Kings Netminder Named BCHL Player of the Week, Vees Reach Number One, Caps Swing Another Big Deal, Spruce Kings & Clippers Swap Defensemen:

Powell River Kings G Brett Magnus (94) was announced as the BCHL Player of the Week today. Magnus stopped 66 of 67 shots he faced in two wins over Nanaimo. He finished the week with a 0.50 goals-against-average and a .985 save percentage.

The BCHL release is available here.

The Penticton Vees’ 13 game winning streak has propelled them to the top of the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s Top 20 weekly rankings. The Vees are the only BCHL team ranked in the top 20, but West Kelowna and Chilliwack each received honourable mentions.

The CJHL release on this week’s Top 20 is right here.
Coquitlam Express F Cody Boyd (94) is off to Canisius College in Buffalo, New York next September rather than the US Military Academy. Boyd committed to Army almost exactly one year ago, but the Express announced his commitment to Canisius on its Twitter account. The Johnstown, Pennsylvania native has five points (1-4-5) in 18 games with Coquitlam this season. Boyd is the fifth member of the 2014-15 Express roster to commit to a post-secondary school.

The Cowichan Capitals roster makeover continues as the team sits with the worst record in the BCHL. On Monday, the Caps moved their leading scorer, F Brayden Gelsinger (95), to the West Kelowna Warriors for F Adam Osczevski (95) and F Kade Kehoe (96).

On the surface, it looks like what the Capitals give up in scoring and skill, they gain in leadership, character and grit. Cowichan’s take on the deal is here. Nothing’s been released yet from the Warriors side, but there’s no doubt that West Kelowna gains another formidable offensive weapon to add to a forward group that now includes three of the BCHL’s top 20 scorers.

The Nanaimo Clippers and Prince George Spruce Kings hooked up on a Monday trade which saw the teams swap 18-year-old defensemen. The Clippers get Prince George native Jordan Low (96) from the Spruce Kings for import Ryan Fritz (96)

Fritz has three points (1-2-3) in 18 games this season with Nanaimo while Low has two points (1-1-2) in 14 games with Prince George. The main difference between the two is size. Fritz stands 6’2″ and 195 lbs. and Low is 6’5″ and 210 lbs.

F Brodie Reid (Surrey, Burnaby, Penticton, 2005-09) has been released from his professional tryout with the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League. Reid went pointless in one game with the IceCaps and was returned to Elmira of the East Coast Hockey League. The good news for the Delta, BC product is that he’s on his way back to the AHL after being loaned to the Adirondack Flames. The IceCaps release on Reid is here while his loan to the Flames is covered in today’s ECHL transactions here.

F David Van der Gulik (Chilliwack, 1999-2002) is on his way back to Manchester of the AHL after being reassigned by the LA Kings. The former BCHL Coastal Conference Rookie of the Year played one game with the Kings this season, going pointless. LA’s release on Van der Gulik is here.

Vancouver Canucks 2012 sixth round draft pick F Wes Myron (Victoria, 2009-12) has been traded in the ECHL. Myron was acquired by the Evansville Icemen from the Tulsa Oilers on Friday for future considerations. The Icemen’s release on the deal is right here.

Kamloops product D Brendon Nash (Salmon Arm, 2004-06) has been signed by Bakersfield Condors of ECHL as a free agent. Nash has spent the last four seasons in the American Hockey League. The Condors announced Nash’s signing on their Twitter feed.

After starting the season with Assat of the Finnish Elite League, F Austin Smith (Penticton, 2007-08) has signed with the Allen Americans of the ECHL. Smith, who’s from Dallas, Texas, had three points (2-1-3) in 10 games with Assat. The Americans release on Smith’s signing is posted on their website here

Behemoth D Ben Woodley (Prince George, 2011-12) has been placed on waivers by the Quad City Mallards of the ECHL. Woodley, who stands 6’7″ and 238 lbs., played two games with the Mallards this season, posting one assist and two penalty minutes. Details on Woodley’s being waived is here.

In a span of 24 hours late last week, G Andrew Hammond (Westside, Surrey, Vernon, 2006-09) was recalled from AHL Binghamton by the Ottawa Senators and sent back down. Hammond backed up Sens goalie Craig Anderson in Thursday’s 4-3 shootout loss to Chicago. He’s appeared in all but one of Binghamton’s ten games this season. The Baby Senators release about Hammond being reassigned to the AHL is here.

D Nicholas Rioux (Quesnel, Prince George, 2005-07) has been signed to a professional tryout by the AHL’s Iowa Stars. It’s the second straight season that Rioux joined the Stars. He started this season with the ECHL’s Quad City Mallards, registering no points in three games. Iowa’s announcement of Rioux’s signing is here.

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