The Fred Page Cup Final starts tonight in Penticton as the Vees go for their 11th BCHL title and the Nanaimo Clippers look for their fifth BCHL championship win.
April 10 — Nanaimo at Penticton – 7 pm
April 11 — Nanaimo at Penticton – 6 pm
April 13 — Penticton at Nanaimo – 7 pm
April 14 — Penticton at Nanaimo – 7 pm
x-April 16 — Nanaimo at Penticton – 7 pm
x-April 17 — Penticton at Nanaimo – 7 pm
x-April 19 — Nanaimo at Penticton – 6 pm
The BCHL has re-introduced the roster rule stating that each team must have a minimum of two players 17-years-old or younger on their active roster in 2015-16. This is a change from this past season when teams were required to have minimum of four rookie players, which was defined as those entering the season with less than 30 games of Junior A experience.
The 17-years-old and under rule was in place for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons after teams were required to carry a minimum of one 16-year-old and one 17-year-old on their rosters during the 2011-12 season.
Here are the BCHL’s All-Star teams and All-Rookie team that were announced on Thursday. All players were selected by vote from each of the 16 teams’ play-by-play broadcasters. The only rule was that broadcasters weren’t permitted to vote for a player on the team they broadcast for.
Goal: Hunter Miska (Penticton)
Defence: Andrew Farny (Salmon Arm); Kurt Gosselin (Alberni Valley)
Forwards: Corey Mackin (Coquitlam); Dane Gibson (Victoria); Brett Supinski (Coquitlam)
BCHL SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM
Goal: Guillaume Decelles (Nanaimo)
Defence: Yanni Kaldis (Nanaimo); Gabe Bast (Penticton)
Forwards: Liam Blackburn (West Kelowna); Jacob Pritchard (Powell River); Jake Lucchini (Trail)
BCHL ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Goal: Aidan Pelino (Chilliwack)
Defence: Yanni Kaldis (Nanaimo); Dante Fabbro (Penticton)
Forwards: Brett Supinski (Coquitlam); Liam Finlay (Vernon); Tyson Jost (Penticton)
The Wenatchee Wild of the North American Hockey League is once again looking to join the BCHL. The Wild, who have knocked on the door to join the league for at least the last three seasons, requested to become dormant in the NAHL for next season in order to seek permission from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada to join the BCHL for 2015-16. Approval from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada doesn’t guarantee Wenatchee can move to the BCHL, as the league’s governors would also need to approve any such move. The story on the Wild requesting to become dormant in the NAHL is here.
Goaltender Brad Thiessen (Penticton, Prince George, Merritt, 2003-06) has been reassigned to the AHL’s Adirondack Flames by Calgary. The Aldergrove, BC product was called by the Flames on Monday, but didn’t see any action for Calgary. He did serve as the back-up to Jonas Hiller in Thursday’s 3-1 win over LA and Tuesday’s 3-2 victory against Arizona.