Month: January 2013

BCHL Hands Down Suspensions to Penticton and West Kelowna:

The BC Hockey League released the suspensions stemming from the incident at the end of last Saturday’s game in Penticton between the Vees and West Kelowna Warriors.

A total of 18 penalties were handed out at the 20:00 mark of the third period of Penticton’s 2-1 win over the Warriors and after reviewing the video, the BCHL handed out the following discipline:

West Kelowna
Defenceman Braxton Bilous – suspended a total of 8 games (3 games for receiving a gross misconduct, 3 games for leaving the dressing room area to join an altercation and 2 games for provoking an altercation at the end of a game) – eligible to return on Tuesday, February 26 vs. Vernon.
Forward  Shawn Hochhausen – suspended a total of 7 games (3 games for leaving the bench to fight, 2 games for fighting at the end of a game and 2 games for provoking an altercation at the end of a game) – eligible to return on Saturday, February 23 @ Merritt.

Defenceman Matthew Berry-Lamontagna – suspended a total of 2 games (1 game for leaving the bench to join an altercation and 1 game for provoking an altercation at the end of a game) – eligible to return on Saturday, February 9 @ Vernon.

Forward Brennan Clark – suspended 1 game for leaving the bench to join an altercation – required to sit out one of the Warriors remaining 14 games.
The Warriors also are fined an undisclosed amount.

*According to Jon Zacks’ blog (The General’s Report), the suspensions doled out to the Warriors are not complete and there are more to come.

Forward Mike Rebry – suspended a total of 5 games (3 games for leaving the bench to engage in a fight and 2 games for fighting at the end of a game) – eligible to return on Sunday, February 17 vs. Cowichan Valley.

Forward Cody DePourcq – suspended 1 game for leaving the bench to join an altercation – required to sit out one of the Vees remaining 12 games.
Defenceman Brayden Park – suspended 1 game for leaving the bench to join an altercation – required to sit out one of the Vees remaining 12 games.
The Vees also are fined an undisclosed amount. 

Penticton put out a media release on the suspensions earlier this evening:

The British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) has announced suspensions stemming from the conclusion of the January 26th contest between the Penticton Vees and West Kelowna Warriors at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The BCHL has suspended Vees forwards Michael Rebry for five (5) games and Cody DePourcq and Brayden Park each for one (1) game. Also the league office has fined the Vees an undisclosed amount, as a result of the altercation at the end of the game.

Rebry will immediately serve his suspension and will be eligible to return on February 17th when the Vees host the Cowichan Valley Capitals. DePourcq and Park will each serve a one game suspension, determined by the team, before the conclusion of the regular season.

The Vees organization will not appeal the ruling and supports the BCHL’s decision. Per league policy, the Vees will no longer comment on the incident.

Two BCHL Alumni Featured in AHL All-Star Classic:

As I Tweeted earlier tonight, the AHL All-Star Classic, which was tonight in Providence, Rhode Island, featured two former BCHL players.

Defenceman Brad Hunt of the Chicago Wolves, who skated in the BCHL with the Burnaby Express, scored the third goal for the Western Conference All-Stars en route to a 7-6 win. The Maple Ridge product had one shot in the game and finished at +1, which is remarkable considering his team allowed six goals.

Meanwhile, defenceman Brandon Manning of the Adirondack Phantoms, a former Prince George Spruce King, finished with two shots and was -1 for the Eastern Conference All-Stars in the loss.
D Brad Hunt

D Brandon Manning’s the summary from

Western Conference AHL All-Stars 7 at Eastern Conference AHL All-Stars 6 – Status: Final
Monday, January 28, 2013 – Dunkin’ Donuts Center

Western Conference 4 1 2 – 7
Eastern Conference 1 3 2 – 6

1st Period-1, Western Conference, Zucker 1 (Shore, Peters), 7:39. 2, Eastern Conference, Kolarik 1 (Tardif, Gudas), 11:14. 3, Western Conference, Fraser 1 (Bartley), 13:25. 4, Western Conference, Hunt 1 (Nyquist, Cundari), 14:35. 5, Western Conference, Shore 1 (Zucker, McNabb), 15:11. Penalties-No Penalties

2nd Period-6, Eastern Conference, Audy-Marchessault 1 (Johnson, Panik), 4:57. 7, Eastern Conference, Kearns 1 (Butler, Niederreiter), 6:31. 8, Western Conference, Hamilton 1 (Arcobello), 16:43. 9, Eastern Conference, Kolarik 2 (Gudas, Toffoli), 17:11. Penalties-No Penalties

3rd Period-10, Western Conference, Hamilton 2 (Agozzino, Arcobello), 5:41. 11, Eastern Conference, Toffoli 1 (Taffe, Meech), 7:33. 12, Eastern Conference, Whitfield 1 (Barberio, Gryba), 17:30. 13, Western Conference, Hamilton 3 (Arcobello, Oleksiak), 19:48. Penalties-Cundari West (tripping), 13:31.

