Month: May 2014

Logan Mick Joins Merritt from Vernon as Futures from Dylan Chanter Trade:

The Merritt Centennials announced today the future considerations they received from Vernon in the January 3rd trade which saw the Vipers acquire defenseman Dylan Chanter (95) for defenseman Jason Bird (93). Heading to the Nicola Valley is forward Logan Mick (96).

Mick, at 17, is already a veteran of 102 BCHL games, including playing all four games during the RBC Cup earlier this month. His dad Troy, who is the Head Coach and GM of the Salmon Arm SilverBacks, played in Merritt during the 1984-85 season.

With Mick gone to the Centennials, the Vipers only have goalie Danny Todosychuk (94), defensemen Ken Citron (94), Riley Guenther (95) and Michael Statchuk (94), along with forwards Matthew Saharchuk (95) and T.J. Dumonceaux (94) eligible to return for the 2014-15 season, and two of those players are reportedly going to Surrey as the future considerations from another trade.

To Merritt:
F Logan Mick (96)
D Jason Bird (93)
To Vernon:
D Dylan Chanter (95)
Here’s the release from the Centennials website:

The Merritt Centennials are pleased to announce the acquisition of forward Logan Mick (96) from the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL which completes the future considerations in a previous deal for defenceman Dylan Chanter (95).

Mick, 17, brings over 100 BCHL regular season games experience to the Centennials lineup, which doesn’t include 16 games of playoff experience and 4 games at the RBC Cup, which was held this May in Vernon.

“We are excited to add a player of Logan’s ability to our group. He gained tremendous experience this year in a long playoff run and playing at the RBC.” said Cents GM & Head Coach Luke Pierce. “He plays with a lot of energy and brings a skillset that I believe is ready to breakthrough.”

Logan is currently committed to Quinnipiac University for the 2015-16 season. His father, Troy, was a member of the Merritt Warriors in the 1984-85 season. 

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

West Kelowna Warriors 2nd Annual Alumni Weekend Set to Go:

The West Kelowna (nee Westside) Warriors host their second annual alumni weekend starting Saturday with an alumni game.
Notable alumni from West Kelowna include Justin Schultz (Edmonton – NHL), Colton Sissons (Milwaukee – AHL), Nathan Lieuwen (Rochester – AHL), Tommy Grant (Idaho – ECHL), Kevin Walrod (Reading – ECHL), Max French (Bentley University – NCAA), Marcus Basara (University of Alaska-Fairbanks – NCAA) and many more!

The Warriors posted a release on their website back in April:

The West Kelowna Warriors are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Alumni Golf & Hockey weekend will take place from May 31st-June 1st, 2014 presented by Tim Hortons!

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

“Warriors Alumni Hockey Game” at 6pm at RLP featuring Justin Schultz, Max French, Trevor Bailey, Joel Woznikoski, Andy Desautels, Jordan Masters, and over 40 other former and current Warriors players!

Admission is $2, and a donation to the Westside Community Food Bank.

Then stay after for an autograph session with all the players.  Autograph pictures will be provided for FREE!

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

“Warriors Alumni Golf Tournament” at Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy!

Golf with your favorite Warriors players, and build memories that will last a lifetime!

For Registration information, or to become a sponsor, email Andrew Deans at, or phone 250-215-6304.

Golf is $150 +taxes per player and includes:

– Lunch
– Bucket of Balls at the Driving Range
– Golf & Cart
– And a Steak Dinner
– Plus prizes, and more!

This weekend is all in support of local charities and organizations in West Kelowna including:

– West Kelowna Minor Hockey
– West Kelowna KidSport
– Westside Community Food Bank
– Warriors Alumni Fund

We hope to see you all out for an amazing weekend of fun, and great memories!

This is also from the Warriors website, under “Alumni”:
 The Warriors Alumni is comprised of players and staff who played and worked for the Junior “A” Hockey Club in the British Columbia Hockey League. Members of the Alumni have contributed to the team’s success on and off the ice in the community of West Kelowna. These members work with the West Kelowna Warriors staff to coordinate special events, along with the Warriors Alumni Scholarship and the Annual Warriors Alumni Weekend. The Warriors Alumni is committed to giving back to the organization and community, along with supporting current collegiate players.

For more information regarding the Warriors Alumni Committee please contact or tweet @warriorsalumni

BC Junior A Registration Numbers from 2008-14:

Once again, BC Hockey has released its registration numbers from the 2013-14 season.
What’s cool about the way BC Hockey does it is that it includes six year numbers so it’s easy for us to see how the numbers fluctuate.

Note that 147 fewer players were registered to play junior A hockey in BC in 2013-14 than the season before, which means more teams were content to stick with the team that they selected out of training camp. 
It makes me wonder if this is a trend which will continue or if this season was an anomaly.

