Month: April 2013

20 BCHL Alumni Begin Quest for 2013 Stanley Cup:

The 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs open tonight with three games on tap, including Minnesota at Chicago, Los Angeles in St. Louis and Anaheim home to Detroit.

In total, 20 former BCHL players are included in the quest for the Cup. Ottawa has the most alumni with five, while Toronto and Pittsburgh have three ex-BCHLers on its rosters.

F Milan Lucic (Coquitlam)

D Danny DeKeyser (Trail)

D Clayton Stoner (Powell River) 

G Carey Price (Quesnel)

F Kyle Turris (Coquitlam)
F Colin Greening (Nanaimo)
F Dave Dziurzynski (Alberni Valley)
F Derek Grant (Langley) 
D Patrick Wiercioch (Coquitlam) 

F Beau Bennett (Penticton)
F Tanner Glass (Penticton/Nanaimo)
F Trevor Smith (Surrey/Quesnel)

San Jose
F Scott Gomez (Surrey)
D Matt Irwin (Nanaimo)

F Tyler Bozak (Victoria)
D Cody Franson (Trail)
Ryan O’Byrne (Victoria/Nanaimo)

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

Salmon Arm SilverBacks Seek Director of Marketing/Corporate Sponsorships & Play-By-Play Announcer:

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks are the first BCHL team this off-season to make it publicly known that they’re looking for a play-by-play announcer/broadcaster for the 2013-14 season. The job is combined with the Backs Director of Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships.

Here’s the posting from Salmon Arm’s website:

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks are currently seeking an individual for the position of Director of Marketing/Corporate Partnerships & Broadcaster.

This position will report directly to the President and General Manager. Specific areas of focus include broadcasting SilverBacks games,selling all inventory, developing plans to market and promote the organization as well as planning and executing game nights & special events as needed.

This is a full time salary + bonus position that requires candidates to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Candidates should have 2 – 3 years experience and a history of success in sports advertising/sponsorship and/or radio/media sales & marketing.

For a complete job description qualified applicants should send their cover letter and resume to

Qualified candidates will be considered for the Marketing & Sales position separately but not for the broadcasting position.

Only those candidates who are being considered will be contacted.

**Application Deadline** Tuesday May 7th, 2013

Merritt Centennials Seek a New Athletic Therapist & Equipment Manager:

With last season’s Athletic Therapist and Equipment Manager Kyla Knox moving on from the Centennials for personal reasons, Merritt is looking to fill the position for the 2013-14 season.

This is posted on the BCHL website under “Careers”:

Job Title: Athletic Therapist/Equipment Manager
Team: Merritt Centennials League: BCHL
Location: Merritt, BC Travel Required: With Team
Level/Salary Range: Min. $2000 per month
Contract Type: Contract length negotiable
 Contact: Luke Pierce – General Manager Date posted: May 1, 2013
Will Train Applicant: In equipment related duties Posting Expires: June 15, 2013
Website Posting:
Applications Accepted By:
Fax or E-mail:
(250) 378-3609 or
Subject Line: Trainer Job
Attention: Luke Pierce
Merritt Centennials
PO Box 1730
Merritt, B.C. V1K 1B8
Job Description
Role and Responsibilities
The Athletic Therapist/Equipment Manager is a key part of the success of the Merritt Centennials Hockey Club, contributing to the health and readiness of the players and working with the coaching staff to ensure optimal performance.
·         Coordinate and implement all medical, rehabilitation and strength and conditioning activities
·         Responsible for equipment inventory tracking, maintenance and distribution
·         Responsible for injury prevention and assessment
Qualifications and Education Requirements
Preferred experience with hockey teams or other team related sports. Applicants must have (or been near completion of) the following qualifications:
·         Certified Athletic Therapist
·         Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma: Kinesiology or related program preferred.
The following credentials are preferred but not essential:
·         ATC
·         NSCA CSCS certification
·         Hockey Canada “Speak Out” and “Safety” Programs
Preferred Skills
Working knowledge of modality unit preferred. Applicants must be committed to working in team environment and proven ability to handle multiple tasks and responsibilities.

