The Alberni Valley Bulldogs increased their coaching staff on Wednesday, adding Alex Evin as a full-time assistant coach. The 28-year-old comes from the Selkirk College Saints of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League, where he coached the team to its third straight league championship. He spent the last two seasons as the Bulldogs goaltending coach from afar and will now move to Port Alberni on a permanent basis. In addition to winning the 2015 BCIHL championship as coach of Selkirk College, Evin also won two titles as an assistant with the Saints in 2014 and 2013. He played five years in the BCHL with Powell River, Williams Lake, and Penticton, where he won a Fred Page Cup with the Vees in 2008. Evin is a graduate of Colgate University.
Penticton added three forwards to their recruiting ranks Wednesday with the commitment of Benjamin Brar, Owen Sillinger, and Jason Lavallee. Brar is from Abbotsford, BC and the 16-year-old had 59 points (29 goals, 30 assists) in 28 games with the Yale Hockey Academy Prep team. He also played one game with Cowichan as an affiliate player, but didn’t notch any points. Brar is committed to the University of Denver for September 2017.
Sillinger, whose dad Mike played 1,049 career NHL games, skated with the Regina Pat Canadians of the Saskatchewan Midget Hockey League in 2014-15 and put up 64 points (25 goals, 39 assists) in 42 games. He also got into three games as an affiliate player with the Melville Millionaires of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. The 17-year-old was named most valuable player at this year’s Telus Cup, which is the national midget championship tournament.
Lavallee comes to Penticton from the Sorel-Tracy Rebelles, which is a prep school team in Quebec. In 31 games last season, the 19-year-old had 50 points (28 goals, 22 assists). He also added 11 points (five goals, six assists) in nine playoff games as the Rebelles won the Quebec College Hockey League championship.
Cowichan Capitals forward Ryan Burton is off to Union College in September 2016 after committing to the school on Wednesday. In his first BCHL season, the Thunder Bay, ON product had 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) in 56 games. Of his 27 points, 19 of them came in the final 22 games of the season. Burton was a 20th round selection, 319th overall, of the Madison Capitols in last year’s USHL Entry Draft, but is returning to Cowichan for 2015-16 before heading to Union next fall.