The CJHL and BCHL Trade/Roster deadlines came and went on Saturday night at 6 o’clock for transfers with other leagues, 8 o’clock for transfers among BCHL teams, and midnight for rosters to be set. Now that the dust has settled, teams will go with the rosters they’ve got for the rest of the season.
Trades Made: 23
Trades Made Within BCHL: 15
It seems wonky to me that the CJHL and its member leagues continue to have the trade/roster deadline day fall on January 10th, regardless of what day of the week that date falls upon. It’s difficult for team personnel, players, and media alike to prepare for games, knowing that one eye is on the transaction wire to see what will happen.
As mentioned above, the Victoria Grizzlies were the busiest team on deadline day, making four moves. GM and Head Coach Scott Didmon made a big splash, acquiring 20-year-old forward Thomas Gobeil from Cowichan for future considerations. Gobeil, who’s from St. Hubert, Quebec, had 23 points (13 goals, ten assists) in 25 games for the Capitals this season. He’s a veteran of 155 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games.
On top of trading Gobeil, Cowichan added a player to its roster on Saturday, signing 18-year-old forward Michal Holub as a BCHL free agent. Holub was signed by West Kelowna back in November after being released by the Lethbridge Hurricanes. He played three games with the Warriors before leaving the team to join his hometown Mission City Outlaws, where he had 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 15 games.
Merritt rounded out the day by signing 18-year-old Stephan Seeger. He’s from Mississauga, Ontario and is a veteran of 26 major junior games. Seeger played one game with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals, but has spent the bulk of this season with the United States Hockey League’s Des Moines Buccaneers, posting a goal and two assists in 11 games. He spent last season with Moncton of the QMJHL, racking up 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 25 games.
The SilverBacks made room for Gardner by sending 18-year-old forward Karl El-Mir to the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Grande Prairie Storm for future considerations. El-Mir is committed to the University of Connecticut for this September. He had 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 29 games this season. The Greenfield Park, Quebec, product led the US Premier Hockey League U18 in scoring last season with 48 points (17 goals, 31 assists) in 27 games with the Selects Hockey Academy U18 team.
Chilliwack and Trail hooked up on the only trade on deadline day that saw two players change teams in the same deal. It sees the Chiefs acquire Smoke Eaters 19-year-old captain Scott Davidson for 20-year-old defenseman Evan MacEachern and future considerations.
Davidson was third in scoring on the Smokies at the time of the trade, with 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 37 games. The Quinnipiac University recruit has played his entire junior hockey career in the West Kootenays, first with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks before moving up to Trail in 2012-13. Davidson is off to Quinnipiac this September. The trade will likely give him the opportunity to taste BCHL playoff hockey for the first time in his career.
MacEachern was picked up by the Chiefs in a trade with the Weeks Crushers of the Maritime Junior Hockey League last summer. He spent two seasons in the MHL prior to coming to Chilliwack. MacEachern, who played for Team Canada East at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge, had 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) in 34 games with the Chiefs this season. Despite being already a 20-year-old, MacEachern’s birthday is January 9th, so he has another season of junior eligibility left.
Just like the Griffyn Martin trade with Merritt, the Smoke Eaters media release on this deal indicates that the future considerations includes a player heading from Chilliwack to Trail once the season is over.
Prince George, which has been ravaged by injuries this season, added one player, 18-year-old forward Nick Guerra from Nanaimo for future considerations. The Victoria native joined the Clippers back in November after posting 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 17 games with the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Saanich Braves. He notched six points (four goals, two assists) in 18 games with Nanaimo. Guerra played 22 games in a Clippers uniform last season, scoring two goals.
The Spruce Kings had room to add Guerra after putting 20-year-old forward Justin Rai on injured reserve. Rai is committed to the University of Maine for this September, but he’s out for the remainder of this season with concussion-like symptoms.
Surrey didn’t make any trades, but the Eagles did adjust their roster, releasing 17-year-old forward Johnny Wesley and 20-year-old defenseman Zane Schartz. Wesley’s WHL rights were traded by Vancouver to Lethbridge on Friday and he decided to leave the Eagles and join the Hurricanes.
Schartz, who Surrey re-acquired from Trail at the beginning of October, left the Eagles to join the New Jersey Hitmen of the US Premier Hockey League. He had 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 34 games this season with Surrey. The Plano, Texas product is the third former BCHL player on the Hitmen roster, along with ex-Express and Chiefs defenseman Ben Israel and ex-Express forward Logan Coomes.
The Eagles also added 17-year-old forward Jordan Funk from the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s Aldergrove Kodiaks. Funk had played eight games with Surrey as an affiliate player this season, scoring a goal and an assist, before being moved to the Eagles regular roster. The Surrey native was leading Aldergrove in scoring with 40 points (22 goals, 18 assists) in 32 games.
Vernon was involved in just one transaction, releasing 19-year-old forward Trevor Fidler. Fidler was suspended by the Vipers for not reporting back to the team after its Christmas break. Vernon GM and Head Coach Mark Ferner hoped to trade Fidler, but ultimately wasn’t able to work out a deal. As a result, the Watertown, Massachusettes native is released outright after playing 30 games with the Vipers, scoring eight goals while adding 12 assists. Fidler’s back on the roster of the USPHL’s South Shore Kings, the team he played with last season before joining Vernon.
10-Jan-15: Victoria trades D Justin Sadler (95) to Dauphin (MJHL) for future considerations
10-Jan-15: Victoria acquires F Thomas Gobeil (94) from Cowichan for future considerations
10-Jan-15: Salmon Arm trades F Karl El-Mir (96) to Grande Prairie (AJHL) for future considerations
10-Jan-15: Salmon Arm acquires D Anthony Gardner (95) from Coquitlam for future considerations
10-Jan-15: Merritt acquires D Griffyn Martin (94) from Trail for future considerations
10-Jan-15: Chilliwack acquires F Scott Davidson (95) from Trail for D Evan MacEachern (95) and future considerations
08-Jan-15: Cowichan trades F Keegan Milligan (96) to Melville (SJHL) for future considerations
08-Jan-15: Nanaimo acquires D Ryan Coghlan (95) from Cowichan for future considerations
07-Jan-15: Merritt acquires F Zak Bowles (95) from Alberni Valley for F Luke Bertolucci (95) and future considerations
02-Jan-15: West Kelowna acquires D Braeden Jones (94) from Grande Prairie (AJHL) 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 (AJHL) for F Eric Therrien (94)
11-Dec-14: Trail trades D Sheldon Hubbard (95) to Grande Prairie (AJHL) 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 (AJHL) for D Tyler Kunz (94)
01-Dec-14: Vernon trades F Branden Wagner (96) to Salmon Arm for future considerations