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.

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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.

Spruce Kings Bring Logan Aboard, Rumpel and Allen Win ECHL Kelly Cup Title:








Another member of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League champion Campbell River Storm moves up to the BCHL with news that forward Connor Logan has signed with the Prince George Spruce Kings. The 18-year-old played 36 games with the Storm in 2014-15, scoring 60 points (23 goals, 37 assists). He also had four points (two goals, two assists) with the Peninsula Panthers before being traded to Campbell River. Logan got into eight games with Powell River as an affiliate player and had one assist. He skated in two playoff games with the Kings, but didn’t register a point. In 134 career junior B games with the Storm and Panthers, the Victoria, BC product has 160 points (58 goals, 102 assists).








The Allen Americans claimed the 2015 ECHL title on Sunday with a 6-1 win over the South Carolina Stingrays in Game 7 of the Kelly Cup Finals. Goaltender Joel Rumpel (Penticton, 2009-11) is the lone former BCHL player on the Americans roster. Rumpel played seven games for Allen in the ECHL playoffs, finishing with a 2.94 goals-against-average and an .880 save percentage. Forward Tyler Barr (Burnaby AP, Langley AP, Merritt, 2005-09) was loaned to the Americans by the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Louisiana IceGators and played 16 regular season games with Allen, but didn’t get into any playoff games. The Kelly Cup win is the third straight league title for the Americans. They won the President’s Cup in the Central Hockey League in 2013 and 2014 before the league folded prior to the 2014-15 season.

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.

Alberni Valley and Victoria Clinch Fred Page Cup Playoff Spots, BCHL Alumni Update:



 
Tuesday Results
Alberni Valley def. Cowichan 5-3

Wednesday Games
Vernon at Penticton
Salmon Arm at Trail
Once again this season, the BCHL will go with a playoff format that sees best-of-seven playoff series in Rounds One (Division Semifinals) and Two (Division Finals), a three-team round robin in Round Three designed to eliminate one team, and then a best-of-seven Fred Page Cup final between the two remaining teams.

The top four teams from each division make the post-season, meaning that only four of the BCHL’s 16 teams don’t get in. As of Tuesday, Surrey, Cowichan, and Trail are eliminated while Penticton, Chilliwack, Langley, Prince George, Coquitlam, Powell River, Alberni Valley, Victoria and Nanaimo have locked up playoff spots. If the regular season ended Tuesday, these would be the Division Semifinal match-ups:

INTERIOR DIVISION
(1) Penticton vs. (4) Salmon Arm
(2) Vernon vs. (3) Merritt

STANDINGS
Penticton – 81 points, seven games remaining
Vernon – 66 points, seven games remaining
Merritt – 56 points, eight games remaining
Salmon Arm – 56 points, seven games remaining
——————-
West Kelowna – 55 points, six games remaining
ISLAND DIVISION
(1) Nanaimo vs. (4) Victoria
(2) Powell River vs. (3) Alberni Valley

STANDINGS
Nanaimo – 75 points, six games remaining
Powell River – 62 points, five games remaining
Alberni Valley – 55 points, eight games remaining
Victoria – 55 points, seven games remaining
MAINLAND DIVISION
(1) Chilliwack vs. (4) Coquitlam
(2) Langley vs. (3) Prince George

