Monday, May 30, 2016

Two BCHL Alumni Remain in the Quest for the Stanley Cup:

                                                                                                                   Image: Pittsburgh Penguins / Twitter

For the last six seasons, fans of the BC Hockey League have seen at least one of their alumni hoist the Stanley Cup as NHL champion and there is an opportunity for the same to happen this year as the Pittsburgh Penguins meet the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks don't feature a former BCHL player on their roster, while the Penguins roster has two. Former Westside Warriors defenceman Justin Schultz has skated in nine playoff games for Pittsburgh this year, notching two assists and a +3 rating.

                                    

Schultz, who's from Kelowna, had 25 goals and 66 assists in 105 career BCHL games with the Warriors over parts of three seasons.

Meanwhile, former Penticton Vees forward Beau Bennett has only played one game for Pittsburgh during the playoffs and registered no points with a -2 rating. The 24-year-old has been dealing with an injury and was only cleared to play just over a week ago. Bennett also missed 10 regular season games dating back to early April.

                                          Image: Penticton Vees / The Three Vees Blog

Bennett, from Gardena, California, played only one season in the BCHL with the Vees in 2009-10, putting up 41 goals and 79 assists for 120 points in 56 games. He won the 2010 Interior Conference Rookie of the Year award and the Brett Hull trophy as the BCHL's top scorer.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Alberni Valley Bulldogs - Eligible Returnees and Graduating Players:

Bulldogs forward Jordan Sandhu, who led all U17 scorers
 in the BCHL during the 2015-16 season
With the 2015-16 BCHL season officially done for 16 of the circuits's 17 teams, anticipation is building for next season already.

With future considerations from this season's trades potentially turning into players for next season, recruiting, and players moving on due to age or college commitments, there's no shortage of work to be done before the 2016-17 season starts in September at the 5th Annual BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack.

I'll break down what all 17 teams are looking at roster-wise heading into the off-season. These numbers will likely change as players look to move to other leagues like the WHL, USHL, NAHL, are included in trades, retire, or wind up committing to post-secondary institutions before September and don't return to their BCHL clubs.


The depth chart is based on coaches going with a 22-man roster of 13 forwards, 7 defensemen and 2 goaltenders.

So let's start alphabetically, with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs:

Graduating Players
Chris Schutz (Robert Morris University)
Eric Margo (Queen's University)
Ryan Finnegan (Quinnipiac University)
Garrett Halls (aged out)
Owen Johnson (aged out)
Marshall Skapski (traded to Merritt)
Adam Donnelly (traded to Steinbach - MJHL)

Eligible Returnees
(* indicates an open spot - assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 7 defensemen)

Forwards
*
*
*
*
*

Defensemen
*
*
*
*

Goalies