2016-17 Chilliwack Chiefs Season Preview:

Chilliwack Chiefs
Head Coach: Jason Tatarnic (3rd year)
2015-16 record: 38-13-4-3, 83 points (1st in the Mainland Division)
2015-16 leading scorer: Jordan Kawaguchi (83 points)
2016-17 leading returning scorer: Jordan Kawaguchi (83 points)
2016 playoffs: Lost in the BCHL Championship Fred Page Cup Final to West Kelowna, 4 games to 2
2016-17 Division: Mainland
First regular season game: Friday, September 9 vs. Langley
Home opener: Saturday, September 17 vs. Langley

2015-16 BCHL Season Team Previews:

Since this is the eve of the 2015-16 BCHL season, I caught up with a member of the staff for each of the 17 teams to preview the upcoming year. Although a number of the questions I asked were similar, if not the same, it is interesting to hear each team’s perspective or philosophy when it came to the answers.

I also spoke with BCHL Commissioner John Grisdale, that interview will be posted in this space tomorrow.

Alberni Valley Bulldogs
 



Chilliwack Chiefs





Coquitlam Express




Cowichan Capitals




Langley Rivermen





Merritt Centennials





Nanaimo Clippers




Penticton Vees




Powell River Kings




Prince George Spruce Kings




Salmon Arm SilverBacks




Surrey Eagles




Trail Smoke Eaters




Vernon Vipers




Victoria Grizzlies




Wenatchee Wild




West Kelowna Warriors

Vees Win 2015 Western Canada Cup, Barrow Commits to Rivermen, Hards Set to Join Spruce Kings, Roseboom Added to Chiefs:

For the second time since the inaugural tournament three years ago, a BCHL team has claimed the Western Canada Cup championship. Connor Chartier scored 2:59 into overtime to give Penticton a 4-3 win over Portage to claim the title Saturday night. The Vees and Terriers were already guaranteed spots in the RBC Cup (Portage as host, and Penticton as one of the two finalists at the WCC), so both teams were playing to have their name engraved on the trophy. The Vees are the second BCHL team to win the Western Canada Cup after Surrey did back in 2013. 

2015 WESTERN CANADA CUP
(at Fort McMurray, AB)

Saturday, April 25: Penticton (BCHL) def. Spruce Grove (AJHL) 11-3 (718)
Fort McMurray (Host) def. Portage MJHL) 3-1 (929)

Sunday, April 26: Portage (MJHL) def. Melfort (SJHL) 6-3 (749)
Penticton (BCHL) def. Fort McMurray (Host) 6-0 (979)

Monday, April 27: Spruce Grove (AJHL) def. Melfort (SJHL) 4-3 (OT) (761)
Tuesday, April 28: Portage (MJHL) def. Penticton (BCHL) 3-2 (705)
Fort McMurray (Host) def. Spruce Grove (AJHL) 5-4 (894)

Wednesday, April 29: Penticton (BCHL) def. Melfort (SJHL) 3-1 (782)

Thursday, April 30: Portage (MJHL) def. Spruce Grove (AJHL) 4-2 (701)
Fort McMurray (Host) def. Melfort (SJHL) 3-2 (OT) (1,154)

Saturday, May 2: Melfort (SJHL) def. Fort McMurray (Host) 4-2 (1,154)
Penticton (BCHL) def. Portage (MJHL) 4-3 (OT) (943)

Sunday, May 3: Melfort (SJHL) vs. Portage (MJHL) – 3 p.m. PST








Langley announced the commitment of 18-year-old forward Ryan Barrow for the 2015-16 season. Barrow is from Cochrane, AB, and had 63 points (24 goals, 39 assists) in 31 games with the Banff Bears of the Heritage Junior B Hockey League. He added 65 points (25 goals, 40 assists) in 27 games with the Banff Hockey Academy Prep team, which plays in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League.


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16-year-old forward Darren Hards has committed to the Surrey Eagles for next season. The Prince George product had 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 34 games with the Cariboo Cougars of the BC Major Midget League in 2014-15.




Forward Ryan Roseboom is among the new recruits listed on the Chilliwack Chiefs roster on the BCHL website. The 18-year-old from Terrace, BC spent 2014-15 with the Osoyoos Coyotes of the Kootenay International Junior B Hockey League. Roseboom had 44 points (16 goals, 28 assists) in 45 games with the Coyotes. He also had one goal in three games with the Chiefs as an affiliate player.