STANDINGS
Chilliwack – 64 points, eight games remaining
Langley – 59 points, eight games remaining
Prince George – 55 points, eight games remaining
Coquitlam – 47 points, six games remaining
Goaltender Chris Rawlings (Salmon Arm, Powell River, Cowichan, 2005-09) was traded in the ECHL from the Elmira Jackals to the Idaho Steelheads on Tuesday. The North Delta, BC, native played one game with Elmira and allowed four goals on 17 shots in a game on February 4 vs. Florida. As a result, his numbers for the season aren’t flattering – an 8.88 goals-against-average along with a .765 save percentage. Rawlings was signed by Evansville in August, but was released in October and didn’t see any action this season until the game against the Everblades.
Defenseman Zach Josepher (Penticton, 2007-09) has been loaned by the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the Southern Professional Hockey League to the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals. Josepher, who won a Fred Page Cup with the 2008 Vees, played eight games with Missouri in the ECHL this season and recorded two assists after being acquired from the Wichita Thunder. Josepher didn’t play any games with Wichita, but did skate in two games with Pensacola, registering no points.
Forward Ken Magowan (Vernon, 1998-2000) left Lowen Frankfurt of the DEL2 to sign with Vienna of the Austrian Hockey League. Magowan had 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in 17 games this season with Lowen, which plays in the second level of pro hockey in Germany. He spent last season with Adler Mannheim of the German Ice Hockey League.

Six BCHL Players Commit to NCAA Programs, Powell River Signs OHL Veteran, BCHL Alumni Update:

Trail F Jake Lucchini (95) is off to Michigan Tech University, starting in September 2015. Lucchini, who’s into his third season with the Smoke Eaters, has 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists) in 34 games this season. The Trail native announced his commitment on Twitter here.


Lucchini’s teammate Charlie Zuccarini (94) also took to Twitter to announce his college plans. The 20-year-old from Shelton, Connecticut is off to Arizona State University in September 2015. He took the league by storm at the Bauer BCHL Showcase in September by scoring five goals in the Smokies 8-3 win over Coquitlam and has a solid season going with 43 points (22 goals, 21 assists) in 34 games.


Another BCHLer will join Zuccarini at ASU as Victoria F Brett Gruber (96) has committed to the Sun Devils, although he’ll play one more season with the Grizzlies before heading to school in September 2016. Gruber is second in scoring on Victoria and 24th overall in the BCHL with 35 points (18 goals, 17 ssists) in 33 games this season. The House of Sparky blog has the details on Gruber’s commitment here.


A bright spot in the Surrey Eagles season has been the play of G Christian Short (95) and now he’s the first player on their roster to commit to an NCAA school. Short, who’s from Woodbridge, Ontario, is off to RIT this coming September. He has a 4-13 record along with a 4.25 goals-against-average and an .898 save percentage. The Eagles release on Short’s commitment is here.


Chilliwack F Luke McColgan (94) has committed to the University of Alaska-Anchorage for September 2014. McColgan is in his first season in the BCHL after being acquired from the SJHL’s Battlefords North Stars back in June. The Manhattan Beach, California native has 21 points (12 goals, nine assists) in 33 games this season. The Alaska Dispatch News has details on the release here.


West Kelowna F Jonathan Desbiens (96) will spend one more season with the Warriors before going to Bentley University in September 2016. The 18-year-old from Rosemere, Quebec has 31 points (17 goals, 14 assists) in 32 games this season. He announced his commitment to Bentley on his Twitter account here.



Powell River added 19-year-old forward Nick Halagian as a free agent from the St. Catharines Falcons of the junior B Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. Halagian had nine points (five goals, four assists) in 15 games with the Falcons. He’s a veteran of 136 major junior games with the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the the QMJHL, posting 21 points (13 goals, eight assists).







Blueliner Nick Charif (Victoria, 2013-14) was traded in the Western Hockey League from Red Deer to Spokane for D Colton Bobyk (96) and a 2016 bantam draft pick. Charif started the 2013-14 season with the Grizzlies before joining the Rebels. He had two points (one goal, one assist) in nine games with Victoria. Spokane’s release on the trade is here.


Veteran forward Glen Metropolit (Vernon, 1994-95) has signed a contract extension with Adler Mannheim for the 2015-16 season. Metropolit is in his first season with Mannheim and has 36 points (seven goals, 29 assists) in 32 games. If you understand German, the release on Metropolit’s extension is here.


Defenseman Brad Hunt (Burnaby, 2005-08) has been reassigned to the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL by the Edmonon Oilers. The 26-year-old had two assists in five games with the Oilers since being recalled from Oklahoma City. Here’s the release on the move.


