|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.
Photo credit: Damon James (http://garrettjamesphoto.photoshelter.com/index)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs
Powell River Kings
Prince George Spruce Kings
Salmon Arm SilverBacks
Trail Smoke Eaters
West Kelowna Warriors
08-Jan-15: Cowichan trades F Keegan Milligan (96) to Melville for future considerations
08-Jan-15: Nanaimo acquires D Ryan Coghlan (95) from Cowichan for future considerations
07-Jan-15: Merritt acquires F Zak Bowles (95) from Alberni Valley for F Luke Bertolucci (95) and future considerations
02-Jan-15: West Kelowna acquires D Braeden Jones (94) from Grande Prairie for future considerations
01-Jan-15: West Kelowna trades F Michael Buonincontri (94) and D Greydon Robinson (96) to Prince George for D Tyler Kunz (94)
01-Jan-15: Salmon Arm trades D Cole McCaskill (96) to Prince George for future considerations
16-Dec-14: Powell River trades D Jordan Burns (95) to Salmon Arm for future considerations
11-Dec-14: Alberni Valley trades D Jeff Rose (96) and future considerations to Drayton Valley for F Eric Therrien (94)
11-Dec-14: Trail trades D Sheldon Hubbard (95) to Grande Prairie for future considerations
02-Dec-14: Trail trades D Viktor Dombrovskiy (96) to Prince George for D Stephen Penner (95) and F Cooper Leitch (96)
02-Dec-14: Prince George trades D Taylor Allan (95) and future considerations to Lloydminster for D Tyler Kunz (94)
01-Dec-14: Vernon trades F Branden Wagner (96) to Salmon Arm for future considerations
BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
Trades Made: 14
Trades Made Within BCHL: 9
The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced the rosters for its annual Prospects Game, which is in Oakville, ON this year. A total of 12 BCHL players are featured on Team West for the game. Players are selected with consultation from the CJHL and NHL Central Scouting. Team West also includes 5 players from the AJHL, two from the MJHL and one from the SJHL.
Team West features Langley goaltender Bo Didur and forward Marcus Vela, Powell River defenseman Carmine Buono and netminder Stefan Wornig, Penticton forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage, along with Vees defensemen Gabe Bast and Jarrod Hilderman, Merritt forward Brandon Duhaime, Chilliwack defenseman Vincent Desharnais and forward Jordan Kawaguchi, Prince George forward Brogan O’Brien, and Cowichan forward Darien Craighead.
The game goes on Tuesday, January 20.
Coquitlam Express F Colton Kerfoot (96) is off to the same school his brother, Alex, attends. Kerfoot committed to Harvard University starting in September 2016.
Announce the P.O.W. at 9:30 pm. Good, good
— Fraser Rodgers (@VeesVoice) October 28, 2014
The BCHL has suspended Surrey Eagles D Nicholas Beck (95) for what appears to be two games for abuse of an official.
I haven’t seen video of what happened, but on the box score for the Eagles 8-2 loss to Nanaimo on Sunday, Beck was assessed a game misconduct, which one can only deduce was the penalty that triggered the suspension.
Under the league’s discipline on the BCHL website, it states the following:
Surrey Eagles Nicholas Beck is suspended 1 game for receiving a game misconduct abuse of an official
Surrey Eagles Nicholas Beck is suspended 1 game for abuse of an official
Not sure if it’s just a double post, or if Beck is actually out for two games.
The Canadian Junior Hockey League released its weekly Top 20 rankings on Monday morning and three BCHL teams are represented.
The Penticton Vees are the top ranked BCHL team in third (up one spot from last week). Nanaimo is up three spots from 17 to 14 since last week while Chilliwack drops from 11th to 16th. Check out the release from the CJHL on the Top 20 Rankings here.
There’s a new blog on the BCHL scene as Victoria Grizzlies broadcasters Tyler Bennett and Clay Cochrane have jumped into the fray. Check out the blog right here.
The Coquitlam Express continues to tinker with its roster as it looks to gain ground in the Mainland Division. Express GM and Head Coach Barry Wolff sent veteran D Austen Bietenbeck (95) to the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
Bietenbeck, who’s from Langley, has one assist in 11 games this season with Coquitlam. Overall, he’s tallied four assists in 67 career BCHL games.
The Surrey Eagles made more changes with their roster, this time signing former West Kelowna Warriors F Cole Plotnikoff (97) as a free agent.
Plotnikoff spent five games this season with the Warriors before being released earlier this month. He had one goal with West Kelowna. The Valley West Hawks alum joined Surrey just before its three game set this past weekend and has one goal thus far with the Eagles.
Plotnikoff’s career stats are available here.
