Month: October 2012

Alberni Valley-Camrose Trade:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs continue to make over their defence corps, this time with the addition 19-year-old Dylan Schellenberg.

It comes the same week that the Bulldogs added BCHL and WHL veteran Eric Walker to their blueline.

Schellenberg arrives from the Camrose Kodiaks of the AJHL for future considerations and he is a veteran of three junior A seasons. The Calgary native is also an 8th round bantam draft pick of the WHL’s Kootenay Ice from 2008.

Neither team has confirmed the trade on their websites, but it is listed under ‘Transactions’ on the BCHL website

To Alberni Valley Bulldogs:
D Dylan Schellenberg (93)

To Camrose Kodiaks:
Future Considerations

Chilliwack-Okotoks Trade:

The Chilliwack Chiefs raised some eyebrows around the BCHL earlier this week when they added 20-year-old goaltender Keith Hamilton to their roster, but he wasn’t there for long.
Hamilton, who has played the last two seasons in the WHL was released by the Victoria Royals last month and headed to the QMJHL where he tried out for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. He was released from that tryout and found himself looking for a place to play.
The Chiefs held Hamilton’s junior A rights after they and Austin Plevy were traded by Merritt to Chilliwack in the deal that saw Derek Huisman join the Centennials earlier this summer. With Mitch Gillam and Josh Halpenny solidified as the Chiefs two netminders, I figured a trade with Hamilton involved was in the works and there was – as he was dealt this week to the AJHL’s Okotoks Oilers for future considerations.
Neither team has confirmed the trade on their websites, but it is listed under ‘Transactions’ on the BCHL website and Hamilton made his debut for Okotoks tonight, making 32 saves in a 6-1 win over Sherwood Park.

To Okotoks Oilers:
G Keith Hamilton (92) To Chilliwack Chiefs:
Future Considerations

Victoria-Cobourg Trade:

The Victoria Grizzlies swung a deal late last week with the Cobourg Cougars of the OJHL that wasn’t announced by the BCHL until just a few days ago.

The trade sees Victoria pick up 19-year-old defenceman Chris Albertini in exchange for 19-year-old F Reid Jackman and future considerations. Since Jackman had requested a trade from the Grizzlies and was suspended for doing so, it’s no surprise that this move came down. However, since the trade, Jackman hasn’t appeared in any games for the Cougars and nor is he on their roster, so I’m not sure where he ended up.
Albertini hasn’t played junior A hockey since the 2010-11 season after spending a season and a half with the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers. He didn’t play any games with Cobourg prior to the trade as he was still with Plymouth.

What is strange to me is that Albertini made his Victoria debut last Friday (as the Grizzlies were Tweeting about his first game), yet he didn’t appear on the Grizzlies roster (their reserve roster at that) until just a day or two ago.

I don’t know if it’s possible for a player to play a game for Victoria without being on the official roster or if Albertini just needed to be signed by the Grizzlies to a Hockey Canada player card and then he was eligibile to play.

To Victoria Grizzlies:
D Chris Albertini (93)
To Cobourg Cougars:
F Reid Jackman (93)
+ Future Considerations
Neither team has confirmed the deal on their websites, but the Grizzlies blog mentioned it and it’s now included under ‘Transactions‘ at

25 BCHL Players Included on Canada West Selection Camp Roster:

It looks like the BCHL will be well represented once again this year at the World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia from Nov. 5 – 11.