Shots on Goal-Western Conference 18-16-10-44. Eastern Conference 13-16-8-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Western Conference 0 / 0; Eastern Conference 0 / 1.
Goalies-Western Conference, Peters 0-0-0 (13 shots-12 saves); Brust 0-0-0 (16 shots-13 saves); Mrazek 1-0-0 (8 shots-6 saves). Eastern Conference, Svedberg 0-0-0 (18 shots-14 saves); McElhinney 0-0-0 (16 shots-15 saves); Lehner 0-1-0 (10 shots-8 saves).
Referees-Ryan Fraser (14).
Linesmen-Joe Andrews (32), Bob Paquette (18).

BCHL Team Reports in Hockey Now:

The latest edition of Hockey Now newspaper has another look around the BCHL as compiled by the league’s Communications Director Brent Mutis.

BCHL Team Reports
January 26, 2013 Posted in BC Edition, Junior A
By / Brent Mutis
The Jan. 10 trade deadline saw 11 transactions involving 15 players as some teams loaded-up for the stretch run and others looked towards next season. The changing shape of rosters has big implications on the division races and playoff positioning. Now is the time for potential MVP candidates to provide their closing statements.
Alberni Valley Bulldogs– The third-place ‘Dogs were buyers at the deadline, bringing in Teal Burns from Cowichan Valley and Chase Paylor from Olds of the AJHL in exchange for futures. The early-season scoring pace has slowed but Jay Deo has become a real workhorse in net, making 57 saves in one recent win.
Cowichan Valley Capitals– The Caps’ goals-against are pretty respectable but scoring is real hard to come by as Steen Cooper and Mikael Jung are the only double-digit scorers. In an incredibly busy January schedule, the Caps are off to a 1-5-2 mark through eight games.
Nanaimo Clippers– The Western Canada Cup hosts bolstered their lineup by adding rugged playmaker Aaron Hadley from Vernon and defenceman Brock Maschmeyer from Fort McMurray of the AJHL. Blueliner Chris Rygus has come alive of late with seven points in his last five games.
Powell River Kings– Only four teams have scored fewer goals than the Kings but injury woes kept key components out of the lineup the last three months. Captain Teagan Waugh missed most of November and December but has five points in his last three games while J.P. Villeneuve has six in his last five.
Victoria Grizzlies– With a 14-point lead over second-place Nanaimo, it would take a mega meltdown for them not to win the division. The big question is who they take on in the playoffs as the 2-3-4 team are separated by just five points. Myles Fitzgerald is on a 14-game point streak in which he’s tallied 23 points.
Chilliwack Chiefs– The acquisition of Philip Zielonka from Coquitlam gives the Chiefs offense another deadly weapon as he’s been held scoreless in just four of the 41 games he’s played. Forward Josh Hansen is back after a five-week injury absence and Spencer Graboski has put up a point per game in his last seven.
Coquitlam Express– Sellers at the deadline, the Express managed to add talented defenceman Ben Israel and young forward Garrett Forster from Chilliwack. WHL transfer Adam Rossignol will be leaned on at centre and hometown boy Adam Rockwood gets to show his skill and has five points in his last five games.
Langley Rivermen– The good news is the Rivermen have won their last four games against Coquitlam who they’re fending off for the final playoff spot. The bad news is they’ve lost their last five against division rivals ahead of them in the standings. Mario Puskarich is the BCHL leader in goals (28) and points (56).
Prince George Spruce Kings– The Spruce Kings have been shut-out twice in January but have also produced a seven-goal game. The up-and-down offence should get balance with the addition of former Edmonton Oil Kings centre David Stephens who has two goals and three assists in four games with PG.
Surrey Eagles– Surrey landed the league’s most coveted asset at the Jan. 10 deadline, bringing in Adam Tambellini. Along with Brady Shaw, Surrey now has one of the most dynamic duos in the BCHL. Add in Michael Santaguida’s goaltending and you’ve got a team many will be picking to go deep in the playoffs.
Merritt Centennials– They’ve allowed the fewest goals in the league but have also played fewer games than any other team. Tyler Steel is tied for the league lead with four shutouts and also leads all goalies with three assists. Sean Maktaak has 13 points in his last eight games.
Penticton Vees– Penticton shrewdly picked up John Siemer from Coquitlam on Jan. 10 and he becomes the Vees leading scorer. Troy Stecher has 10 points in his last nine games and is now the league’s top-scoring defenceman. A four-game win streak has them 12 points clear of Merritt for first place.
Salmon Arm SilverBacks– Consecutive wins over Trail Jan. 18 and 19 gives the ’Backs a three-point cushion on the Smokies for the final playoff spot. New No. 2 goalie Angus Redmond got his first two BCHL wins in the recent set against Trail and Ryan Schwalbe has seen some offensive traction with seven points in his last eight.
Trail Smoke Eaters– They’ve lost three straight but getting leading scorer Brent Baltus back is a huge help and he’s had an assist in each of his two games since returning. The Smokies must improve their penalty kill and power play, both ranked last in the BCHL.
Vernon Vipers– Moving Adam Tambellini and Aaron Hadley at the deadline would seem to have left the club without much offence but Andrew Tegeler and Mason Blacklock have found chemistry as the new go-to guys. A recent Vancouver Island road trip brought two wins in three games including a narrow 1-0 defeat to Victoria.
West Kelowna Warriors– The Tribe has a chance to get home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs but they’ll have to surpass Merritt, who they are currently tied with. Forwards Seb Lloyd and Marcus Basara have been on fire lately with Lloyd on a 13-game point streak.