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Vees Guaranteed RBC Cup Berth, Wenatchee Awaiting Approval from BC Hockey & Hockey Canada, Caps Acquire Carrier, Chiefs Announce Two Recruits:

The Penticton Vees had a day off on Thursday at the Western Canada Cup in Fort McMurray, AB, but still managed to book a spot in the RBC Cup national championship. With Portage’s 4-2 win Thursday over Spruce Grove, the Terriers advanced to the WCC championship game against Penticton. However, as the host team, Portage is already guaranteed a spot in the RBC Cup which means the Vees also receive a berth in the national championship tournament. It’s the fourth time Penticton will play for a national junior A title. The franchise has been successful in two of its three previous appearances, winning in 1986 (as the Knights) and 2012 (as the Vees). The Knights lost in the final in 1985 to the immortal Orilla Travelways of the OJHL.

2015 WESTERN CANADA CUP
(at Fort McMurray, AB)

Saturday, April 25: Penticton (BCHL) def. Spruce Grove (AJHL) 11-3 (718)
Fort McMurray (Host) def. Portage MJHL) 3-1 (929)

Sunday, April 26: Portage (MJHL) def. Melfort (SJHL) 6-3 (749)
Penticton (BCHL) def. Fort McMurray (Host) 6-0 (979)

Monday, April 27: Spruce Grove (AJHL) def. Melfort (SJHL) 4-3 (OT) (761)
Tuesday, April 28: Portage (MJHL) def. Penticton (BCHL) 3-2 (705)
Fort McMurray (Host) def. Spruce Grove (AJHL) 5-4 (894)

Wednesday, April 29: Penticton (BCHL) def. Melfort (SJHL) 3-1 (782)

Thursday, April 30: Portage (MJHL) def. Spruce Grove (AJHL) 4-2 (701)
Fort McMurray (Host) def. Melfort (SJHL) 3-2 (OT) (1,154)

Saturday, May 2: Melfort (SJHL) vs. Fort McMurray (Host) – 1:30 pm PST
Portage (MJHL) vs. Penticton (BCHL) – 6:30 pm PST

Sunday, May 3: Melfort/Fort MacMurray winner vs. Portage/Penticton winner


The Wenatchee Wild’s admission to the BCHL is awaiting approval from Hockey Canada and BC Hockey. In an article by Mario Annicchiarico in today’s Victoria Times-Colonist, BCHL Commissioner John Grisdale indicates that the league’s governors approved the admission of Wenatchee unanimously, and approvals have also come from USA Hockey and the North American Hockey League.

An official announcement won’t come until later in June, after BC Hockey’s annual meeting. The article also mentions that Wenatchee is considered a BCHL expansion team and isn’t taking over an existing franchise, which means the Williams Lake TimberWolves remain suspended by the league and dormant as a franchise “not in good standing”. I’d expect that the current 16 BCHL franchises will benefit greatly from an expansion fee provided by the Wild. Under various ownership groups, Wenatchee has been trying to join the BCHL on and off since 2006. Annicchiarico’s article is here.

Mario Annicchiarico
Mario Annicchiarico

Mario Annicchiarico
The Cowichan Capitals announced the completion of a trade with the Nanaimo Clippers. On January 8th, the Clippers acquired 19-year-old defenseman Ryan Coghlan from the Caps for future considerations, and on Wednesday, we found out that those futures see 19-year-old forward Nicolas Carrier head to Cowichan. Carrier had a stellar rookie season with Nanaimo, scoring 47 points (21 goals, 26 assists) in 57 games. He added ten points (five goals, five assists) in 23 playoff games with the Clippers.


Defenseman Connor McCarthy has committed to the Chilliwack Chiefs for the 2015-16 season. The 18-year-old from LaSalle, QC, played this past season with Dawson College in the QCHL, posting 22 points (four goals, 18 assists) in 36 games. McCarthy is an imposing figure on the ice, standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing over 215 pounds. He’s committed to attend the University of Denver in September 2016.

Also joining the Chiefs is 19-year-old forward Brendan Riley. The West Point, NY native spent 2014-15 playing prep hockey with Kimball Union Academy and tallied 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 33 games. He had 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 37 games with Kimball in 2013-14. Riley’s father, Tony, is the head coach of the Army NCAA men’s hockey team.

