Year: 2017

Merritt Centennials – Eligible Returnees and Graduating Players:

The Cents will have last year’s leading scorer Zach Risteau back in 2017-18.
The 19-year-old from Lakeville, Minnesota had 26-24-50 in 53 games with the Centennials as a rookie in 2016-17.
Photo credit: Ian Webster/Merritt Herald

Graduating Players
Zach Court (University of Nebraska-Omaha)
Cade Gleekel (St. Lawrence University)
Brett Jewell (Yale University)
Michael Regush (Cornell University)
Mike Faulkner (Hobart College)
Aaron Murray (Concordia University Wisconsin)
Stephan Seeger (aged out)
Nick Fidanza (aged out)

Eligible Returnees
(* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 8 defencemen)

Chase Bell (97)
Henry Cleghorn (97)
Zach Zorn (97)
Zach Risteau (98)
Nicholas Wicks (98)
Tyler Ward (99)
Rylan Van Unen (99)

Tyrell Buckley (97)
Zach Bleuler (97)
Zach Metsa (98)
Ethan King (99)
Michael Van Unen (99)

Jacob Berger (97)
Colten Lancaster (98)

Langley Rivermen – Eligible Returnees and Graduating Players:

20-year-old Ryan Barrow of Banff led Langley in scoring in 2016-17 with 68 points in 51 games.
He’s off to the University of Denver in September 2017.
Photo credit: Garrett James (

Graduating Players

Ryan Barrow (University of Denver)
Frank Boie (College of the Holy Cross)
Andrew Dumaresque (College of the Holy Cross)
Bo Didur (Penn State University)
Cameron Ginnetti (Clarkson University)
Max Kaufman (University of Vermont)
Gavin Payne (Rochester Polytechnic University)
Reid Yochim (Princeton University)
Zac Masson (aged out)
Cooper Leitch (aged out)

Eligible Returnees
(* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 8 defencemen)

Satchel Clendenin (97)
Eric Butte (97)
Nicholas Ponak (97)
Baylee Wright (98)
Angus Crookshank (99)
Sean Gulka (00)
Brendan Budy (00)

McKay Flanagan (97)
John Schuldt (97)
Spencer Berry (98)
Jake Livingstone (99)

Braedon Fleming (99)

Cowichan Capitals – Eligible Returnees and Graduating Players:

Cowichan alternate captain Max Newton is a veteran of 153 BCHL games. 
The Grand Forks Border Bruins alumni led the Caps with 59 points in 58 games. 
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Graduating Players
Mitch Skapski (aged out)
Ayden MacDonald (aged out)
Ben Verrall (aged out)
Josh Owings (aged out)
Lane Michasiw (aged out)
Chris Harpur (Niagara University)

Eligible Returnees
(* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 8 defencemen)

Only counting eligible returnees, the Capitals are currently one over the limit of six 1997-born players for 2017-18.

Rhett Kingston (97)
Max Newton (97)
Michael Montambault (97)
George Sennott (97)
Haydn Hopkins (97)
Jared Domin (97)
Ty Pochipinski (98)
Justin Perron (98)
John Sladic (98)
Nicholas Wilson (99)
Alex Zawatsky (99)

Simon Chen (97)
Nii Noi Tetteh (98)
Marshall Skapski (98)
Sean Driscoll (98)
Ben Grist (99)

Adam Marcoux (98)

Coquitlam Express – Eligible Returnees and Graduating Players:

Coquitlam captain Luca Leone is a veteran of 112 BCHL games and 70 WHL games.
He led the Express with 36 points in 49 games.
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Graduating Players
Luca Leone (aged out)
Erik Udahl (aged out)
Cameron Bertsch (aged out)
Lawson Fenton (aged out)
David Giunta (Bentley University)
Mitchell Newsome (Michigan Tech University)
Owen Stout (Rochester Polytechnic Institute)

Eligible Returnees
(* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 8 defencemen)

The Express have nine eligible returning defencemen, so it is technically at one player over the 23-man roster limit at this point.

Alex Ambrosio (97)
Hayden Knight (97)
Cal Babych (97)
William Lawrence (97)
Keegan Jones (97)
Jonathan Irving (97)
Sam Kozlowski (98)
Blake Hayward (98)
Christian Bosa (98)
Callum Cusinato (98)
Jake Toor (99)

Jake Brien (97)
Brandon Kennedy (97)
Domenic Masellis (97)
Cal Walker (97)
Troy Robillard (98)
Noah Turanski (98)
Devin Mussio (99)
Jordan Schulting (99)
Michael Sande (99)

Reid Cooper (98)

Alberni Valley Bulldogs – Eligible Returnees and Graduating Players:

Trevor Cosgrove led the Bulldogs in scoring in 2016-17 with 49 points, he’s committed to Colgate University.
With the 2016-17 BCHL season officially done for three of the circuits’s 17 teams, anticipation is building for next season already.

