Month: November 2012

Merritt-Brooks Trade:


The Merritt Centennials made their first trade of the 2012-13 season on Wednesday and now West Kelowna is the lone team in the BCHL’s Interior Division to not make a deal thus far this season.

The Cents moved 19-year-old forward Brandon Bruce to the AJHL’s Brooks Bandits in exchange for 18-year-old forward Sam Johnson and future considerations.

Bruce is a tenacious, hard-working player who should become a fan favourite in Brooks on a team that is a definite RBC Cup contender this season.
I‘ll admit that I don’t know anything about Johnson, so it’ll be interesting to see what experience he brings to Merritt from a season and a half of hockey with an outstanding team in the Bandits and his midget numbers indicate that there is some offensive potential there.

To Merritt Centennials:
F Sam Johnson (94)

http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=98330

+ Future Considerations

To Brooks Bandits:
F Brandon Bruce (93)

http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=48844

Here’s the release from the Centennials website:

The Merritt Centennials are pleased to announce the acquisition of forward Sam Johnson (94) and future considerations from the Brooks Bandits of the AJHL in exchange for forward Brandon Bruce (93).

Johnson, who’s from Okotoks, Alberta, had 4 goals and 1 assist in 20 games with Brooks this season. He notched 4 goals and 2 assists in 39 games as a rookie with the Bandits last season. Johnson also got into two playoff games as Brooks advanced to the BC-Alberta Doyle Cup championship series. He played with the UFA Bisons Midget AAA team out of Strathmore, Alberta in 2010-11, registering 23 goals and 16 assists in 34 games as a 16-year-old.

“We are excited to add a player like Sam who showed tremendous offensive potential at the midget level,” said Cents GM & Head Coach Luke Pierce. “He’s been on arguably the best team in Canada for the past season and a half and we feel maybe hasn’t been given the opportunity to show his best.”

“We look forward to having Sam join our team in the coming days and working with him to become a valuable member of our hockey club,” Pierce added.

“Brandon Bruce was instrumental in our success last year and his energy and intensity make him a very popular player from a fan perspective, Pierce continued. “His speed and tenacity will be missed but we believe there are individuals here who can make up for that.

“It’s unfortunate this season didn’t play out the way we hoped for Brandon and I’m sure from a personal standpoint, he’d echo those sentiments,” Pierce reflected. “We certainly wish Brandon all the best with Brooks and in his future beyond junior hockey.”

For further information, please contact Cents Head Coach and GM Luke Pierce at 250-378-3607 or email luke@merrittcentennials.com

The Cents next game is Friday, November 30 as they continue their 40th season of junior ‘A’ hockey at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm against the SilverBacks. Game time is 7 pm. Fans can listen to the game on Q101 FM in Merritt or watch online at FastHockey.com.

Follow the Cents on Twitter at @BCHLCentennials and on Facebook.com/MerrittCentennials

Season tickets are still available for the 2012-13 season. For more information on how to get yours, call the Cents Marketing office at 250-378-3604.

The Merritt Centennials, proudly celebrating 40 seasons as the BCHL’s longest continuously run franchise, are a non-profit, community owned Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club run by a dedicated team of investors, directors, and volunteers.

Nanaimo-Cowichan Valley Trade:


With the December 1st roster deadline approaching on Saturday, a massive trade shook the BCHL’s Island Division as the Western Canada Cup host Nanaimo Clippers added age, experience and offense in a deal with the rival Cowichan Valley Capitals.

The transaction sees the Clippers acquire 19-year-old Matthew Grant from the Caps in exchange for 18-year-old forward Jesse Neher and 18-year-old forward Luke Gordon.

Although Cowichan Valley has lost its top two scorers in the last two weeks – Grant in this trade and Ryan Hanes to the WHL – adding Neher and Gordon gives the Capitals depth up front and I would think that both will get ample amounts of ice time in Duncan to seize the opportunity.

For the Clippers, Grant is a proven point producer who should immediately step into Nanaimo’s top six and be an impact player, especially on the power play.


To Nanaimo Clippers:

F Matthew Grant (93)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=50109To Cowichan Valley Capitals:

The Nanaimo Clippers have acquired (F) (93) Matthew Grant from the Cowichan Valley Capitals in exchange for the playing rights of (F) (94) Luke Gordon and (F)(94) Jesse Neher. The 6”3 207lb Grant hails from Ladysmith BC has 6 goals, 15 assists in 20 games.