BCHL Teams Winless on Day One of Western Canada Cup:

BCHL teams are 0-2 after Day One at the Western Canada Cup in Nanaimo while Brooks and Yorkton are both 1-0.

Here are the standings heading into Day Two:

Today’s schedule sees MJHL champion Steinbach face Yorkton at 2 pm while Nanaimo takes on Brooks in the late game at 7 pm at Frank Crane Arena. The Surrey Eagles are off until tomorrow.

Here are the recaps from last night as posted on the Western Canada Cup website:

Bandits Down Eagles in Tournament Opener

The No. 1-ranked team in Canada most of the year, the Brooks Bandits showed they were worthy of the praise with a 4-2 win over the Surrey Eagles in the opening game of the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup.

Power-play goals in the second period by Mark Reners and RJ Reed gave the Bandits the margin they’d need as they held off the Eagles who staged something of a third-period rally.

Brady Shaw got Surrey on the board in the final frame but a penalty shot goal by Brooks’ Cam Maclise restored the three-goal Bandits edge and essentially sealed the win. Drew Best had a late reply for Surrey.

Bandits netminder Michael Fredrick made 40 saves in the victory while Michael Santaguida turned aside 28 for Surrey.

The Eagles are next in action Monday at 7 p.m. when they take in the Steinbach Pistons of Manitoba.

The Bandits take the ice again Sunday at 7 p.m. when they face the host Nanaimo Clippers.

Terriers Nip Host Clippers

A pair of third-period goals allowed the Yorkton Terriers to pull out a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Nanaimo Clippers Saturday night at the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup.

The teams traded two goals each in the first with Jeremy Johnson and Tayler Thompson tallying for the Terriers and Greg Fraser and Matt Grant scoring for the Clips.

Early in the second, Colton Dahlen gave the host club a 3-2 lead going into the final frame and it looked like it might hold until Johnson got his second of the night at 13:11 of the third. Devon McMullen potted thw winner with just under four minutes to go.

Dawson MacAuley turned away 39 shots to get the win in the Yorkton crease while Derek Dun made 31 stops for Nanaimo.

Yorkton is in action Sunday, playing the Steinbach Pistons of Manitoba at 2 p.m. while the Clippers play the Brooks Bandits at 7 p.m.

Inaugural Western Canada Cup Starts Today:

The inaugural Western Canada Cup opens today in Nanaimo with two games on tap.

The first game sees the BCHL champion Surrey Eagles face off against the AJHL champion Brooks Bandits at 2 pm while the second game has the SJHL champion Yorkton Terriers against the host Nanaimo Clippers at 7 pm. Both games are at the Frank Crane Arena and are broadcast on
A number of the individual teams are also broadcasting the games online, so that’s an option as well.
Here’s the release from the Canadian Junior Hockey League on the broadcasts:
The host committee for the 2013 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup announced today that every game throughout the inaugural event will be broadcast live on FASTHockey!  Fans will have the opportunity to watch the action as it happens or view the archive of all 13 games at any time.

FASTHockey’s video platform boasts breathtaking video; instant game archival for on-demand playback; personal video recorder like features including the ability to pause, rewind, or fast forward a live game; user generated instant replays allowing fans to create and save their own highlights, and full social integration.   

FASTHockey uses a unique game credit system for viewing games, which offers discounts to customers who watch multiple games and provides the freedom and flexibility to watch any FASTHockey content live or on-demand.  In order to access FASTHockey, users must first sign up for a free account at  Users can then buy one or more game credits – a single game ranges from $7.99 (when one game credit is purchased) to $5.99 (when 50 game credits are purchased). Game credits can be used to watch live games or archives on-demand and never expire.

The 2013 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup will be held from April 26 – May 5, 2013 at the Frank Crane Arena in Nanaimo, BC and hosted by the Nanaimo Clippers and the BCHL. The champions of the British Columbia Hockey League, Alberta Junior Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, and Manitoba Junior Hockey League will participate in a five-team tournament with the host Nanaimo Clippers for the 2013 Western Canada Cup at the inaugural event. The Western Canada Cup Champion and the runner-up will both represent western Canada at the RBC Cup National Junior A Championship. 

