Vees Move Russell to Cowichan, Cents Nab Bowles from Bulldogs, BCHL Alumni Among Hobey Finalists, SFU Hockey Announces First Recruit for 2015-16:


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 Penticton Vees sent 18-year-old defenseman Connor Russell to Cowichan for future considerations on Wednesday. The Vees placed forward Matthew Serratore on injured reserve back on December 5th, which allowed Penticton to be over the BCHL roster limit by one.
Now that Serratore is back in the line-up, Penticton had to make a decision about its roster and that’s why Russell was moved to the Capitals. The Guelph, Ontario product was recruited by the Vees from Northwood Prep School last spring and posted seven points (one goal, six assists) in 27 games with Penticton this season.
With forward Devin Oakes being placed on injured reserve for the rest of the season, the Merritt Centennials filled a roster spot by acquiring 19-year-old Zak Bowles from Alberni Valley for the junior A rights to 19-year-old forward Luke Bertolucci and future considerations. Bowles, who’s from Kelowna, is in his second BCHL season and one point away from matching his total from last season.

All told, Bowles has 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) in 80 career games with the Bulldogs. He also chipped in with a goal and two assists in Alberni Valley’s seven game first round playoff series against Victoria last year. The move leaves the Bulldogs with 21 players on their roster (not including the injured Evan Tironese).

Bertolucci hasn’t played in the BCHL since the 2011-12 season, spending the last three years with the Western Hockey League’s Edmonton Oil Kings. He had two goals for the Oil Kings en route to winning the Memorial Cup last spring.
Here’s a list of trades since the December 1st roster deadline:

07-Jan-15: Merritt acquires F Zak Bowles (95) from Alberni Valley for F Luke Bertolucci (95) and future considerations

07-Jan-15: Cowichan acquires D Connor Russell (96) from Penticton for future considerations

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: 11
Trades Made Within BCHL: 7

Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 4
Players: 18
Future Considerations: 9
12 BCHL alumni are in the running for the 2015 Hobey Baker Award as the top NCAA men’s hockey player this season. The winner is chosen by vote, and fans are eligible to vote for their favourite player once per day. Eleven of the BCHL’s 16 teams (Alberni Valley, Chilliwack, Langley, Merritt, Nanaimo, Penticton, Powell River, Salmon Arm, Surrey, Victoria, West Kelowna) are represented among the finalists. Only Trail, Cowichan, Coquitlam, Prince George and Vernon don’t have alumni as finalists.
Voting is available at
Forward Matt Waddell (Merritt AP, Vernon, 2000-03) and ESV Kaufbeuren, which plays in Germany’s second level pro league, have mutually agreed to terminate his contract with the team. The 30-year-old from Vernon had 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 34 games with ESV Kaufbeuren this season.
Simon Fraser University announced its first recruit for the 2015-16 season on Wednesday, with Nelson Leafs defenseman Robson Cramer set to join the Clan.
Cramer, who’s from Summerland, BC, leads the Leafs in scoring this season with 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists) in 37 games this season. The Nelson Star and Nelson Daily have stories here and here.

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