Coming off his 15th season of play-by-play in the BC Hockey League, Nanaimo’s Dan Marshall has been named BCHL Broadcaster of the Year. It’s an award that’s voted upon by the league’s 16 broadcasters. 2014-15 represents the second time in the last four years that Marshall, who’s from Coquitlam, has claimed the honour. He spent seven seasons calling games in Penticton before moving to Nanaimo in 2007. Marshall is a grad of the BCIT Radio Broadcast Program.
In an article by Scott McKenzie of the Nanaimo Daily News, Clippers co-owner and governor Ken Wagner states that if a WHL team ends up in the Hub City, it would spell the end of the BCHL club. There’s a lot of speculation about the Dub moving to Nanaimo with word that a proposed multiplex with a 5,000 seat arena is in the works. It’s interesting that Wagner is so sure about the Clippers not being able to survive with the WHL in town as there is already a precedent in Prince George and Victoria where the two leagues do co-exist. McKenzie’s article is here.
The Langley Rivermen have added 18-year-old defenseman John Schuldt to their roster for 2015-16. The Minnetonka, MN native played the last three seasons for his hometown high school team, posting 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 74 games. He also played seven games as an affiliate with the Minnesota Magicians of the NAHL in 2014-15, but didn’t register a point. Schuldt was a second round, 29th overall selection of the Sioux Falls Stampede in the 2013 USHL Futures Draft.
Defenseman Lee Baldwin (Burnaby, Victoria, 2006-09) signs with ESV Kaufbeuren in the DEL2, which is the second-level of hockey in Germany. The 27-year-old from Victoria who led all BCHL blueliners in scoring in 2008-09 had 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 36 games with Odense in the Danish League last season. He’s a veteran of 197 ECHL games and 45 AHL games.
The USHL will move to a “hybrid overtime” for the 2015-16 season. It starts at 4-on-4 and then at the first whistle after three minutes of play, it’s reduced to 3-on-3. If still tied after seven minutes, the game is decided by a three player shootout. The USHL tested the hybrid overtime period during the 2013 and 2014 preseasons with 3-on-3 overtime play. Over the past five seasons, 39 percent of regular season games were decided during 4-on-4 overtime. During the testing period in the past two pre-seasons, 71 percent of games ended during 3-on-3 overtime.