Here’s a release from the BCHL sizing up all the teams at the WCC:

Since it’s a first-ever event and a few of the teams are coming from a long way away, there are a lot of unknowns going into the inaugural Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup.

As far as the on-ice questions go, again, it’s the top-two teams at the WCC that go to the RBC Cup in Summerside, PEI.

We’ll now highlight the names you’ll be sure to hear about with a brief rundown of who to look for when the puck drops.

Steinbach Pistons – Won the Manitoba Junior Hockey League title (Turnbull Trophy) with a 4-2 series win in the finals over the Dauphin Kings.

Top scorer, regular season: Richard Olson (63 GP, 37G, 30A, 38 PIM)
Top scorer, playoffs: Justin Dalebozik (19 GP, 10G, 16A, 6 PIM)
Blueline leader: Kyle Rous (19 GP, 3G, 10A, 16 PIM in playoffs)
#1 Goalie: Corey Koop (12-7, 2.46 GAA, .924 sv% in playoffs)

Yorkton Terriers – Won the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League title (Canalta Cup) with a 4-2 series win in the finals over the Humboldt Broncos.

Top scorer, regular season: Nathan Murray (54 GP, 14G, 28A, 111 PIM)
Top scorer, playoffs: Tyler Geibel (17 GP, 6G, 9A, 17 PIM)
Blueline leader: Brady Norrish (17 GP, 6G, 5A, 2 PIM in playoffs)
#1 Goalie: Dawson MacAuley (12-5, 1.94 GAA, .932 sv% in playoffs)

Brooks Bandits – Won the Alberta Junior Hockey League title (Gas Drive Cup) with a 4-1 series win in the finals over the Spruce Grove Saints.

Top scorer, regular season: Cam Maclise (59 GP, 27G, 56 A, 18 PIM)
Top scorer, playoffs: Maclise (17 GP, 10G, 9A, 16 PIM)
Blueline leader: Maddison Smiley (17 GP, 6G, 8A, 15 PIM in playoffs)
#1 Goalie: Michael Fredrick (12-5, 2.18 GAA, .921 sv% in playoffs)

Nanaimo Clippers – Qualified as event hosts

Top scorer, regular season: Greg Fraser (54 GP, 19G, 40A, 70 PIM)
Top scorer, playoffs: Trevor Fitzgerald (5 GP, 2G, 4A, 6 PIM)
Blueline leader: Brock Maschmeyer (5GP, 0G, 4A, 4 PIM in playoffs)
#1 Goalie: Jayson Argue (2-2, 2.50 GAA, .919 sv% in playoffs)

Surrey Eagles – Won the British Columbia Hockey League title (Fred Page Cup) with a 4-2 series win in the finals over the Penticton Vees.

Top scorer, regular season: Brady Shaw (54 GP, 38G, 32A, 53 PIM)
Top scorer, playoffs: Michael Stenerson (17 GP, 8G, 12A, 8 PIM)
Blueline leader: Craig Wyszomirski (17 GP, 3G, 7A, 28 PIM)
#1 Goalie: Michael Santaguida (14-3, 1.65 GAA, .955 sv% in playoffs)

CJHL Announces Finalists for 2013 Most Valuable Player Award:

The Canadian Junior Hockey League is pleased to announce the five finalists for the 2013 CJHL MVP award. The MVP honour will be awarded to the player considered to have contributed most to his team’s success in the 2012-2013 regular season. This will be the first time the award is presented on a national level and represents one of seven newly created CJHL awards.

The five finalists for the 2013 CJHL MVP Award are spread across the country and represent the AJHL, SJHL, OJHL, CCHL and LHJAAAQ.

Paul Jr. Bourbeau, Collège Français de Longueuil, LHJAAAQ (39 GP, 30 W, 6L, 4 SO, .910 SV%, 2.42 GAA)
Paul Jr. Bourbeau was awarded LHJAAAQ Player of the Year. During the 2012-2013 regular season, Bourbeau led the league in all goaltending departments and received trophies for best goals against average, most wins, most shutouts and best save percentage. He was also selected to the LHJAAAQ All-Star Team.