With future considerations from this season’s trades potentially turning into players for next season, recruiting, and players moving on due to age or college commitments, there’s no shortage of work to be done before the 2017-18 season starts in September at the 6th Annual BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack.

I’ll break down what all 17 teams are looking at roster-wise heading into the off-season. These numbers will likely change as players look to move to other leagues like the WHL, USHL, NAHL, are included in trades, retire, or wind up committing to post-secondary institutions before September and don’t return to their BCHL clubs.

The depth chart is based on coaches going with a 23-man roster of 13 forwards, 8 defensemen and 2 goaltenders.

So let’s start alphabetically, with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs:

Graduating Players
Jake Witkowski (aged out)
Nicholas Rasovic (aged out)
Paul Savage (aged out)
Malik Kaila (aged out)
Brody Claeys (aged out)
Trevor Cosgrove (Colgate University)
Henry Marshall (Colgate University)
Darren Rizzolo (Northeastern University)

Eligible Returnees
(* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 8 defencemen)

Keith Anderson (97)
Tristan Bukovec (97)
Alex Macdonald (97)
Ryan Steele (97)
Spencer Hunter (98)
Jordan Sandhu (99)
Braydon Nelson (99)
Kyle Kaufmann (99)
Cayden Kraus (99)
Mackenzie Wight (99)

Cameron Kuhl (97)
Connor Welsh (97)
Cole Slaney (98)
Jake Wilhelm (99)

Carson Schamerhorn (97)

2017 Roster Deadline Coverage:

The Canadian Junior Hockey League and BC Hockey League trade/roster deadline arrives today at 6 pm PST for transactions between teams in different leagues (i.e. BCHL to MJHL) and at 8 pm PST for moves made within the BCHL. The deadline for teams to have their roster completely set is 11:59 pm PST.

For the most current confirmed transactions, follow me on Twitter at @Brian_Wiebe.

I’ll have a full breakdown of all roster moves here on the blog tomorrow.

PG loses Wornig to injury and signs Anagnostopoulos, Powell River releases Raffler to junior B:

Photo credit: Prince George Spruce Kings/EnsLens Photography

The Prince George Spruce Kings were faced to make a move in goal with word that veteran Stefan Wornig is out for the season with muscle cramps. Wornig hasn’t played a game for PG since the beginning of November after amassing a 6-6-2 record with a 2.76 GAA, a .908 save percentage and one shutout this season.

The 19-year-old from Surrey, BC came to the Spruce Kings in the off-season after two years with Powell River. His BCHL career record is 17-28-2 with a 3.22 GAA, a .905 save percentage, and two shutouts. Wornig has been placed on long-term injury reserve by Prince George.

Photo credit: Kamloops This Week

To fill the void left by Wornig’s absence, the Spruce Kings have signed Aris Anagnostopoulos from the junior B Kamloops Storm. The 18-year-old was an affiliate player for PG this season, playing 9:04 in a game against Salmon Arm on November 26th. He made five saves and didn’t give up a goal. This season in the KIJHL, the Kelowna, BC product is 7-7-1 with a 2.63 GAA and a .916 save percentage along with two shutouts.

Photo credit: Ben Raffler/Twitter

Powell River has released defenceman Ben Raffler after acquiring Matthew Cairns via trade from Georgetown of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. 

The 18-year-old Raffler skated in 18 games with the Kings this season, putting up three assists. The Burnaby, BC product had his junior B rights traded from Comox Valley to Campbell River in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League in November, and he’ll join the Storm now after being released by Powell River.

Photo credit: Keystone/TI-Press/Gabriele Putzu

Forward Andrew Ebbett (Salmon Arm, 2001-02) has signed a two-year contract extension with Bern of the Swiss League. The Vernon, BC native has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 18 games with Bern this season, his second with the club. He recently tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) for Team Canada as it captured the 90th Spengler Cup. The 34-year-old is a veteran of 224 career NHL games with Anaheim, Chicago, Minnesota, Phoenix, Vancouver, and Pittsburgh.

Photo credit: Vancouver Canucks/Facebook

Goaltender Michael Garteig (Quesnel AP/Powell River/Penticton, 2008-12) is on his way back to the ECHL after being assigned to the Alaska Aces by the AHL’s Utica Comets. In four games for the Comets this season, the Prince George, BC product has a record of 0-1-1, a goals against average of 2.85, and a save percentage of .907. The 25-year-old has played eight games this season for the Aces, with a record of 7-1-0, a 2.35 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.