The Nanaimo Clippers would like welcome Matthew and his family to the Clipper family and would like to thank Luke and Jesse for their contributions and wish them all the best.


And from the Capitals website:

The Cowichan Capitals have completed a trade this afternoon. The Capitals have acquired forwards Jesse Neher and Luke Gordon from the Nanaimo Clippers in exchange for forward Matt Grant.

With this move the Capitals have added some depth to the forward lines. Both Neher and Gordon are experienced BCHL forwards who bring an offensive edge to the Capitals. Look for both to be in the lineup this weekend.
 
The Capitals would like to take this oppportunity to thank Matt Grant for all of his contributions to the team. We wish Matt all the best as he continues his hockey career.

December 1st Roster Deadline Approaching:

The first roster deadline of the season is coming up this Saturday, December 1st and it’s one that’s seen BCHL teams be traditionally busy.


As of December 1st, teams must be at 25 or less, which includes carded players plus available unused cards. The norm is for teams to end up with a 22 player roster and 3 cards, but occasionally teams will go with less than 22 players and then have more cards available for use leading up to the January 10th roster deadline.

For example, if a team has 28 cards remaining of the 35 they started with, (including the 22 players on their roster) and it reduces to 25 on Saturday night, it makes sense to trade now, rather than after December 1st. The idea being that the team uses up cards 23 through 28 instead of losing them. This is assuming the team wants to make some changes.

Last season saw seven trades made in the week leading up to the deadline. In 2010, there were 16 trades while in 2009, there were also 16 deals.

Here’s a look at the moves from the 2011-12 season from November 24 – December 1:

01-Dec-11     The Nanaimo Clippers Hockey Club transfers the recently acquired playing rights of Adam Botinck (92)(F) and Nicholas Wong (91)(D) to the Grande Prairie Storm Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Dan Correale and Mike Sones.

01-Dec-11     The Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Adam Boytinck (92)(F) and Nicholas Wong (91)(F) to the Nanaimo Clippers Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Tanner Clarkson (93)(F) and future considerations.

01-Dec-11     The Westside Warriors Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Tyler Krause (91)(F) and future considerations to the Okotoks Oilers Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for the playing rights of Marcus Basara (93)(F).

01-Dec-11     The Prince George Spruce Kings transfers the playing rights of Stefan Bazar (92)(F) to the St. Albert Steel Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for the playing rights of Ty Swabb (92).

29-Nov-11     The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Alex Hagen (92)(C) to the Surrey Eagles Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.

29-Nov-11     The Victoria Grizzlies Hockey Club acquire the playing rights of Mike Collins (91)(F) from the OCN Blizzard Hockey Club of the MJHL in exchange for future considerations.

28-Nov-11     The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Marcus Basara (93)(F), Connor Hartley (93)(F) and future considerations to the Okotoks Oilers Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for the playing rights of Ben Gamache (91)(F).

Here’s a look at the moves from the 2010-11 season from November 24 – December 1:

01-Dec-10     The Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Sam Higgins (90) to the Fort MacMurray Oil Barons Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations.

01-Dec-10     The Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Brett Penner to the Flin Flon Bombers Hockey Club of the SJHL in exchange for future considerations.

01-Dec-10     The Victoria Grizzlies Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Bruin McDonald (92)(D) to the Vernon Vipers Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
 
01-Dec-10     The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Bryton Udy (G)(93), Elliot Richardson (91)(D) and future considerations to the Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Kirby Halcrow (91)(G).
 
30-Nov-10     The Cowichan Valley Capitals Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Greg Ferguson to the Humboldt Broncos of the SJHL in exchange for the playing rights of Darcy Kuemper and future considerations.
 
30-Nov-10     The Powell River Kings Hockey Club acquires the playing rights of Justin Bardarson from the Melfort Mustangs of the SJHL in exchange for future considerations.
 
30-Nov-10     The Powell River Kings Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Ryan Elliot (92) to the Winnipeg Blues Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
 
30-Nov-10     The Salmon Arm Silverbacks Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Clayton Petrie (92)(F), Justin Krabben (91)(D) and future considerations to the Calgary Canucks Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for the playing rights of Kevin Mills (90)(D).
 
30-Nov-10     The Cowichan Valley Capitals Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Clayton Petrie (92)(F) to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
 
29-Nov-10     The Prince George Spruce Kings Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Jeff Datoff (92)(D) to the Nipawin Hawks Hockey Club of the SJHL in exchange for future considerations.
 
