Penticton picks up WHL veteran Taylor Sanheim, Powell River acquires NHL draft pick Matthew Cairns:

Penticton added a veteran forward to its ranks today with the acquisition of forward Taylor Sanheim.

The Vees picked up the junior A rights to the 20-year-old from the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for Ty Barnstable and future considerations.

Sanheim is from Elkhorn, MB and played 132 games in the Western Hockey League with the Calgary Hitmen, posting 12 goals and 39 assists, a +7 rating, along with 202 penalty minutes. He added a goal and six assists in 22 career WHL playoff games with the Hitmen. Calgary released Sanheim in early December.

Barnstable had four goals and five assists in 34 games with Penticton this season. The 18-year-old is a native of Regina.

The Vees were one over the allowed roster limit of 22 with the addition of Sanheim, so they released 20-year-old defenceman Gabe Bast. Per Penticton’s announcement on the move, the blueliner will sign with the junior B Surrey Knights of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. Bast has only played six games in 2016-17 due to injuries.

As an affiliate player, Bast will be eligible to play ten games with Penticton. Once Surrey’s season is over, he can affiliate an unlimited number of times with the Vees, as long as they don’t have more than six 20-year-old players dressed for any game.

Powell River added an NHL prospect to its roster today, picking up defenceman Matthew Cairns from the US Hockey League’s Fargo Force. 

To sign Cairns, the Kings acquired his Canadian junior A rights from the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. The 18-year-old was chosen by the Edmonton Oilers in the 3rd round, 84th overall in last year’s NHL Entry Draft. He’s committed to Cornell University starting this September.

The Mississauga, ON product had four assists in 17 games with Fargo this season. He posted nine goals and 24 assists in 46 games with Georgetown in 2015-16, plus three goals and 16 assists in 22 OJHL playoff games.

The move puts Powell River over the BCHL roster limit by one, so there should be a corresponding move by the Kings coming soon.

Here’s a list of trades since the December 1st roster deadline:

01-Jan-17: Powell River acquires D Matthew Cairns (98) for future considerations

01-Jan-17: Penticton trades F Ty Barnstable (98) to Portage (MJHL) for F Taylor Sanheim (96) and future considerations

18-Dec-16: Chilliwack trades D Austin Chorney (00) to Salmon Arm for future considerations

3-Dec-16: Surrey trades F Logan Mostat (97) and future considerations to West Kelowna for G Keelan Williams (96)

2-Dec-16: Nanaimo trades F Tate Coughlin (97) to Camrose (AJHL) for future considerations

2-Dec-16: Merritt trades D Marshall Skapski (98) to Cowichan Valley for future considerations

1-Dec-16: Powell River trades F Lucas Fraulin (98) to Melfort (SJHL) for future considerations

Trades Made: 7
Trades Made Within BCHL: 3
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 4
Players: 9
Future Considerations: 7
Forwards: 5
Defencemen: 3
Goaltenders: 1
1996-born: 2
1997-born: 2
1998-born: 4
1999-born: 0
2000-born: 1

Forward Casey Bailey (Alberni Valley, 2009-11) has been assigned by the Ottawa Senators to Binghamton of the AHL. The Anchorage native has 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in 28 games with the Baby Sens and no points in four games in the NHL this season.

Vees Force Game Seven vs. Vipers, Spruce Kings Coach Steps Down, VIJHL Sniper Commits to PR, Former Bulldog Signs in TO:




(Best of 7 series tied 3-3)
March 14 — Vernon 3 at Penticton 4 (OT) (2,217)
March 15 — Vernon 2 at Penticton 5 (1,972)
March 17 — Penticton 2 at Vernon 5 (1,777)
March 18 — Penticton 2 at Vernon 5 (2,027)
March 20 — Vernon 4 at Penticton 3 (2OT) (2,747)
March 21 — Penticton 5 at Vernon 1 (3,196)
March 22 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm


(Chilliwack wins best of 7 series 4-0) 
March 13 — Prince George 2 at Chilliwack 3 (1,479)
March 14 — Prince George 1 at Chilliwack 8 (1,509)
March 16 — Chilliwack 4 at Prince George 3 (1,076)
March 17 — Chilliwack 4 at Prince George 3 (892)



(Best of 7 series tied 3-3)
March 13 — Powell River 2 at Nanaimo 4 (1,096)
March 14 — Powell River 1 at Nanaimo 2 (1,096)
March 16 — Nanaimo 1 at Powell River 2 (624)
March 17 — Nanaimo 1 at Powell River 2 (694)
March 19 — Powell River 1 at Nanaimo 2 (1,041)
March 20 — Nanaimo 2 at Powell River 4 (842)
March 22 — Powell River at Nanaimo – 7 pm

The Prince George Spruce Kings are in the market for a new Head Coach after Dave Dupas tendered his resignation. Dupas is leaving PG due to family reasons. The 53-year-old’s wife and two kids remained at their home in West Kelowna while he coached the Spruce Kings. In a release on Facebook, the teams says that Dupas felt it was important to be closer to his family. In the same release, Spruce Kings GM Mike Hawes states “I have some potential replacements in mind and I’m going to make some calls over the next few days and have some conversations with guys that I feel would be a good fit. We’re in no rush to fill the spot but that being said I would like to fill the vacancy sooner than later so that the new coach can be heavily involved in the recruiting and building of next season’s team.” During his four and a half seasons with Prince George, Dupas coached the Spruce Kings to a 124-105-9-24 record along with a playoff spot in each of the last four years.