Nanaimo Advances to BCHL Championship Final, Cents Roster Might Not Include Oakes & Neil, DaSilva Signs ECHL ATO, TRU Hockey Still on Life Support:




 


Standings Wins Losses Points GF GA
3 1 6 13 8
2 1 4 10 7
0 3 0 8 16


March 25 — Nanaimo 1 at Penticton 4 (2,433)
March 27 — Chilliwack 3 at Nanaimo 7 (1,700)
March 29 — Penticton 4 at Chilliwack 3 OT (2,489)
March 31 — Chilliwack 2 at Penticton 5 (2,508)
April 2 — Penticton 0 at Nanaimo 2 (1,821) 

The BCHL Championship finalists are determined after Nanaimo’s 2-0 win over Penticton Thursday night in the Round Robin Semifinals. The Clippers victory eliminates Chilliwack from the three-team mini-series and they advance to face the Vees for the Fred Page Cup.

Sheldon Rempal had a goal and an assist for Nanaimo in the win, while Guillaume Decelles kicked out 32 shots for the shutout – his second of the post-season. The average attendance during the semifinals was 2,190. This year’s Fred Page Cup Final is the eighth time in franchise history the Clippers will play for a BCHL title, and the sixth time they’ve faced Penticton. 

This year’s championship schedule – subject to change – is as follows:

April 10 — Nanaimo at Penticton – 7 pm
April 11 — Nanaimo at Penticton – 6 pm
April 13 — Penticton at Nanaimo – TBA
April 14 — Penticton at Nanaimo – TBA
x-April 16 — Nanaimo at Penticton – 7 pm
x-April 17 — Penticton at Nanaimo – TBA
x-April 19 — Nanaimo at Penticton – 6 pm      

 

The Merritt Centennials may not have 20-year-old forwards Devin Oakes and James Neil back on their roster in 2015-16 as both are dealing with long-term injuries. According to Ian Webster of the Merritt Herald, Oakes is expected to retire after season-ending shoulder surgery and Neil’s status is up in the air as he recovers from concussion symptoms. Oakes, who’s from Prince Rupert, BC, had seven points (one goal, six assists) in 35 games with the Centennials this season. Neil, from White Rock, BC, missed 40 games this season, but still managed 14 points (eight goals, six assists). Webster also notes that 19-year-old forwards Cole Chorney and Stephan Seeger are expected to try and return to major junior. Seeger played one game with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals last season while Chorney joined the Cents from WHL Red Deer back in November, he’s since been added to Everett’s 50-player protected list. The entire article from the Merritt Herald is here.


Defenseman Justin DaSilva (Powell River, 2009-11) signed an amateur tryout with the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. DaSilva is from Cambridge, ON, and just wrapped up his four year NCAA career at Ohio State University. He had 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 122 games at OSU. DaSilva was named Top Defenseman in the Coastal Conference in 2011 while with Powell River.


 
Trevor Bast, who’s spearheading a movement to try and resurrect the Thompson Rivers University men’s hockey program, had a meeting on Thursday with Nathan Lane, who is the executive director of the school’s Student Union. Coming away from the meeting, Bast gets the feeling that the TRUSU won’t facilitate a hockey club exclusively for the purpose of competing in the BCIHL. According to Bast, the Student Union feels that facilitating a hockey club would leave it too exposed on a number of levels and needs partnership with other areas of TRU. The encouraging news is that over the next two weeks, Lane will explore other areas of TRU to “co-host” hockey and give a final decision then. The BCIHL has also indicated that it needs to know the concrete plans of a TRU team by May 3rd to be considered entry in time for the 2015-16 season. If you’re interested in offering any support to Bast, he can be reached via email at trevorbast@gmail.com.