28-Nov-10     The Salmon Arm Silverbacks Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Chase Martin (92)(G) to the Cowichan Valley Capitals Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations
 
26-Nov-10     The Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Sean Cahill (90) to the Kindersley Clippers Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Brett Penner (92) and future considerations.
 
25-Nov-10     The Cowichan Valley Capitals Hockey Club acquire the playing rights of Devin Dambrauskas (92) from the Camrose Kodiaks Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations.
 
25-Nov-10     The Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club have traded the CJHL playing rights of Sterling Bear (90)(F) to the Melfort Mustangs Hockey Club of the SJHL in exchange for future considerations.
 
24-Nov-10     The Cowichan Valley Capitals Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Shawn Mueller (92)(F) and future considerations to the Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Clayton Chessa (91)(F).
 
24-Nov-10     The Penticton Vees Hockey Club transfer the playing rights of Jason Nash (91)(D) to the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club to complete the future considerations for the Michael Betz transaction completed earlier in the season.

Here’s a look at the moves from the 2009-10 season from November 24 – December 1:

01-Dec-09     The Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Breyden DeCock to the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL in exchange for the CJHL Jr A playing rights of Taylor Orser (90).

01-Dec-09     The Nanaimo Clippers Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Connor Tiechko (92)(F) to the Surrey Eagles Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
 
01-Dec-09     The Langley Chiefs Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Marcus Watson (F)(89) to the Prince George Spruce Kings Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Tyler Miller (91)(D).
 
01-Dec-09     The Alberni Valley Bulldogs Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Jesse Halikas (91)(F) to the Lloydminster Bobcats Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for the playing rights of Derek Schemenauer (90)(F) and future considerations.
 
01-Dec-09     The Burnaby Express Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Mike Puddifant (D)(91) to the Nanaimo Clippers Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
 
01-Dec-09     The Nanaimo Clippers Hockey Club acquire the playing rights of Rys Hadfield (G) from the Grande Prairie Storm Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations.
 
30-Nov-09     The Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Derek Ginnell (91)(F) and future considerations to the Sainte Agathe Hockey Club of the LHJAAAQ in exchange for the playing rights of Joshua Desmarais.
 
30-Nov-09     The Nanaimo Clippers Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Derek Ginnell (91)(F) to the Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club.
 
30-Nov-09     The Alberni Valley Bulldogs Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Curtis Tonello (90)(D) and future considerations to the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Tye Lewis (89)(F).
 
30-Nov-09     The Victoria Grizzlies Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Richard Virtanen (89)(G) to the Williams Lake Timberwolves Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
 
30-Nov-09     The Prince George Spruce Kings Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Clayton McEwan (91)(D) and future considerations to the Williams Lake Timberwolves Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Brendan Nadolny (90)(D).
 
29-Nov-09     The Burnaby Express Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Mike Chan (90)(G) to the Surrey Eagles Hockey Club in exchange for future considerations.
 
25-Nov-09     The Vernon Vipers Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Drew George (91)(F), Nick Aimes (92)(D) and future considerations to the Cowichan Valley Captials Hockey Club for the playing rights of Curtis Gedig (91)(D) and future considerations.
 
25-Nov-09     The Quesnel Millionaires Hockey Club acquire the playing rights of Jacob Verheyden (89)(F) from the Winnipeg Saints Hockey Club of the MJHL in exchange for future considerations.
 
24-Nov-09     The Merritt Centennials Hockey Club transfers the CJHL Jr A playing rights of Cole Penner (91) to the Camrose Kodiaks Hockey Club of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations.
 
24-Nov-09     The Burnaby Express Hockey Club transfers the playing rights of Matt Ridley (90)(D) to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Hockey Club in exchange for the playing rights of Mike Puddifant (91)(D).

Coquitlam-Cowichan Valley Trade:


I almost missed this deal when it came down late last week, but the Coquitlam Express made another change to their blueline, this time via subtraction without adding another piece.

The Express sent 18-year-old Brett Seldon to the Cowichan Valley Capitals in exchange for future considerations. Although the deal goes down as for “futures”, the Caps release indicates that Seldon was acquired on waivers.

As I blogged earlier this season when Tanner Cochrane went from Powell River to Chilliwack, the same situation is in play with Seldon.

Basically, the Express had a deal in place to send Seldon to a team outside of the BCHL in exchange for cash. In any deal where a player is being traded out of province for cash, the player must be placed on BCHL waivers for 24 hours before the deal is approved. The Capitals put in a claim for Seldon and as a result the trade Coquitlam made with the team outside of the BCHL was voided.