JUNIOR A 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Alberni Valley Bulldogs 36 32 33 33 40 27
Chilliwack Chiefs (includes Quesnel Millionaires) 35 35 35 37 26 28
Coquitlam Express (includes Burnaby Express) 35 33 36 36 40 26
Cowichan Valley Capitals 33 34 39 36 43 27
Dawson Creek Rage 0 0 24 25 0 0
Langley Rivermen (includes Langley Chiefs) 27 32 36 36 40 27
Merritt Centennials 35 30 39 39 25 26
Nanaimo Clippers 29 34 34 38 38 27
Penticton Vees 33 34 35 39 39 27
Powell River Kings 32 27 37 34 33 28
Prince George Spruce Kings 28 34 34 37 37 28
Salmon Arm SilverBacks 24 27 36 36 41 29
Surrey Eagles 35 32 34 35 36 25
Trail Smoke Eaters 32 35 38 37 44 25
Vernon Vipers 30 28 36 39 35 25
Victoria Grizzlies 29 35 39 39 37 34
West Kelowna Warriors (includes Westside Warriors) 31 29 34 36 30 28
Williams Lake TimberWolves 0 37 0 0 0 0
TOTAL JUNIOR A REGISTRATION 504 548 599 612 584 437

Victoria Grizzlies – Eligible Returnees & Graduating Players:

Graduating Players
Brandon Egli (University of Massachusetts)
Gerry Fitzgerald (Bemidji State University)
Leo Fitzgerald (Bemidji State University)
Myles Fitzgerald (Bemidji State University)
Mark McLellan (Middlebury College)
Mitch Meek (Clarkson University)
Jaden Schmeisser (Minnesota State University)
Jesse Schwartz (University of Connecticut)
Travis Stephens (Middlebury College)
Chris Albertini (University of Ontario Institute of Technology)

Eligible Returnees
(* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 7 defensemen)

Storm Wahlrab (94)
David Walchuk (94)
Garrett Forster (95)
Shawn McBride (95)
Jay Mackie (95)
Dante Hahn (95)
Cole Pickup (96)

Rory McGuire (95)
Jacob Kearley (95)
Kevin Massy (95)

Nic Renyard (94)
Alec Dillon (96)

Vernon Vipers – Eligible Returnees & Graduating Players:

Graduating Players
Mason Blacklock (Michigan Tech University)
Dylan Chanter (University of New Hampshire)
Liam Coughlin (Boston University)
Dexter Dancs (University of Michigan)
Demico Hannoun (Michigan Tech University)
Michael McNicholas (University of New Hampshire)
Brett Mulcahy (College of the Holy Cross)
Ryan Renz (Lake Superior State University)
Colton Sparrow (University of Alaska-Fairbanks)
Jared Wilson (Rochester Polytechnic Institute)
Austin Smith (overage)
Brendan Persley (overage)
Josh Bryan (overage)

Eligible Returnees
(* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 7 defensemen)

TJ Dumonceaux (94)
Matty Saharchuk (95)
Tyler Povelofskie (96)
Logan Mick (96)

Riley Guenther (94)
Michael Statchuk (94)
Ken Citron (95)

Danny Todosychuk (94)

Summerland Steam Forward Sam Nigg Commits to TRU:

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack announced via Twitter the commitment of KIJHL veteran forward Sam Nigg (93) for the 2014-15 BC Intercollegiate Hockey League season.

Nigg, who’s from Penticton, skated for five KIJHL teams over his junior career, averaging nearly a point per game. 
He’s the sixth player committed to TRU, joining Andrew Stack, Ryan Hanes, Spencer Schoech, Tylor Branzsen and Brad Parker.

Prince George Extends General Manager Mike Hawes Through 2017-18:

Prince George solidified its front office for the next four seasons by signing General Manager Mike Hawes to a three-year contract extension.

Hawes, who is entering his fifth season as GM of the Spruce Kings, had one season left on a two-year contract he signed back in March 2013.

Here’s the release from the Spruce Kings:

The Prince George Spruce Kings of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) are pleased to announce that General Manager Mike Hawes has been signed to a three year contract extension which takes him through the 2017/2018 season. Hawes still has one year remaining on his existing deal through the 2014/2015 season.

Mike Hawes is entering his 10th season with the Spruce Kings after joining the organization in 2005. During that time he served as associate coach for two seasons, including a silver medal finish in the 2007 Royal Bank Cup which was hosted by the Spruce Kings and the City of Prince George. Hawes then moved to the managerial side of the organization to become the Assistant General Manager for four seasons before being named General Manager in November 2010.

“Under Mike’s leadership our organization has enjoyed stability unmatched since joining the BCHL,” said Spruce Kings President, Thomas Bohmer. “To secure the leadership for our group moving forward is the foundation for continued success and a run at a championship.”

Photo credit: CKPG News

“I am a very proud resident of Prince George having grown up in the city,” said Spruce Kings General Manager, Mike Hawes. “I understand what it means to live in the north and what the Spruce Kings mean to the hard working people of Prince George. I take a lot of pride in what I do with the Spruce Kings, and I work hard to put a team on the ice that our fans can be proud of every night.”
Mike Hawes and the Spruce Kings continue to work hard in the off season to prepare for the team’s training camp which will start on Friday August 29th. The Spruce Kings regular season will begin on September 19th at the BCHL showcase in Chilliwack. The remainder of the regular season schedule will be determined at the BCHL league meetings in early June.

For more information contact the Spruce Kings office at 250.564.1747.