The Powell River Kings announced the commitment of 16-year-old forward Carter Turnbull for the 2015-16 season. Turnbull skated with the junior B Nanaimo Buccaneers this season, posting 71 points (31 goals, 40 assists) in 44 games. He added seven points (three goals, four assists) in five playoff games with the Bucs. The Nanaimo native played one game with the Kings as an affiliate player as well as four with Cowichan. He had no points in the lone game with PR, but did have a goal and an assist with the Capitals.

Forward Casey Bailey (Alberni Valley, 2009-11) signed a two-year entry level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday as a college free agent. Bailey, who’s from Anchorage, AK, had 40 points (22 goals, 18 assists) in 36 regular season games this season with Penn State University. In 96 career games at Penn State, Bailey posted 80 points (45 goals, 35 assists).

Alberni Valley Signs Five, Loses Four:

The Bulldogs have added five new players for the upcoming season and lost four other players to the USHL.

Here’s the skinny on who Alberni Valley has added.

F Artem Kalashnikov (93)
F Yan Kalashnikov (92)
F Ryan Lough (93)
D Brandon Halls (93)
D Chase Van Allen (92)

As for what the Bulldogs have lost, all four players are off to USHL teams.

To Omaha Lancers:
F Casey Bailey (91)
To Des Moines Buccaneers:
D Connor Varley (92)
To Dubuque Fighting Saints:
F Brandon Adams (92)
To Omaha Lancers:
D Kenney Morrison (92)
Here’s the article from Alberni Valley’s website:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs would like to announce that 92 F Yan Kalashnikov and 93 F Artsiom Kalashnikov, 93 F Ryan Lough, 93 D Brandon Halls and
92 D Chase Van Allen all have committed for the 2011-2012 season.

Originally from Minsk, Belarus the Kalashnikov brothers played for the Grand Forks Border Bruins of KIJHL Junior B League. The 5’9” 165 pound brothers moved from Belarus to Port Coquitlam two years ago to pursue their hockey careers.Yan posted 21 goals, 24 assists for 45 points in 39 games last season, while Artsiom posted 13 goals, 22 assists for 35 points in 36 games.

“The Kalashnikov brothers will bring people to their feet in the dogpound. Their skill level, competitveness and creativity will be exciting to watch, “ comments Head Coach/Assistant Director of Hockey Operations Paul Esdale. “We are thrilled to have Yan and Arty wear the Bulldogs uniform,” adds Esdale.

Ryan Lough, an Ontario native played for the Notre Dame Argos of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA league. Lough posted 16 goals, 31 assists for 47 points in 50 games last season. The 5’11” 170 pound Lough will add speed and skill to the Bulldogs roster.

“Ryan has great speed, vision and playmaking abilities which will help create offensive chances in all different situations, “ comments Esdale. “Ryan comes from a great program in Notre Dame, which will help him make the transition to the BCHL level.We are very excited to have Ryan come to the Bulldogs and look forward to him contributing immediatley to the team,” adds Esdale.

1993 Defenseman Brandon Halls spent last year with the Penticton Lakers of the KIJHL where he posted 8 goals and 14 assists for 22 points in 43 games. The 5’6”, 170 pound Calgary native will add speed and smarts to the defense core.
“Halls maybe short in stature, but he competes harder then anyone on the ice. He displays a great understanding of the game and will add plenty of offense to the back end,” states Esdale.

1992 Defenseman Chase Van Allen comes over from the Alaska Avalanche of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Chase played two seasons for Alaska posting 2 goals, 24 assists for 26 points and 113 penalty minutes in 92 games. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska the 5’11”
180 pound defender looks to be a solid two way defenseman for the Bulldogs.

“Van Allen will bring experience and add another guy who can skate and make the first pass out of his end. Chase will be looked upon to play in all situations and lead by example on and off the ice,” said Esdale.

Director of hockey operations Rick Schievink adds:

“With the overall speed and skill level of the BCHL we are always looking to upgrade and with the addition of these promising young athletes there is no question we will have speed, and skill up front. We know that it will take time for these players to adjust to this level and it should be both interesting and exciting to watch them grow and develop.”

“Perhaps the most promising news for me is how much they are looking forward to playing here and making the Alberni Valley their home. They all are highly competitive players and they want to make a difference both on and off the ice, “adds Schievink.

In other news: American born players Casey Bailey, Connor Varley, Brandon Adams and Lloydminster, Alberta native Kenny Morrison all have opted to play in the United States Hockey League (USHL) next season. We thank all the players for their contributions to the community and team last season.

For more information please contact Director of Hockey Operations Rick Schievink at 250.723.4412