Vees Advance to Fred Page Cup Final, Makin Commits to WMU, Smoke Eaters Add Two New Recruits, Garbowsky and Laleggia Sign Pro Contracts:




 


Standings Wins Losses Points GF GA
3 0 6 13 6
1 1 2 8 7
0 3 0 8 16


March 25 — Nanaimo 1 at Penticton 4 (2,433)
March 27 — Chilliwack 3 at Nanaimo 7 (1,700)
March 29 — Penticton 4 at Chilliwack 3 OT (2,489)
March 31 — Chilliwack 2 at Penticton 5 (2,508)
April 2 — Penticton at Nanaimo – 7 pm  
x-April 4 — Nanaimo at Chilliwack – 7 pm
x-April 6 — TBA at TBA – TBA   

With Penticton’s 5-2 win over Chilliwack on Tuesday night, it takes the Chiefs fate out of their hands. In order for Chilliwack to stay alive in the BCHL round robin semifinals, it needs a Vees win on Thursday in Nanaimo. If the Clippers win that game, it books their ticket to the BCHL Fred Page Cup Final. If the Vees win that game, the Chiefs will still be alive and can force the tie-breaker game with a win on Saturday, April 4th at home against Nanaimo.







Alberni Valley forward Mitch Makin committed to Western Michigan University and will play for the Broncos starting this September. The 21-year-old from Lethbridge, AB, led the Bulldogs in scoring in 2014-15, putting up 60 points (25 goals, 35 assists) in  58 games. He added eight points (two goals, six assists) in seven playoff games with AV. In 141 career BCHL games, Makin finishes his career with 100 points (42 goals, 58 assists).

The Trail Smoke Eaters added two players to their new recruits on the BCHL website. Committing to the Smokies for the 2015-16 season are 17-year-old Ross Armour and 17-year-old Spencer McLean. Both players skated with the junior B Beaver Valley NiteHawks in 2014-15, finishing second and third respectively in scoring. Armour had 57 points (14 goals, 43 assists) in 49 games and McLean notched 38 points (18 goals, 20 assists) in 51 games this season, which are impressive totals for 16-year-olds making their first foray into junior hockey. Amour played seven games as an affiliate player with the Smoke Eaters and McLean played five games as an AP with Trail, each posting two assists.

Forward Matt Garbowsky (Powell River, 2009-11) signed a one-year American Hockey League contract with the Buffalo Sabres for 2015-16. The 24-year-old signed an amateur tryout contract with the Rochester Americans, who are the Sabres AHL affiliate, so he can join them for the final nine games of the season. Garbowsky was one of the top scorers in NCAA hockey this season with 54 points (26 goals, 28 assists) in 40 games. He is one of the Top 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.

Defenseman Joey Laleggia (Penticton, 2008-11) signed a two-year entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers. The Burnaby, BC product recorded 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists) in 37 games with the University of Denver this season. He’s also a Top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. Laleggia was named 2014-15 NCHC Player of the Year, NCHC Defenseman of the Year, and Offensive Defenseman of the Year. He was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round, 123rd overall at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Forward Brendon Kearney (Langley, 2013-14) committed to Ohio State University, starting with the 2015-16 season. He’s played the last two seasons with the Chicago Steel, posting 48 points (19 goals, 29 assists) in 95 games. Kearney started the 2013-14 season with the Rivermen and had two goals in 16 games. Langley struck a deal with Chicago that saw the Steel get Kearney while the Rivermen took Liam McDermott.

Vees Improve to 2-0 in BCHL Round Robin Semifinals with 4-3 OT Win vs. Chilliwack:




 


Standings Wins Losses Points GF GA
Penticton Vees 2 0 4 8 4
Nanaimo Clippers 1 1 2 8 7
Chilliwack Chiefs 0 2 0 6 11


March 25 — Nanaimo 1 at Penticton 4 (2,433)
March 27 — Chilliwack 3 at Nanaimo 7 (1,700)
March 29 — Penticton 4 at Chilliwack 3 OT (2,489)
March 31 — Chilliwack at Penticton – 7 pm
x-April 2 — Penticton at Nanaimo – 7 pm  
x-April 4 — Nanaimo at Chilliwack – 7 pm
x-April 6 — TBA at TBA – TBA   

Tie-breaker criteria to determine first place: Points; Points in head-to-head games; Goal differential in head-to-head games; Goal differential in overall round-robin games; Round-robin seed

After first place is declared – if the other two teams are tied in round-robin points – they will play a tie-breaker game hosted by the higher round-robin seed on Monday, April 6th. 