Tyler Gjurich, Buffalo Jr. Sabres, OJHL (53 GP, 53 G, 44 A, 97 PTS)
Tyler Gjurich was the only OJHL player to reach the 50-goal mark, while also leading the league with 97 points. Gjurich was member of the OJHL West Division All-Stars that competed at the 2012 Central Canada Cup All-Star Challenge and he was named an OJHL 1st Team All-Star, as well as winning the OJHL Top Scorer and Rookie of the Year Awards. Gjurich has committed to University of Maine Black Bears.

Cam Maclise, Brooks Bandits, AJHL (59 GP, 27 G, 56 A, 83 PTS)
Forward Cam Maclise scored a league leading 6 game winning goals for the Brook Bandits and his 56 assists led the Alberta Junior Hockey League in the regular season. Maclise was the sole unanimous selection to the 2012-2013 AJHL South Division All League team.

Michael Pontarelli, Cornwall Colts, CCHL (53 GP, 52 G, 55 A, 107 PTS)
Michael Pontarelli had an outstanding inaugural year of junior hockey as an Associate Captain of the Cornwall Colts. Pontarelli was the 2012-2013 scoring champion with 107 points, including tallying 50 goals and 50 assists in 50 games. He was a unanimous choice for CCHL MVP and the CCHL Sportsmanship and Ability Award. Pontarelli has committed to Union College.

Alex Wakaluk, Melville Millionaires, SJHL (46 GP, 28 W, 15 L, 3 SOL, 5 SO, 2.32 GAA, .930 SV%)

Alex Wakaluk led all goalies in wins and was second in both minutes played and shutouts. Wakaluk faced more rubber than any other goalie in the SJHL, seeing an average of well over 32 shots a night.

Congratulations to the following honourable mentions for the CJHL MVP Award:

  •     Mike Dietrich, Minnesota Wilderness, SIJHL
  •     Mitch Gillam, Chilliwack Chiefs, BCHL
  •     Darcy Haines, Sudbury Nickel Barons, NOJHL
  •     Mitch Maynard, Summerside Western Capitals, MHL
  •     Guillaume Naud, Dauphin Kings, MJHL
In February 2013, the Canadian Junior Hockey League announced that it will recognize the best Junior A talent from across all 10 Junior A leagues with a new suite of national awards. The new CJHL awards include Most Valuable Player, Top Forward, Top Defenceman, Top Goaltender and Rookie of the Year. Every Junior A league in the CJHL has submitted a nominee for each award and the winner will be chosen from among those 10 national nominees.

The finalists for all CJHL player awards have been announced over the past week and an announcement of the award winners will be made during the week of May 6th-10th.

Salmon Arm SilverBacks Sold, GM Troy Mick Takes Over as Head Coach:

After months of rumours, the Salmon Arm SilverBacks confirmed today that the franchise has been sold in principal by Randy and Terry Williams to an ownership group led by GM Troy Mick, who was already a minority owner.

The new ‘Backs ownership group decided to not offer Head Coach Scott Robinson a new contract and as a result, Mick adds the Head Coach and President title to his business card. Mick started the 2012-13 season behind Salmon Arm’s bench and after two games at the BCHL Showcase, he stepped down to concentrate on his GM duties.

Here’s the official release from the SilverBacks website:

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks ownership group of Randy and Terry Williams are pleased to announce that they have agreed to a deal in principal to the sell the club to a new ownership group led by current General Manager Troy Mick.

The Williams family has owned the team for the past 6 seasons and has enjoyed great success both on and off the ice with 5 playoff appearances and over 40 NCAA scholarships during their tenure.

As part of the ownership transition the new group has decided not to renew Head Coach Scott Robinson’s contract. The SilverBacks would like to thank Scott for his contribution to the organization and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

The new group led by Mick who will continue his duties as General Manager while adding the role of President and Head Coach at the request of the new ownership group which is set to take control of the organization as early as May 1st, pending final approvals.

Randy and Terry Williams would like to thank all of their partners, fans, volunteers and the entire community of Salmon Arm for their support over the past 6 seasons. They are very proud to pass the torch off to the new ownership group and wish the organization and the community of the Salmon Arm the best of luck moving forward.

Fans can get their first glimpse of the new look SilverBacks organization next week as Spring Camp kicks off on Friday May 3rd and concludes with the Top Prospects game on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.