Trail Releases Lautard, Surrey Makes Harkins Signing Official, Brkich Takes Time-Out from SFU Hockey:

The BCHL trade deadline arrives Saturday evening at 6 o’clock for transfers with other leagues, 8 o’clock for transfers among BCHL teams, and midnight for rosters to be set.
The Trail Smoke Eaters released 19-year-old forward Paulsen Lautard and he’s set to rejoin the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Summerland Steam. Lautard and Max Newton both signed with the Smokies back in November when the club released Stephen Ryan and Brandon Volpe.

In 15 games with Trail this season, Lautard had six points (two goals, four assists). The native of Midway, BC, was one of the top scorers in the KIJHL prior to joining the Smoke Eaters, putting up 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in 19 games. He returns to a Summerland team which is second in the Okanagan Division at 22-13-0-2.

Lautard’s release gives Trail Head Coach and GM Nick Deschenes 21 players on his roster, including forward Craig Martin, who is out indefinitely with a knee injury. With Martin on injured reserve, the Smoke Eaters could add two players ahead of Saturday’s deadline without subtracting anyone from their roster.

The Surrey Eagles didn’t issue an official release about the signing of 19-year-old forward Tyler Harkins from the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League, but an article in the Surrey Leader newspaper did just as much.

As I wrote in this space yesterday, it confirms what Harkins tweeted from his personal account, that he was joining the Eagles. The article, including quotes from Surrey coach Blaine Neufeld, is right here.
Here’s a list of trades since the December 1st roster deadline:

02-Jan-15: West Kelowna acquires D Braeden Jones (94) from Grande Prairie for future considerations

01-Jan-15: West Kelowna trades F Michael Buonincontri (94) and D Greydon Robinson (96) to Prince George for D Tyler Kunz (94)

01-Jan-15: Salmon Arm trades D Cole McCaskill (96) to Prince George for future considerations

16-Dec-14: Powell River trades D Jordan Burns (95) to Salmon Arm for future considerations

11-Dec-14: Alberni Valley trades D Jeff Rose (96) and future considerations to Drayton Valley for F Eric Therrien (94)

11-Dec-14: Trail trades D Sheldon Hubbard (95) to Grande Prairie for future considerations

02-Dec-14: Trail trades D Viktor Dombrovskiy (96) to Prince George for D Stephen Penner (95) and F Cooper Leitch (96)

02-Dec-14: Prince George trades D Taylor Allan (95) and future considerations to Lloydminster for D Tyler Kunz (94)

01-Dec-14: Vernon trades F Branden Wagner (96) to Salmon Arm for future considerations

Trades Made: 9
Trades Made Within BCHL: 5
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 4
Players: 15
Future Considerations: 7

With the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League’s Winter semester of games set to start this weekend, one team is without a linchpin on its blueline. The Simon Fraser University Men’s Hockey team will be without veteran defenseman Scott Brkich as he takes a leave from the club for academic reasons.

Brkich joined the Clan midway through last season after playing the previous two years with the CIS-level University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. The 24-year-old from High River, Alberta, is a veteran of 207 junior A games and also got into six career WHL games before joining UBC in the Fall of 2011.

In 23 career BCIHL games, Brkich has six points (one goal, five assists) for SFU. The decision leaves the Clan with six defensemen on its roster, including rookie Robby Jang, who spent the Fall semester injured and has yet to play a game this season. Freshman forward Vance Bridgeman has spent considerable time on the blueline for SFU as a stopgap. The Clan opens its second half of the season at home this Saturday against the University of Victoria.

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