Chiefs Lose Their First Game of BCHL Round Robin Semifinals, Clippers Announce Recruits Hardy and Page, Rivermen Add Ayre and Ginnetti to New Recruits Page:




 


Standings Wins Losses Points GF GA
Penticton Vees 1 0 2 4 1
Nanaimo Clippers 1 1 2 8 7
Chilliwack Chiefs 0 1 0 3 7


March 25 — Nanaimo 1 at Penticton 4 (2,433)
March 27 — Chilliwack 3 at Nanaimo 7 (1,700)
March 29 — Penticton at Chilliwack – 7 pm
March 31 — Chilliwack at Penticton – 7 pm
x-April 2 — Penticton at Nanaimo – 7 pm  
x-April 4 — Nanaimo at Chilliwack – 7 pm
x-April 6 — TBA at TBA – TBA   

Tie-breaker criteria to determine first place: Points; Points in head-to-head games; Goal differential in head-to-head games; Goal differential in overall round-robin games; Round-robin seed

After first place is declared – if the other two teams are tied in round-robin points – they will play a tie-breaker game hosted by the higher round-robin seed on Monday, April 6th. 

The Nanaimo Clippers announced the commitment of two new players for the 2015-16 season. Heading to the Hub City are 16-year-old forward Owen Hardy and 19-year-old defenseman Louis-Philippe Page. 

Hardy is from Nanaimo and played this past season with the North Island Silvertips of the BC Major Midget League. He had 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 31 games with the Silvertips and no points in three games with the Clippers as an affiliate player. Hardy played for Team BC at last month’s Canada Winter Games and had one assist. He was selected in the 2nd round, 42nd overall by the Vancouver Giants in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

Page comes from the Deerfield Academy Varsity Boys high school team in Deerfield, MA. He’s played three seasons with Deerfield and had 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 26 games this season. Page was a 2nd round pick, 34th overall, by the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft.

The Langley Rivermen added two new players to the “New Recruits” section of their roster on the BCHL website. The players added are 17-year-old forward Trevor Ayre and 16-year-old Cameron Ginnetti. 

Ayre is from Surrey and played 2014-15 with the Valley West Hawks of the BC Major Midget League. He was seventh in league scoring with 55 points (20 goals, 35 assists) in 40 games. Ayre also got into five BCHL games with the Rivermen as an affiliate player, but didn’t register any points.

Ginnetti played junior B hockey this past season with Grandview Steelers of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. In 32 games with the Steelers, the Vancouver native picked up 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists). He also had seven points (four goals, three assists) in 12 playoff games for Grandview, which advanced to the Tom Shaw Conference Finals in the PJHL. Ginnetti played four games with Langley as an AP, scoring no points.

BCHL Round Robin Semifinals Resume Friday, Four Former BCHL Players Sign NHL Contracts:




 


It’s an off-day in the BCHL Round Robin Semifinals following Penticton’s 4-1 win Wednesday against Nanaimo. The Clippers return home tomorrow to face Chilliwack. The Vees are next in action on Sunday, when they visit the Chiefs.

Standings Wins Losses Points GF GA
Penticton Vees 1 0 2 4 1
Nanaimo Clippers 0 1 0 1 4
Chilliwack Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0


March 25 — Nanaimo 1 at Penticton 4 (2,433)
March 27 — Chilliwack at Nanaimo – 7 pm
March 29 — Penticton at Chilliwack – 7 pm
March 31 — Chilliwack at Penticton – 7 pm
x-April 2 — Penticton at Nanaimo – 7 pm  
x-April 4 — Nanaimo at Chilliwack – 7 pm
x-April 6 — TBA at TBA – TBA   

Tie-breaker criteria to determine first place: Points; Points in head-to-head games; Goal differential in head-to-head games; Goal differential in overall round-robin games; Round-robin seed

After first place is declared – if the other two teams are tied in round-robin points – they will play a tie-breaker game hosted by the higher round-robin seed on Monday, April 6th.








Forward Grayson Downing (Westside, 2008-11) has signed a two-year, entry level contract with the Minnesota Wild. The 22-year-old from Abbotsford, BC, had 36 points (21 goals, 15 assists) in 38 games during his senior season at the University of New Hampshire this year. The contract kicks in for the 2015-16 season. Downing has joined the Wild’s AHL affiliate in Iowa on an amateur tryout agreement.


Goaltender Joel Rumpel (Penticton, 2009-11) signed a one-year, entry level contract with the San Jose Sharks. He had a 4-23-4 record along with a 3.49 GAA and a .902 save percentage this season with the University of Wisconsin. The Swift Current, SK native posted a 53-50-11 record with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage over four seasons with the Badgers. He will report to the Sharks’ AHL affiliate in Worcester.