Penticton Vees D Troy Stecher’s WHL Rights Traded from Portland to Victoria:

I’m pretty sure this won’t have any impact on the Vees roster, but this is definitely an interesting transaction in the WHL.
Stecher is already committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha for next season, so unless he changes his mind and decides to go the WHL route, that’s where Penticton’s captain will play starting in September.

In fact, Vees play-by-play man Fraser Rodgers (@VeesVoice) Tweeted earlier today when news of the trade came out: “Per last RT, no Stecher isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

D Troy Stecher (94)

Here’s the release from the Royals website:
For Immediate Release
Friday, January 25, 2013
Victoria, BCThe Victoria Royals today announced that the club has acquired the rights to defenceman Troy Stecher (1994) from the Portland Winterhawks in exchange for two eighth round picks in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Stecher was a player on Portland’s 50-man player protected list. Teams are permitted to trade list players after the WHL trade deadline.
Originally drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft by the Winterhawks, Stecher currently plays for the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). As the Vees’ captain this season, the 5-11, 180 pound defenceman has posted an impressive 36 points (7g-29a) through 39 games played.
Stecher has been a member of the Vees for the past three seasons. In the 2011-12 season, the Richmond, BC native recorded 42 points (5g-37a) in 53 games of BCHL action en route to an RBC Cup championship. In the 2010-11 campaign, Stecher posted 20 points (5g-15a) with Penticton as a rookie.

Spotlight on BCHL Academic All-Stars:

In the latest issue of Smart Hockey Magazine, which is available at BCHL arenas across the province and also at the following link:, I had the honour of contributing six profiles for the BCHL’s “Academic All-Stars”.

The players who I profiled were Nic Renyard (Penticton Vees), Jeff Wight (Merritt Centennials), Brayden Sherbinin (Salmon Arm SilverBacks), Kevan Kilistoff (Surrey Eagles), Viktor Dombrovskiy (Langley Rivermen) and Jake LeBrun (Prince George Spruce Kings)

You can read the profile of each player in the latest Smart Hockey Magazine, but I also recorded my chat with each of them as well.

28 BCHL Alumni on NHL Opening Day Rosters:

A feather in the cap of the BCHL is the number of former players featured on NHL rosters to start the 2012-13 season. No doubt there will be other BCHL alumni to play in the NHL this season as they are called up from the minors, but according to the rosters as posted on at 7 a.m. today, there are 28 former BCHLers that I count.

If there are any that I’ve missed, please be sure to let me know in the comments section below. 
A total of 11 current BCHL cities (Coquitlam, Nanaimo, Penticton, Victoria, Vernon, Salmon Arm, West Kelowna, Chilliwack, Langley, Powell River, Trail) and one defunct (Quesnel) have at least one player representing them on NHL rosters while five current BCHL cities (Alberni Valley, Cowichan Valley, Merritt, Prince George, Surrey) don’t have any.
Here’s a breakdown by BCHL team:

Coquitlam/Burnaby – 6
Nanaimo – 5
Penticton – 5
Victoria – 4
Vernon – 3
Salmon Arm – 2
West Kelowna/Westside – 1
Chilliwack – 1
Langley – 1
Powell River – 1
Trail – 1
Quesnel – 1
The Colorado Avalanche lead the way among NHL teams with four former BCHL players on their roster while the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators are next with three each. Edmonton, Florida and Toronto each have two former BCHLers while Boston, Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, San Jose and Winnipeg each have one. Only 13 NHL teams (Anaheim, Buffalo, Calgary, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York (I), New York (R), Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington) don’t feature a BCHL alum on their rosters.