To Cowichan Valley Capitals:
Future Considerations

Here’s the release from the Capitals website:

The Capitals are pleased to announce that they have acquired 6’3″, 205 lb (94) Brett Seldon from the Coquitlam Express. 

He was acquired off waivers late yesterday and will be in the lineup tonight versus the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. The Thornhill Ontario native is a tough, stay at home defenceman who Head Coach Jim Ingram says will “Play a very gritty style of hockey”.

Langley-Pembroke Trade:


With two of the six teams in the Mainland Division involved in significant trades this week, the Langley Rivermen got into the act as well, adding a veteran presence to their blueline.

The Rivermen picked up 19-year-old defenceman Ryan Fraser-Lee from the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canada Hockey League for future considerations. Fraser-Lee, who’s from Grand Rapids, Michigan, gives Langley nine imports on its roster – which is one more than is allowed in the BCHL – but are permitted to because another import is on the injury reserve. 18-year-old defenceman Aaron Dolby is out for eight weeks with a broken thumb.

Obviously the Rivermen will need to deal with their import situation once Dolby is healthy, but until then, they are allowed to be over by one on their roster.


To Langley Rivermen:
D Ryan Fraser-Lee (93)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=121873To Pembroke Lumber Kings:
Future Considerations 

There’s nothing on the Rivermen website regarding the trade, but Brandon Astle blogged about it, here’s what it says:

The Langley Rivermen Junior “A” Hockey Club has announced a trade with the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the CCHL. The Rivermen acquire Defenseman Ryan Fraser-Lee (1993 born) for future considerations.

Fraser- Lee played in seven games for the Lumber Kings this season recording two assists and 10 penalty minutes. The previous year he played for the Chicago Steel of the USHL and picked up five assists in 40 games to go along with 83 penalty minutes. Fraser- Lee is on the taller side at 6’3”,  205 pounds and shoots right.

“Ryan is a big, steady, physical defenseman that will bring experience to our line-up,” said Rivermen Associate Head Coach Jordan Emmerson, “he is a defensive minded player and takes care of his own end first and foremost and that will only help us”.

In 2011 he was drafted by the Chicago Steel in the fourth round in the USHL draft. A year later he was then drafted into the NAHL in 2012 by the Janesville Jets in the third round.

“He is a guy that can play in any situation for us. He will be a big asset not only out on the ice, but in the dressing room as well and we believe he will be a calming influence for our younger players,” finished Emmerson.

Prince George-Vernon Trade:


On the same day that the Spruce Kings altered their defence core by trading 20-year-old Bradley Ryan to Coquitlam for a package that included 19-year-old blueliner Mark Begert, Prince George added another defenceman in 17-year-old Kevin Guiltinan from the Vernon Vipers.

In exchange for Guiltinan, who’s already committed to Harvard for next September, the Spruce Kings gave up 19-year-old forward Liam Board. So in two fell swoops, PG moved out two players and moved in three in its attempt to keep pace in a very competitive BCHL Mainland Division.


To Prince George Spruce Kings:
D Kevin Guiltinan (95)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=206367To Vernon Vipers:

F Liam Board (93)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=76788Here’s the release from the Vipers website:

The Vernon Vipers have traded 17 year old defenseman Kevin Guiltinan to the Prince George Spruce Kings in exchange for 19 year old forward Liam Board.

Guiltinan was in his first season with the Vipers recording one assist in 21 games.

Board is a product of Burlington Ontario who has played in 23 games this season with the Spruce Kings tallying 5 goals and 9 assists for 14 points.  He joined the BCHL after spending last season with the Oakville Blades where he was a teammate of current Viper Braedan Russell.

The Vipers would like to wish Kevin the best of luck in the future and welcome Liam to Vernon.  Board is expected to make his debut tomorrow night in Penticton.


And the release from the Spruce Kings website:

The Prince George Spruce Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) have completed two separate trades acquiring three new players today.

Liam Board (’93, forward) has been traded to the Vernon Vipers in exchange for Kevin Guiltinan and future considerations. Bradley Ryan (’92, defenceman) has been traded to the Coquitlam Express in exchange for Jace Hennig, Mark Begert and future considerations.

Kevin Guiltinan is a ’95 born 6′ 3″ 205 pound defenceman from London, Ontario, is described as a physical defenceman and has secured a NCAA scholarship to Harvard University.

Jace Hennig is a ’95 born 5′ 10″ 175 pound forward from Coquitlam, BC who is a great two way player with tremendous offensive upside and is committed to Merrimack University.