Of the 60 players invited to take part in the Canada West selection camp in Calgary next week, 25 are from the BCHL.
The team-by-team breakdown is as follows:
Penticton – 6
Coquitlam – 4
Powell River – 3
Vernon – 3
Surrey – 2
Victoria – 2
Alberni Valley – 1
Chilliwack – 1
Merritt – 1
West Kelowna – 1
Goaltenders/Gardiens de but
Marc-Olivier Daigle L/G 6’1″ 180 09/18/94 Delson, Que./Qc Drayton Valley (AJHL)
Jonah Imoo R/D 6’1″ 170 04/06/94 Surrey, B.C./C.-B. Powell River (BCHL)
Chad Katunar L/G 6’4″ 215 08/14/93 Victoria, B.C./C.-B. Penticton (BCHL)
Curtis Skip L/G 5’11” 172 08/23/94 Grande Prairie, Alta./Alb. Grande Prairie (AJHL)
Tyler Steel L/G 6’2″ 175 02/25/93 Vernon, B.C./C.-B. Merritt (BCHL)
Matt Tomkins L/G 6’1″ 175 06/19/94 Sherwood Park, Alta./Alb. Sherwood Park (AJHL)
Grant Baker L/G 6’1″ 215 06/05/93 Calgary, Alta./Alb. Lloydminster (AJHL)
Marc Biega L/G 6’0″ 192 06/06/94 Pointe-Claire, Que./Qc Coquitlam (BCHL)
Jon Carlson 6’1″ 195 06/28/94 Fort Frances, Ont. Fort Frances (SIJHL)
Corey Chorneyko L/G 5’8″ 165 10/14/93 Jasper, Alta./Alb. Spruce Grove (AJHL)
James de Haas L/G 6’4″ 210 05/05/94 Mississauga, Ont. Penticton (BCHL)
Nolan De Jong L/G 6’2″ 180 04/25/95 Victoria, B.C./C.-B. Victoria (BCHL)
Marshall Donald L/G 5’11” 180 06/10/95 Edmonton, Alta./Alb. Sherwood Park (AJHL)
Kevin Guiltinan L/G 6’3″ 204 04/25/95 London, Ont. Vernon (BCHL)
Tanner Jago L/G 6’0″ 190 05/19/94 Brandon, Man. Winkler (MJHL)
Tyler Kauk L/G 6’0″ 210 09/04/93 Winnipeg, Man. Estevan (SJHL)
Shane Pilling L/G 5’10” 175 01/21/93 Lethbridge, Alta./Alb. Brooks (AJHL)
Luke Ripley L/G 6’3″ 195 04/16/94 Kitimat, B.C./C.-B. Powell River (BCHL)
Maddison Smiley R/D 6’0″ 180 02/20/94 Airdrie, Alta./Alb. Brooks (AJHL)
Carson Soucy L/G 6’4″ 195 07/27/94 Irma, Alta./Alb. Spruce Grove (AJHL)
Troy Stecher R/D 5’11” 180 04/07/94 Richmond, B.C./C.-B. Penticton (BCHL)
Paul Stoykewych L/G 6’0″ 200 03/09/95 Winnipeg, Man. Winnipeg (MJHL)
Devon Toews L/G 5’11” 165 02/21/94 Abbotsford, B.C./C.-B. Surrey (BCHL)
Mike Williamson L/G 6’3″ 210 09/05/93 Leduc, Alta./Alb. Spruce Grove (AJHL)
Tayler Balog L/G 6’1″ 191 04/21/94 Weyburn, Sask. Nipawin (SJHL)
Ryan Berlin L/G 6’0″ 181 02/10/94 Edmonton, Alta./Alb. Whitecourt (AJHL)
Josh Betinol R/D 5’7″ 150 03/12/94 Chestermere, Alta./Alb. Battlefords (SJHL)
Brett Boehm R/D 6’0″ 160 09/19/94 Martensville, Sask. Flin Flon (SJHL)
Bradley Cox R/D 6’0″ 172 01/26/94 Thunder Bay, Ont. Thunder Bay (SJHL)
Bowen Croft R/D 5’10” 175 07/31/94 Sherwood Park, Alta./Alb. Sherwood Park (AJHL)
Dexter Dancs L/G 6’2″ 190 02/01/95 Vancouver, B.C./C.-B. Penticton (BCHL)
Rhyse Dieno R/D 5’11” 170 07/03/93 Davidson, Sask. La Ronge (SJHL)
Hudson Friesen L/G 6’2″ 185 05/15/93 East St. Paul, Man. Selkirk (MJHL)
Nelson Gadoury L/G 6’1″ 186 03/30/95 Calahoo, Alta./Alb. Camrose (AJHL)
Aaron Hadley R/D 6’3″ 200 07/22/93 Castlegar, B.C./C.-B. Vernon (BCHL)
Dante Hahn R/D 6’1″ 190 04/15/95 Victoria, B.C./C.-B. Victoria (BCHL)
Connor Hoekstra R/D 5’11” 196 01/21/93 St. Albert, Alta./Alb. Canmore (AJHL)
Kurt Keats L/G 5’8″ 160 08/16/95 Winnipeg, Man. Winnipeg (MJHL)
Alex Kerfoot L/G 5’10” 165 08/11/94 West Vancouver, B.C. Coquitlam (BCHL)
Patrick Lee L/G 5’9″ 155 10/08/94 Calgary, Alta./Alb. Brooks (AJHL)
Seb Lloyd L/G 5’10” 185 04/25/94 Prince George, B.C./C.-B. West Kelowna (BCHL)
Tanner MacMaster L/G 5’9″ 146 01/08/96 Calgary, Alta./Alb. Camrose (AJHL)
Dylan Mascarin L/G 6’0″ 160 08/25/95 Thunder Bay, Ont. Thunder Bay (SIJHL)
Dylan McCombie R/D 5’8″ 172 12/29/94 Flin Flon, Man. Flin Flon (SJHL)
Brandon Morley L/G 5’9″ 160 04/17/94 Burnaby, B.C./C.-B. Coquitlam (BCHL)
Wade Murphy R/D 6’0″ 180 10/22/93 Victoria, B.C./C.-B. Penticton (BCHL)
Anthony Paskaruk R/D 5’10” 175 01/18/94 Airdrie, Alta./Alb. Brooks (AJHL)
Austin Plevy L/G 5’10” 175 11/14/94 Langley, B.C./C.-B. Chilliwack (BCHL)
David Pope L/G 6’2″ 193 09/27/94 Edmonton, Alta./Alb. West Kelowna (BCHL)
Zach Pryzbek L/G 6’4″ 205 04/25/94 Niagara on the Lake, Ont. Coquitlam (BCHL)
Michael Rebry L/G 6’1″ 190 10/15/93 Clear Creek, Ont. Penticton (BCHL)
Dylan Richard L/G 6’0″ 185 02/05/93 Sherwood Park, Alta./Alb. Spruce Grove (AJHL)
Evan Richardson R/D 5’8″ 170 05/30/94 Nanaimo, B.C./C.-B. Powell River (BCHL)
Colton Spicer L/G 6’1″ 185 02/14/95 Fort Frances, Ont. Fort Frances (SIJHL)
Michael Stenerson L/G 5’10” 165 01/20/93 Surrey, B.C./C.-B. Surrey (BCHL)
Adam Tambellini L/G 6’4″ 177 11/01/94 Edmonton, Alta./Alb. Vernon (BCHL)
Andrew Taverner L/G 5’11” 182 05/07/95 Edmonton, Alta./Alb. Sherwood Park (AJHL)
Parker Thomas R/D 6’1″ 180 03/12/93 Winnipeg, Man. Selkirk (MJHL)
Evan Tironese L/G 5’9″ 163 08/02/95 Qualicum Beach, B.C. Alberni Valley (BCHL)
Russell Trudeau L/G 5’9″ 175 08/07/93 Landmark, Man. Melville (SJHL)

