman Ben Israel and ex-Express forward Logan Coomes.

The Eagles also added 17-year-old forward Jordan Funk from the Pacific Junior Hockey League's Aldergrove Kodiaks. Funk had played eight games with Surrey as an affiliate player this season, scoring a goal and an assist, before being moved to the Eagles regular roster. The Surrey native was leading Aldergrove in scoring with 40 points (22 goals, 18 assists) in 32 games.
---
Vernon was involved in just one transaction, releasing 19-year-old forward Trevor Fidler. Fidler was suspended by the Vipers for not reporting back to the team after its Christmas break. Vernon GM and Head Coach Mark Ferner hoped to trade Fidler, but ultimately wasn't able to work out a deal. As a result, the Watertown, Massachusettes native is released outright after playing 30 games with the Vipers, scoring eight goals while adding 12 assists. Fidler's back on the roster of the USPHL's South Shore Kings, the team he played with last season before joining Vernon.
---
Here's a list of trades since the December 1st roster deadline:

10-Jan-15: Prince George acquires F Nick Guerra (96) from Nanaimo for future considerations

10-Jan-15: Victoria trades D Justin Sadler (95) to Dauphin (MJHL) for future considerations

10-Jan-15: Victoria acquires F Thomas Gobeil (94) from Cowichan for future considerations

10-Jan-15: Salmon Arm trades F Karl El-Mir (96) to Grande Prairie (AJHL) for future considerations 

10-Jan-15: Salmon Arm acquires D Anthony Gardner (95) from Coquitlam for future considerations

10-Jan-15: Alberni Valley acquires F Braden Fuller (95) from Merritt for future considerations

10-Jan-15: Merritt acquires D Griffyn Martin (94) from Trail for future considerations 

10-Jan-15: Chilliwack acquires F Scott Davidson (95) from Trail for D Evan MacEachern (95) and future considerations

09-Jan-15: Chilliwack trades G David Poirier (95) to Dieppe (MHL) for future considerations

08-Jan-15: Nanaimo trades D Taylor Green (95) to Coquitlam for future considerations

08-Jan-15: Cowichan trades F Keegan Milligan (96) to Melville (SJHL) for future considerations
 

08-Jan-15: Nanaimo acquires D Ryan Coghlan (95) from Cowichan for future considerations
 

07-Jan-15: Merritt acquires F Zak Bowles (95) from Alberni Valley for F Luke Bertolucci (95) and future considerations

07-Jan-15: Cowichan acquires D Connor Russell (96) from Penticton for future considerations

02-Jan-15: West Kelowna acquires D Braeden Jones (94) from Grande Prairie (AJHL) for future considerations

01-Jan-15: West Kelowna trades F Michael Buonincontri (94) and D Greydon Robinson (96) to Prince George for D Tyler Kunz (94)

01-Jan-15: Salmon Arm trades D Cole McCaskill (96) to Prince George for future considerations

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 (AJHL) for F Eric Therrien (94)

11-Dec-14: Trail trades D Sheldon Hubbard (95) to Grande Prairie (AJHL) 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 (AJHL) for D Tyler Kunz (94)

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