The official NHL rosters don’t include unsigned Dallas forward Jamie Benn (Victoria) and injured Los Angeles defenceman Willie Mitchell (Kelowna) so I haven’t included them in the overall numbers.

Milan Lucic (Coquitlam)

Zac Dalpe (Penticton)

Duncan Keith (Penticton)

David Jones (Coquitlam)
Chuck Kobasew (Penticton)
Ryan O’Byrne (Victoria/Nanaimo)
Greg Zanon (Victoria)

Ryan Johansen (Penticton)

Jordie Benn (Victoria)

Justin Schultz (Westside)
Shawn Horcoff (Chilliwack)

Mike Santorelli (Langley/Vernon)
Tyson Strachan (Vernon)

Clayton Stoner (Powell River)

Carey Price (Quesnel)

Brandon Yip (Coquitlam)

New Jersey
Travis Zajac (Salmon Arm)

Colin Greening (Nanaimo)
Kyle Turris (Burnaby)
Patrick Wiercioch (Burnaby)

Tanner Glass (Penticton/Nanaimo)

San Jose
Matt Irwin (Nanaimo)

Tyler Bozak (Victoria)
Cody Franson (Trail)

Andrew Ebbett (Salmon Arm)
Jason Garrison (Nanaimo)
Aaron Volpatti (Vernon)

Andrew Ladd (Coquitlam)

Vernon Vipers – Trade Deadline:

With the Vernon Vipers struggling at times this season, many expected that the team would be very active at the trade deadline, looking ahead to next season when they host the RBC Cup National Junior ‘A’ Championship.

I’m not sure if the Vipers pulled the plug on this season completely, but they did make three significant trades that not only impact their roster now but also in 2013-14.

First, Vernon moved its leading scorer, 18-year-old Adam Tambellini and future considerations to the Surrey Eagles for 18-year-old forward Mason Blacklock and future considerations. 
Then, the Vipers dealt 20-year-old forward Pearce Eviston to the Victoria Grizzlies for futures. Vernon had already sent Eviston home prior to the deadline due to a dispute over playing time. The future considerations in this trade are partly from a move during the 2011-12 season which saw the Vipers pick up defenceman Sean Robertson from the Grizzlies.

Lastly, Vernon sent 19-year-old forward Aaron Hadley to the Western Canada Cup host Nanaimo Clippers for future considerations.
I have no idea what the futures are coming back to the Vipers in any of these trades, but would not be surprised at all if they are a combination of a number of players and cash that sets Vernon up for the 2013-14 season and a run at the RBC Cup, despite already being assured a berth due to being the host team.
To Vernon Vipers:
+ Future Considerations

To Surrey Eagles:
+ Future Considerations


To Vernon Vipers:
Future Considerations

To Victoria Grizzlies:

To Vernon Vipers:
Future Considerations

To Nanaimo Clippers:
The Vipers summarized all of the moves on their website:

The Vernon Vipers made some extremely significant moves prior the January 10th trading deadline.

Move number one saw the Vipers ship their leading scorer Adam Tambellini(94) to the Surrey Eagles in exchange for Mason Blacklock (94) and future considerations.

Tambellini who was in his second season with the Vipers was leading the Vipers in both goals (22) and points (39).  His goal total was good enough for third in the BCHL behind Mario Puskarich of Langley and his new teammate Brady Shaw.

Blacklock is in his third BCHL season and his first with the Eagles.  So far this season he has 9 goals and 8 assists for 17 points in 34 games.  The 6’1 195 pound product of White Rock has also spent time in the league with Nanaimo and Langley.

The second move on deadline day saw the Snakes ship third year Viper Aaron Hadley to the Nanaimo Clippers in exchange for future considerations.  Hadley had played 146 regular season games in a Viper uniform.  This season his 12 goals were good for second on the team behind Tambellini.

General Manager and Head Coach Jason Williamson admits these were difficult moves to make.  “Any time you are trading away two of your best players it is an extremely difficult thing to do.   They were both very big parts of our dressing room and our team.  This was one of the most difficult things I have had to do in my time as General Manager.  With that being said we had to take a look at what was best for the Vipers next season with hosting the RBC Cup and at the same time continuing to push for a playoff spot this season.  We are very happy with the players we have coming in next season as well as being able to add a player like Mason this year”

Vernon also shipped forward Pearce Eviston to the Victoria Grizzlies in exchange for future considerations while adding 19 year old defenceman Jason Bird to the roster.

The Vipers would like to wish Adam,Aaron and Pearce the best of luck this season and in the future and would like to welcome Mason and Jason to the hockey club.