Reserve Roster – Langley Rivermen:

Alphabetically, the Cowichan Valley Capitals should be the next team on the blog to have their reserve roster highlighted, but the Caps don’t have any players on their reserve roster, so we move to the next team in sequence – the Langley Rivermen.

D Ben McWilliams (93)

Surrey-Coquitlam Trade:

I first Tweeted about this deal on Thursday night, but the Coquitlam Express and Surrey Eagles have combined on arguably the biggest trade through the first quarter of the 2012-13 BCHL season.

The Eagles send captain Brandon Morley (94) to the Express in exchange for veteran forward Brady Shaw (92) in a one-for-one swap.

This looks to me like a pure “hockey deal” that ultimately could work out well for everyone involved – teams and players.
The trade hasn’t been reported under “Transactions” on the BCHL website, but Morley is on Coquitlam’s roster while Shaw is now on Surrey’s roster. Both teams have confirmed the trade as well, either on their websites or social media, or both.

It breaks down like this:

To Surrey Eagles:
F Brady Shaw (92)

To Coquitlam Express:
F Brandon Morley (94)

Here’s the release from the Eagles:

For immediate release: October 19, 2012

The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club announced on Friday that the team has traded Brandon Morley (94) to the Coquitlam Express in exchange for forward Brady Shaw (92).

Morley spent the last two seasons with the Eagles, playing alongside his older brother Tyler. In 2010-2011, Morley was named the team’s rookie of the year, and in 2011-2012, he put up 47 points in 49 games, helping the Eagles to a spot in the Coastal Conference final.

“The Eagles would like to thank Brandon for all that he’s given to our program,” said Head Coach and General Manager Matt Erhart. “He’s a hard worker and a mature young man that has a bright future ahead of him. Coquitlam is getting a quality individual.”

Shaw joins the Eagles after a strong start to the season in Coquitlam where he scored six goals and three assists in 12 games. The 20-year-old is in his second BCHL season after finishing second on the Express in goals with 33 last year. Shaw, who hails from Ottawa, is also the son of former NHLer and current St. Louis Blues assistant coach Brad Shaw.

“The Eagles are very excited to acquire a proven goal scorer like Brady,” said Erhart. “He possesses a great release and has always been dangerous against us. We expect him to provide an immediate offensive threat for our hockey club.” 

Here’s the release from the Express on Eddie Gregory’s Coquitlam Expressions blog:
The Coquitlam Express and Surrey Eagles have teamed up for one of the biggest trades so far this BCHL season.

The Express sent 20 year old power forward Brady Shaw (92) to the Surrey Eagles in exchange for their captain Brandon Morley (94). 

There may be a difference in size between the two players with Shaw standing at 6’2 200lbs, and Morley at 5’9 160lbs. But the one thing they both have in common is a physical game. 

The Express are getting a veteran of 2 BCHL seasons with the Eagles in Morley. He has 5 assists in 11 games so far this season. Last year he produced at better than a point per game clip with 14 goals and 49 points in 47 games. 

Brandon has developed a reputation in his first two seasons in the league as a very difficult player to play against with his in your face style. He certainly is one of those players you would rather have on your team than to be playing against him. 

Last year he was linemates with current Express forward Alexander Kerfoot as they helped Team Canada West win the gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge in Langley. 

Before entering the BCHL, Morley played with the Northwest Giants of the BC Major Midget League where he was coached by current Express Head Coach and GM Jon Calvano.

The Express acquired Shaw early last season. He went on to score 33 goals and 69 points in 57 games with the Express. This season he had 6 goals and 9 points in 12 games. 

The Express would like to welcome Brandon to the organization and wish Brady all the best with the Eagles.

Reserve Roster – Coquitlam Express:

Another team with a small affiliate player list/reserve roster is the Coquitlam Express. 
Their roster only features 15-year-old phenom Mathew Barzal, who was the 1st overall pick by the Seattle Thunderbirds in this year’s WHL Bantam Draft.

Barzal played two games with the Express at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack to start the season.

F Mathew Barzal (97)