Month: August 2013

Penticton – Surrey Trade:

The Penticton Vees made a trade on Friday which saw the remaining member of their defence from 2012-13 leave the team.

The Vees traded 17-year-old Brayden Park to the Surrey Eagles for future considerations. As a result, Penticton has a completely new blueline for this season.

The deal hasn’t been announced on either team’s website, but Park is now on the Eagles roster and it’s also on the BCHL site under “Transactions”.

To Surrey Eagles:
D Brayden Park (96) Penticton Vees:
Future Considerations

Cowichan – Dauphin Trade:

OK, we know the Cowichan Capitals and Dauphin Kings of the MJHL have made a trade, but it’s very unclear exactly what’s involved in it.
Most certainly, 18-year-old defenseman Nathan Deyell is off to Dauphin as he’s the only consistent piece I’ve seen reported regarding the deal, however, the question is whether or not the Caps also traded 18-year-old forward Mitch Crisanti and received 19-year-old forward Sutton Olson.
Yesterday, the Capitals posted the following on their website:
The Cowichan Capitals have traded the playing rights of Nathan Deyell and Mitch Crisanti to the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations. Nathan came to the Capitals last season from the Penticton Vees, while Crisanti arrived in the off season, completing the Teal Burns trade with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. The Capitals would like to thank them both for their contributions while they were here and we wish them the very best in the future hockey aspirations.
And today, the BCHL posted this on its’ website under “Transactions”:
The Cowichan Capitals Hockey Club have acquired the CJHL Playing Rights to Sutton Olson(94)(F) and future considerations from the Dauphin Kings of the MJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Nathan Deyell(95)(D)
For now, I’m actually going to combine the two trades as they were announced, assuming that there’s an error on one of them.

To Cowichan Capitals:
F Sutton Olson (94) Future Considerations

To Dauphin Kings:
F Mitch Crisanti (94) Nathan Deyell (95)

West Kelowna – Swan Valley Trade:

The West Kelowna Warriors had a glut of veteran junior goaltenders in training camp and they made a move on Tuesday to alleviate that glut by trading 20-year-old Cole Holowenko to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Swan Valley Stampeders for future considerations.
Holowenko didn’t play junior ‘A’ hockey in 2012-13, starting the season with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips before signing with the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats after Everett released the Penticton native. His last junior ‘A’ game was a playoff loss to Vernon while with the Warriors back on March 15, 2011.
Neither team has officially released anything about the trade, but it is posted on both “Transactions” pages for the BCHL and the MJHL.

To Swan Valley Stampeders:
G Cole Holowenko (93) West Kelowna Warriors:
Future Considerations

Trail – Winkler Trade:

20-year-old defenseman Curtis Toneff trades one black and orange jersey for another as he’s been acquired by the Trail Smoke Eaters from the Winkler Flyers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Toneff is a solid addition for Smokies Head Coach and GM Bill Birks as he’s a veteran of 118 junior A games and put up his best offensive season in 2012-13, notching 28 points in 56 games.

Neither team has put out an official release on the deal, but as I Tweeted yesterday, it is posted on the BCHL website under “Transactions”.

To Trail Smoke Eaters:
D Curtis Toneff (93) Winkler Flyers:
Future Considerations

Dustin Scafe Hired As Merritt Centennials Play-By-Play Announcer:

(Scafe in the booth broadcasting a KIJHL game during the 2010-11 season)
Big time congrats are in order for Dustin Scafe, who late this afternoon was announced as the replacement for Graham Turnbull as the play-by-play announcer with the Merritt Centennials.
Turnbull was hired just last week as the Vernon Vipers play-by-play man, which caused Q101 Program Manager Taylor Landry to immediately look for a replacement in time for the BCHL Showcase and the Cents first regular season broadcast on Friday, September 6th vs. Coquitlam.

Scafe is only 22 years old, but already has three seasons of play-by-play under his belt. He started in 2010-11 doing games for the KIJHL’s Sicamous Eagles before calling games for two Fort St. John teams (the Huskies of the NWJHL and the Flyers of the NPHL) and then moving on to the Melfort Mustangs and Nipawin Hawks of the SJHL.
I haven’t seen a media release distributed regarding Scafe’s hiring, but Q101 in Merritt did issue this Tweet:

BCHL Roster Rules for 2013-14:

Just like last off-season, the BC Hockey League announced a number of changes to rosters after the AGM in June, and I thought I’d recap them and the other rules as we are just weeks away from the start of the 2013-14 season.

These are directly from various sections of the BCHL website. My comments are in italics after the rule.
– The BCHL Roster limit is 22 players at any time, 20 of which are eligible to dress and participate in any regular season or playoff game. (Same as it was in 2012-13.)
– An injured player can be placed on long-term injured reserve and another brought in to fill that spot. (Same as 2012-13.)
– Teams must have a minimum of two players 17-years-old or younger on their active roster. Failure to comply would result in the offending team losing a roster spot for each player under that minimum. (Also same as it was in 2012-13.)
– A team may only have seven import players on their roster at any one time and may sign maximum of 12 during a season. An import is defined as an American-born player. No Canadian-born players who are age-eligible to play in any Junior A leagues across the country are considered imports. (This drops to six import players in 2014-15. Previously, any players who were registered in a branch outside of BC were considered imports. Also, an import player is now considered an import for his entire junior A career.)
– A maximum of 17 “veteran” players may dress in any single game. (Meaning a team must dress a minimum of 3 “rookie” players in each game.)
– Once a player has signed a CHA playing certificate (also known as a “card”), players are bound by the regulations of Hockey Canada and movement to other teams is restricted. (When players are “traded”, the actual process is that they’ve been released by their current team with the agreement that they’ll be signed to a CHA playing certificate by their new team.)

– Creation of a “not-in-good-standing” list for players refusing to report to a team after a CJHL Player Transfer Agreement. (If players don’t report after being traded, they’ll receive this new designation. Not sure what the implications are of the “not-in-good-standing” list, but it’s a start.)

West Kelowna – Flin Flon Trade:

With Tanner Burgart and Steve Myland on their roster and former BCHLer Cole Holowenko in training camp, the West Kelowna Warriors added yet another goaltender to the mix today with the acquisition of the CJHL rights to 19-year-old Andy Desautels from the MJHL’s Flin Flon Bombers for future considerations.
Desautels hasn’t played junior A hockey since the 2011-12 season, when he played 25 games in Flin Flon, finishing with a 3.64 goals-against-average and an .899 save percentage. He played 13 games with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders last season, garnering a 2-7-0-1 record with a 4.01 goals-against-average and an .873 save percentage.
There’s been no mention of the deal from either West Kelowna or Flin Flon, but it is listed on the BCHL webpage under “Transactions”.

To West Kelowna Warriors:
G Andy Desautels (94) Flin Flon Bombers:
Future Considerations