Forward Ryan Bayda (Vernon, 1998-99) has signed with the Strauberg Tigers of the German Elite League for the 2015-16 season. The 34-year-old only played six games in 2014-15, posting ten points (six goals, four assists) with the Augsburger Panthers. Next season is Bayda’s sixth straight in the DEL after playing eight pro seasons in North America from 2002-10.


Defenseman Ben Betker (Westside, 2011-12) signed a three-year entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Betker, who just finished his overage season in the WHL with Everett, was selected by the Oilers in the sixth round, 158th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The Cranbrook, BC native played 64 games this season with the Silvertips, scoring 31 points (six goals, 25 assists).

Forward Austin Carroll (Coquitlam, 2010-11) inked an entry level contract with the Calgary Flames. Carroll, a native of Scottsdale, AZ, played four seasons with Victoria of the WHL and was drafted by the Flames in the seventh round (184th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. This past season, he led the Royals in scoring with 77 points (38 goals, 39 assists) in 69 games.



Defenseman Brandon Manning (Prince George, 2007-08) is back in the NHL after being recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL. Manning has 43 points (11 goals, 32 assists) in 58 games with Lehigh Valley, and one assist in four games with the Flyers this season.

Vees Strike First in BCHL Round Robin Semifinals, Three Former BCHL Players Among TSN NCAA Hockey Talents to Watch:




 


Standings Wins Losses Points GF GA
Penticton Vees 1 0 2 4 1
Nanaimo Clippers 0 1 0 1 4
Chilliwack Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0


March 25 — Nanaimo 1 at Penticton 4 (2,433)
March 27 — Chilliwack at Nanaimo – 7 pm
March 29 — Penticton at Chilliwack – 7 pm
March 31 — Chilliwack at Penticton – 7 pm
x-April 2 — Penticton at Nanaimo – 7 pm  
x-April 4 — Nanaimo at Chilliwack – 7 pm
x-April 6 — TBA at TBA – TBA   

Tie-breaker criteria to determine first place: Points; Points in head-to-head games; Goal differential in head-to-head games; Goal differential in overall round-robin games; Round-robin seed

After first place is declared – if the other two teams are tied in round-robin points – they will play a tie-breaker game hosted by the higher round-robin seed on Monday, April 6th.








Three former BCHL players are identified among “Ten NCAA Hockey Talents to Watch” by TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button. Defensemen Mike Reilly (Penticton, 2011-12) and Joey Laleggia (Penticton, 2008-11) along with forward Matt Garbowsky (Powell River, 2009-11) are the three players featured who are BCHL grads. Button’s article is available right here.

Forward Alexander MacMillan (Merritt, 2008-11) has signed a pro tryout contract with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL. The 24-year-old from Calgary, AB, signed an amateur tryout with Utah of the ECHL two weeks ago and had two assists in five games with the Grizzlies. MacMillan wrapped up a four year NCAA career with American International College, posting 79 points (36 goals, 43 assists) in 118 games.



Goaltender Jeff Malcolm (Quesnel, 2007-09) has been reassigned to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors by Hartford of the AHL. Malcolm, who was recalled to Hartford on February 4th, is 6-4-0 in ten AHL appearances this year, with a 3.40 goals-against average and an .893 save percentage.  In 25 ECHL games with the Road Warriors, he has a 15-9-1 record, a 2.54 GAA, a .920 save percentage and one shutout.



Forward Sahir Gill (Vernon, 2008-10) had his professional tryout with AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs expire and the 22-year-old from Terrace, BC will return to the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. In 25 games with the Bulldogs, he had four points (two goals, two assists). He also played 12 games on a pro tryout with Wilkes-Barre Scranton in the AHL, posting three points (one goal, two assists). Gill also has 14 points (four goals, ten assists) in 15 games with the Nailers this season.



Forward Brett Lyon (Penticton AP, Westside, 2007-09) signed a pro tryout with Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL. Lyon, who’s from Grand Forks, BC, had been playing with the ECHL’s Brampton Beast. He had four points (two goals, two assists) in six games with the Beast since being acquired from the Allen Americans last month. With Allen, Lyon notched 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 47 games.