Incoming Penticton Vees D Miles Gendron
Selected in the 3rd round, 70th overall by Ottawahttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=248347
Former Surrey Eagles D Devon Toews
Selected in the 4th round, 108th overall by New York Islandershttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=59575
Incoming Salmon Arm SilverBacks F Sam Lafferty
Selected in the 4th round, 112th overall by Pittsburghhttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=259043
Surrey Eagles F Danton Heinen
Selected in the 4th round, 116th overall by Bostonhttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=105821
Vernon Vipers F Liam Coughlin
Selected in the 5th round, 130th overall by Edmontonhttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=248303Victoria Grizzlies G Alec Dillon
Selected in the 5th round, 150th overall by Los Angeleshttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=120757
Former Coquitlam Express F Austin Carroll
Selected in the 7th round, 184th overall by Calgaryhttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=93438Langley Rivermen F Matt Ustaski
Selected in the 7th round, 192nd overall by Winnipeghttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=146215Penticton Vees F Jack Ramsey
Selected in the 7th round, 208th overall by Chicagohttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=195477
To Gloucester Rangers:
F Nicolas Beaudin (95)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=128273To Coquitlam Express:
Neither team has posted anything about the trade, but it is listed under “Transactions” on the BCHL website.
To Cornwall Colts:
D Cal Hofford (94)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=121888To Coquitlam Express:
Nothing from the Express on their website, by play-by-play man Eddie Gregory posted this on his Coquitlam Expressions blog:
To Coquitlam Express:
To Penticton Vees:
F John Siemer (92)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=90188
To Coquitlam Express:
F Garrett Forster (95)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=102464D Ben Israel (94)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=196934+ Future Considerations
To Chilliwack Chiefs:
F Philip Zielonka (93)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=177663———————————————
To Coquitlam Express:
F Lars Hepso (92)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=48849F Adam Rossignol (93)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=76446To Alberni Valley Bulldogs:
To Coquitlam Express:
To West Kelowna Warriors:
F Mitch Nardi (93)
http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=82944 The Express haven’t released anything on their website, but play-by-play man Eddie Gregory posted the following on his blog:
The Express made a number of moves that saw three significant pieces of their roster moved on to other clubs.
And the Express brought in 4 players that can help them now along with a number of future considerations that can help them going forward for the rest of this season and beyond.
Here’s what went down yesterday.
The Express traded 20 year old veteran and leading scorer John Siemer to the Penticton Vees in exchange for future considerations. The Glendora California native was second among BCHL scorers at the time of the trade with 20 goals and 49 points in 37 games this season.
The dazzling forward with some of the best hands I’ve ever seen in the BCHL scored 48 goals and 60 assists for 108 points in 87 career games spanning two seasons with the Express.
Earlier this season he secured a scholarship to Northern Michigan University for next season.
Captain Mitch Nardi was traded to the West Kelowna Warriors in exchange for future considerations. Nardi was given the captaincy prior to this season assuming the role from graduating forward Alex Petan.
The Hamilton Ontario native spent two seasons with the Express. He scored 19 goals and 50 assists for 69 points in 91 career games with the Express. It was a struggle for Mitch to find his offensive touch this season scoring just 5 goals and 20 assists for 25 points in 35 games.
Prior to the season Nardi secured a scholarship to Lake Superior University for next season.
And the Express traded forward Phil Zielonka to the Chilliwack Chiefs in exchange for defenceman Ben Isreal (94), forward Garrett Forster (95) and future considerations.
Zielonka joined the Express mid-season from the Omaha Lancers of the USHL in October. After getting his feet wet in the BCHL and not registering a point in his first game with Express, Zielonka went on a tear scoring 21 goals and 13 assists for 34 points in 24 games. In those 24 games he dressed for the Express, Zielonka didn’t register a point in only two of those contests. For a player that didn’t spend a lot of time in an Express uniform, his impact will always be remembered. He will be attending Harvard University next fall.
Defenceman Ben Israel is in his first season in the BCHL. The Bloomfield Hills, Michigan native scored 2 goals and 11 assists for 13 points in 30 games with the Chilliwack Chiefs this season. He’s listed at 5’10, 180 pounds.
Forward Garrett Forster is in his second season in the BCHL. This season the Delta, BC native had 4 goals and 7 assists for 11 points in Chilliwack. Last season he registered 6 goals and 14 assists for 20 points in 53 games.
20 year old forward Lars Hepso was acquired by the Express from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in exchange for future considerations. The 6 foot Penticton native has 11 goals and 8 assists for 19 points in 34 games this season with Alberni Valley. In September, Hepso earned a BCHL player of the week honor. He’s a 3 year veteran of the BCHL with 34 goals and 30 assists for 64 points in 138 career games all with Alberni Valley.
The Express have also added 19 year old forward Adam Rossignol. The 6 foot 184 pound Surrey native has 175 career games of WHL experience with the Kootenay Ice, Swift Current Broncos and Regina Pats. This season in Regina he had 9 goals and 5 assists for 14 points in 44 games.
The Express would like to thank Mitch, Phil and John for their contributions to the Express. And wish them the best of luck with their new clubs this year and next year in college and beyond.
And they would like to welcome Ben, Garrett, Lars and Adam to the club.
BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
Trades Made: 23
Trades Made Within BCHL: 13
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 10
Future Considerations: 22