Mark Begert is a ’93 born 6′ 185 pound defenceman from West Vancouver, BC and is a good skating two-way defenceman.

“We are excited to add three very good players to our lineup today,” said Spruce Kings General Manager, Mike Hawes. “We have acquired a couple of tremendous all round defenceman that will improve an already strong group on defence and a tremendous two-way forward with great offensive instincts.”

“We had an opportunity to improve our club today and we took advantage of it,” continued Hawes. “It is always hard to trade two fabulous young men like Bradley and Liam. We wish them all the best with their new teams.”

The three new players are expected to be in Prince George in time for this weekend’s double header against the Surrey Eagles.

Coquitlam-Prince George Trade:


There’s been a flurry of trades in the BCHL over the last 4-5 days and I have to admit that it’s been tough keeping up with each move with analysis and a blog post.

I do Tweet each trade as I find out about it, so if you’d like to follow me on Twitter, you can do so here: http://www.twitter.com/Brian_Wiebe

Coquitlam Head Coach and GM Jon Calvano had a busy week, making no fewer than four trades. One of the biggest – if not the biggest – deals the Express made was to bring in 20-year-old defenceman Bradley Ryan from the Prince George Spruce Kings for 19-year-old defenceman Mark Begert, 17-year-old forward Jace Hennig and future considerations.


To Coquitlam Express:
D Bradley Ryan (92)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=62645To Prince George Spruce Kings:
D Mark Begert (93)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=59976F Jace Hennig (95)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=153253+ Future Considerations

The Express haven’t posted anything on their website about the trade, but here’s what’s on Eddie Gregory’s Coquitlam Expressions blog:

With the December 1st roster deadline quickly approaching, the Coquitlam Express have moved swiftly this week upgrading their size and experience on the backend.

Earlier this week they traded Dillan Walker to Trenton. And acquired 20 year old defenceman Mark Maciag from the Carleton Place Canadians for future considerations.

The latest trade sees the Express send 19 year old defenceman Mark Begert along with 17 year old forward Jace Hennig and future considerations to the Prince George Spruce Kings for 20 year old defenceman Bradley Ryan.

Ryan gives the Express some much needed size on the backend standing at 6’5 and weighing in at 210lbs. Plus he also has an offensive touch with 5 goals and 15 points in 22 games this season. He also has a scholarship to Vermont for the fall of 2013.

With the additions of Ryan and Mcaig the Express have added a pair of 20 year old blueliners. Plus they have given the blueline an upgrade in size. Both players have also put up some points this season.

The Express now have a full compliment of 20 year olds with six.. With three on the blueline.

Begert was in his second go round with the Express this season. He played his rookie season in the BCHL with the Express in the 2010-11 season. He attended Boston College last season before returning to the Express this season. where he had 5 assists in 23 games.

Hennig was in his second season with the Express and first full season in the BCHL. He had 2 goals and 2 assists in 17 games this season. He dressed for 28 games for the Express last season scoring a pair of goals and ten assists.

The Express would like to welcome Bradley to the team. And wish Mark and Jace the best of luck with Prince George. 

Here’s the release from the Spruce Kings website:

The Prince George Spruce Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) have completed two separate trades acquiring three new players today.

Liam Board (’93, forward) has been traded to the Vernon Vipers in exchange for Kevin Guiltinan and future considerations. Bradley Ryan (’92, defenceman) has been traded to the Coquitlam Express in exchange for Jace Hennig, Mark Begert and future considerations.

Kevin Guiltinan is a ’95 born 6′ 3″ 205 pound defenceman from London, Ontario, is described as a physical defenceman and has secured a NCAA scholarship to Harvard University.

Jace Hennig is a ’95 born 5′ 10″ 175 pound forward from Coquitlam, BC who is a great two way player with tremendous offensive upside and is committed to Merrimack University.

Mark Begert is a ’93 born 6′ 185 pound defenceman from West Vancouver, BC and is a good skating two-way defenceman.

“We are excited to add three very good players to our lineup today,” said Spruce Kings General Manager, Mike Hawes. “We have acquired a couple of tremendous all round defenceman that will improve an already strong group on defence and a tremendous two-way forward with great offensive instincts.”

“We had an opportunity to improve our club today and we took advantage of it,” continued Hawes. “It is always hard to trade two fabulous young men like Bradley and Liam. We wish them all the best with their new teams.”

The three new players are expected to be in Prince George in time for this weekend’s double header against the Surrey Eagles.