Year: 2011

Salmon Arm-Coquitlam Trade:

Salmon Arm and Coquitlam hooked up on a trade late Thursday night with D Taylor Love going to the Silverbacks for future considerations. There’s been no confirmation of the deal on either team’s website, nor under ‘Transactions’ on the BCHL site, but the Express did confirm it on their Twitter account and Love made his Silverbacks debut on Friday against Vernon.

To Salmon Arm:
D Taylor Love (92)
To Coquitlam:
Future Considerations

Penticton Signs Former Surrey Defenceman D.J. Jones:

Two weeks after being released by Surrey following the Eagles signing of F Trevor Cameron, D D.J. Jones (92) has been signed by Penticton as a free agent.

The Wayzata, Minnesota native had been practicing with the Vees prior to the Christmas break on a tryout of sorts. Jones is a former teammate of Penticton star Mario Lucia.

Here are the stats on Jones:

Former BCHL Forward Matt Siddall Signs With Medvescak Zagreb:


Former Powell River Kings and Langley Hornets F Matt Siddall has left the Fife Flyers of the British Elite Hockey League, where he was a player/assistant coach, and joined Medvescak Zagreb of the Erste Bank Hockey League (Austria).

Here’s the line on Siddall:
Matt Siddall new players in Zagreb bears BRLOGA

And although loosely translated, here’s the release from Medvescak’s website:

Canadian Matt Siddall new reinforcement Zagreb bears. The 27-year-old hockey player was born in Vancouver, where he made the first hockey steps.

The KHL Zagreb Centar comes from the British EIHL (Elite Ice Hockey League) team Fife Flyers in which this season has played 32 matches and reached 31 points.

Siddall has played four seasons for the University of Northern Michigan, where he played with the new-old team-mate Geoff Waugh. That same season, when he entered college, Siddall has been selected and the NHL Draft pick as”270”9-round draft pick by the Atlanta Trashers (now Winnipeg Jets). In four seasons playing in the NCAA college-division has appeared in 147 games and scored 76 points.

Since the 2008/2009 season. to 2010/2011. Siddall has played 20 games in the AHL in the Chicago Wolves, and even 177 games in the ECHL in playing for the team’s Gwinnett Gladiators and Victoria Salmon Kings. In the season 2011/2012. signed to EIHL team Fife Flyers in which he was the assistant coach.

Matt Siddall comes in Zagreb as the third replacement of the season. Unfortunately due to severe injuries Pascal Morencya, we were forced to look for players who will replace him, take his position and strengthen the team. Siddall is a player who a lot of work for the team on the ice and off ice, and we believe will be a valuable member of the team, but also the community. We hope that you will quickly fit in, and even faster to play with his new teammates – said in front of the KHL Zagreb Centar general manager of the club Markoantonio Belinić.

It is expected that Matt Siddall to join the team Monday, the 2nd January, and its premiere in front of Zagreb’s audience should have the first match in the Arena Ice Fever spectacle against Slovenian Acroni Jesenice.

Counting BCHL Alumni in the NHL:

Many following the BC Hockey League count it as the best junior ‘A’ league in Canada and it got me thinking about how many current NHL rosters feature alumni from the BCHL.

Alan at the “Small Thoughts At Large” blog did the same calculation for the WHL, so I thought I would for the BCHL.

Number of Alumni in the NHL by BCHL Franchise:

Coquitlam: 5
Nanaimo: 5
Penticton: 5
Salmon Arm: 3
Alberni Valley: 2
Chilliwack: 2
Langley: 2
Surrey: 2
Vernon: 2
Victoria: 2
Kelowna: 1
Powell River: 1
Prince George: 1

And the team-by-team listing of each player, with their current NHL club:

Coquitlam (5): (Milan Lucic – Boston, David Jones – Colorado, Brandon Yip – Colorado, Kyle Turris – Ottawa, Andrew Ladd – Winnipeg)
Nanaimo (5): (Ryan O’Byrne – Colorado, Jason Garrison – Florida, Colin Greening – Ottawa, Byron Bitz – Vancouver, Tanner Glass – Winnipeg)
Penticton (5): (Brendan Morrison – Calgary, Zac Dalpe – Carolina, Duncan Keith – Chicago, Chuck Kobasew – Colorado, Ryan Johansen – Columbus)
Salmon Arm (3): (Riley Nash – Carolina, Travis Zajac – New Jersey, Andrew Ebbett – Vancouver)
Alberni Valley (2): (Paul Gaustad – Buffalo, Harry Zolnierczyk – Philadelphia)
Chilliwack (2): (Carey Price – Montreal, Brett Festerling – Winnipeg)
Langley (2): (Shawn Horcoff – Edmonton, David Van Der Gulik – Colorado)
Surrey (2): (Ben Maxwell – Anaheim, Scott Gomez – Montreal)
Vernon (2): (Mike Santorelli – Florida, Aaron Volpatti – Vancouver)
Victoria (2): (Jamie Benn – Dallas, Tyler Bozak – Toronto)
Kelowna (1): (Willie Mitchell – Los Angeles)
Powell River (1): (Clayton Stoner – Minnesota)
Prince George (1): (Rod Pelley – Anaheim)

Couple notes:

– Remember that these are FRANCHISE counts. So the Chilliwack count includes players who may only have played with the Quesnel Millionaires and the Langley count includes former Chilliwack Chiefs players.

– Players who played for more than one BCHL team are credited to the franchise they made the biggest impact with.

– There are four BCHL teams which don’t feature an alumni in the NHL: Cowichan Valley, Merritt, Trail and Westside.

– And lastly, this is a snapshot in time only. Obviously there are many other BCHL alumni who are currently in the AHL and who may even have played games in the NHL this season, but they are not currently on NHL rosters TODAY and therefore they aren’t counting in these totals.

Chilliwack Defenceman David Thompson Commits to Penn State:

The Chilliwack Chiefs have their first college commitment since relocating from Quesnel as D David Thompson (92) has accepted a scholarship to Penn State University.

The Pennsylvania native won’t head to his home state for school until the Fall of 2013, so the Chiefs will have his services for one more season after 2011-12.

D David Thompson (92)
Here’s the official release from the Chiefs website:

The Chilliwack Chiefs organization would like to congratulate defenseman David Thompson on his acceptance of a scholarship to Penn State University beginning with the 2013-14 season.

Thompson, in his second BCHL season leads all Chiefs defensemen in scoring with four goals and 12 assists in 31 games.

“He’s just settling in to become a nasty player to play against with all kinds of ability,” said Chiefs Head Coach HarveySmyl. “He’s very deserving of this scholarship. It’s nice to see him rewarded for all his hard work.”

Forward Ben Greiner Signs With Langley:

After speculating where F Ben Greiner (93) would wind up after being released from Surrey following the Eagles signing of F Trevor Cameron (92), he’s now resurfaced with the Langley Rivermen.

Despite reports that Greiner played with the Rivermen last night in their 6-1 loss to Cowichan Valley, there’s no evidence on either Langley’s roster or the box score from the game. Regardless, he is listed on the Rivermen’s roster.

F Ben Greiner (93)

Merritt Defenceman Brandon Pfeil Commits to Brown University:


The Merritt Centennials have their second commitment for the 2012-13 season as now D Brandon Pfeil (92) is off to Brown University starting in September. Pfeil is the second Cents’ defenceman to commit as well, after Reece Willcox committed to Cornell University two weeks ago.

Here’s the line on Pfeil:
Here’s the release from the Cents’ website:


Merritt, BC – December 28, 2011

The Merritt Centennials are please to announce the commitment of defenceman Brandon Pfeil to Brown University starting with the 2012-13 season.

Pfeil has played 83 games over the last two seasons with the Cents and has already eclipsed his point total from the 2010-11 season. To this point in his BCHL career, the 6’2″ West Vancouver native has posted 13 goals and 27 assists. Three of his career goals have been game-winners. Pfeil also had 1 goal in 4 playoff games last season.

“As an organization we are extremely proud of Brandon’s commitment to Brown University next season,” said Cents GM and Head Coach Luke Pierce. “Brandon has come a long way and established himself as an elite defenceman in our league.”

“He is vital to our success and has provided significant offence from our blueline,” Pierce continued. “Brandon is the second player in as many weeks to commit to an Ivy League school and much like Reece Willcox, his hard work both in the classroom and on the ice has provided him this fantastic opportunity.”

“Brandon has been an excellent representative of the Merritt Centennials organization and will be very successful in his future endeavours,” added Pierce. “We fully expect him to contribute immediately at Brown and to remain a key contributor to our line-up for the remainder of this season.”

For further information, please contact Cents Head Coach and GM Luke Pierce at 250-378-3607.

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