The Salmon Arm SilverBacks have hired Craig Carter as Head Scout and Assistant GM. Carter, who’s from Langley, spent last season as a scout for the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits. In the 12 seasons previous, he was a scout in the BCHL, including as Head Scout of the Coquitlam Express when the team won the Fred Page Cup in 2013-14.
The Langley Rivermen have promoted Kurt Astle, who will become the team’s new Associate Head Coach and Assistant General Manager. For the past three seasons, Astle has been the Rivermen’s Assistant Coach and Director of Player Personnel. Jon Calvano served in the role that Astle was promoted to since May 2013, but there’s no word on Calvano’s status now. He’s no longer listed on the Rivermen website.
What’s old is new again for the Surrey Eagles after they named former NHLer Gary Nylund an Assistant Coach to Blaine Neufeld. Nylund was previously an Assistant Coach with the Eagles from 2010-12 and also a former co-owner of the team. He has been a member of the Delta Fire Department for the past 22 years and is currently a Captain in the Department. Nylund, who was drafted in the first round, 3rd overall in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft, is a veteran of 608 NHL games with Toronto, Chicago, and the New York Islanders. He also played one season in the BCHL with the Delta Suns, amassing 35 points (six goals, 29 assists) in 57 games in 1978-79.
Import forwards Charley Borek and Lucas Finner have signed with the Nanaimo Clippers. Borek played prep school hockey with Choate Rosemary Hall, posting 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 22 games. The 19-year-old from Durham, NH was chosen by the Youngstown Phantoms in the 26th round, 384th overall of the 2013 USHL Draft.
Although there’s no formal announcement as of yet, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs have added two new players to their roster. Forwards Nolan Alward and Liam Conrad are coming from the Moncton Flyers Midget AAA team in New Brunswick. Alward is 18-years-old and hails from Havelock, NB. He had 34 points (19 goals, 15 assists) in 34 games with the Flyers. Alward also played one junior A game with the Maritime Hockey League’s Dieppe Commandos.