25-year-old right winger Andrew Cherniwchan (Nanaimo, 2007-08) was loaned by the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League to the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins. Cherniwchan has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 11 games with the Stingrays this season. The Stingrays release on the move is here.


Forward Brodie Reid (Surrey/Burnaby/Penticton, 2005-09) signed a professional try-out contract with the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans. The Delta native has appeared in 12 AHL games this season with Adirondack and St. John’s, totaling five points (three goals, two assists). He has also recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) in nine ECHL games with Elmira. The Amerks release on the signing is here.

Canada West Posts Shootout Win at WJAC, Warriors Forward Jordan Masters Commits to ASU, Salmon Arm and Powell River Make Trade:







Penticton Vees forward Tyson Jost scored the deciding goal in the shootout as Canada West improved to 0-1-1-0 at the World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan with a 3-2 win over Russia.

BCHL players factored into all the scoring for Canada West as Jost and Demico Hannoun each assisted on Vees teammate Gabe Bast’s goal in the second period. Prince George Spruce Kings defenseman Viktor Dombrovskiy assisted on Jost’s first period marker.

The game summary is available right here.

The standings at the tournament are different from what you may be used to. It counts three points for a regulation win, two points for an overtime/shootout win, one point for an overtime/shootout loss and no points for a regulation loss.

Canada West finishes second in the Group B preliminary round and faces Canada East in one of Wednesday’s quarterfinals. Canada East ends up last in Group A with an 0-1-0-1 record for just one point after a 3-2 loss Tuesday to the United States.

The game is first time Canada West and Canada East have ever met in the quarterfinals at the tournament. Overall, Canada West is 5-0 against its national counterpart.


West Kelowna Warriors forward Jordan Masters has committed to Arizona State University for the 2015-16 season.

ASU just received NCAA Div. I certification last month. 

Masters, from Rochester, New York, has 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 22 games for West Kelowna this season. He played in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game during the 2011-12 season as a member of the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks.

He also originally committed to the University of New Hampshire back in August 2011. The Warriors release on Masters’ commitment to ASU is here.

 








Although there’s a CJHL inter-league moratorium on player transfers until January 1st, there’s no stopping BCHL teams from dealing with each other, as Salmon Arm and Powell River connected on a trade Tuesday afternoon.

The deal sees defenseman Jordan Burns (95) head to the SilverBacks for future considerations. Burns, who’s committed to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for next season, has 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 22 games with the Kings this season.

The move sees Burns head closer to home, as he’s from Vernon. The Salmon Arm side of things on the trade is here, while Powell River’s take is here.


With the BCHL Trade Deadline just under a month away, I’d like to re-introduce the BCHL Trade Tracker to the blog. As usual, stick tap to Gregg Drinnan and his WHL Taking Note blog for the inspiration.

On every post I make between now and January 10th, I’ll summarize any moves to date. In the effort of being accurate, I’ll only post trades I know are complete or are posted in the ‘Transactions’ section of the BCHL website. The Trade Tracker won’t include instances where a team has signed a player as a free agent.

Here’s a list of trades since the December 1st roster deadline: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: 6
Trades Made Within BCHL: 3
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 3
Players: 10
Future Considerations: 5





Forward Travis Ouellette (Penticton, 2008-09) was traded in the East Coast Hockey League on Tuesday, going from the Indy Fuel to the Gwinnett Gladiators for forward Bobby Hughes. The 25-year-old from Windsor, Ontario played three games with the Fuel this season, registering no points. The Gladiators release on the deal is here.



Defenseman Jonathan Sigalet (Salmon Arm, 2002-03) left HC Slovan Bratislava in the KHL and has been released by the team. Sigalet, who’s from Vancouver, notched one assist in 38 games with Bratislava this season. No word where he’ll end up. Bratislava tweeted some encouraging words for Sigalet though.


The AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers signed forward Colton Gillies (Surrey AP, 2004-05) after he played the first 25 games of the season on a professional try-out contract. He had three points (one goal, two assists) with the Sound Tigers. The nephew of Islanders great Clark Gillies skated with the Rochester Americans last season. Bridgeport’s release on the signing is here.


Hartford of the AHL has returned goaltender Jeff Malcolm (Quesnel, 2007-09) to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. Malcolm played in one game for the Wolf Pack during his recall, posting a 5-3 victory vs. Worcester Friday night. So far this season in Greenville, the 25-year-old has an 11-4-0 record, a 2.13 goals-against average, a .929 save percentage and one shutout. Hartford’s release is here.

Vees Boss Fred Harbinson Hits 300 Wins, Caps and Rivermen Make Big Trade:

My apologies for the lack of posts here on the blog in the last little while. With all that I’m juggling professionally, plus family life, it makes it difficult to find time to post, although I hope to be more consistent.

You’ll also notice a bit of a new format on the blog as I try to summarize the goings on in the BCHL and BC Intercollegiate Hockey League each day. I’ll definitely still have the odd post focused on one topic, but I thought I’d give this a try as there are a number of sports blogs I like which follow a similar format. I also hope that creating content this way will help provide you with a hub for the news I usually provide and more.

As usual, for the most update info, please follow me on Twitter (@Brian_Wiebe), and thanks so much for reading.

Penticton GM and Head Coach Fred Harbinson reached the 300 win plateau in the BCHL with the Vees 1-0 win over Vernon on Saturday night. Dante Fabbro had the lone goal for Penticton while Hunter Miska made 29 saves. It’s the Vees ninth straight win. As for Harbinson, his record since joining Penticton prior to the 2007-08 season is now 300-93-7-26.

The Vees official write up on the game is available here.

The Langley Rivermen nabbed F Colton Kehler (97) and re-acquired D Charlie Pelnik (94) from the Cowichan Capitals on Friday in exchange for F Darian Craighead (97) and F Brendan Gulka (94).

Craighead was suspended by the Rivermen earlier this month for leaving the team and had an immediate impact in Cowichan, scoring twice in his debut in a 3-2 loss to Alberni Valley. He also had a goal in Saturday’s 6-5 overtime win against West Kelowna. Gulka should add some solid leadership and secondary scoring to the Capitals.

Pelnik returns to Langley after playing only 13 games with the Capitals. The 19-year-old from Cary, NC, was traded to Cowichan back in August by the Rivermen. Kehler, who holds the BC Major Midget League record for goals in a season, could wind up being a key offensive catalyst for Langley as he gains more experience in the BCHL.

The Rivermen media release on the trade is here and the Capitals take on the deal is here.


The Coquitlam Express signed D Cole Bevan (96) after he was released by the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades. Bevan, who’s from Surrey, was acquired by the Blades from the Swift Current Broncos back on September 30th, but only played one game with Saskatoon.

Meanwhile, former Express G Pierce Dushenko (95) has shown up on the roster of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Whitecourt Wolverines. Neither the BCHL nor the AJHL websites show that Dushenko was traded. Either he was released by Coquitlam and signed by the Wolverines or a trade occurred that hasn’t been reported.


F Alex Jackstadt (94) is no longer on the roster of the Powell River Kings. He had a goal and an assist in six games with the Kings this season after being recruited from the USHL’s Fargo Force. 

Jackstadt has re-joined the Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League, where he played during the 2012-13 season. He has an assist through two games with Kenai River thus far this season.

D James Isaacs (Powell River, 2007-08) has signed with the Dundee Stars (EIHL) for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. He had a goal and four assists in 16 games with Dundee last season. Isaacs signed with the Kalamazoo Wings back in July, but was released a week and a half ago.

Trio of BCHL Alumni Hoist the Kelly Cup as ECHL Champions:

The Alaska Aces are the champions of the ECHL for the third time in the last nine years after a 4-0 win over the Cincinnati Cyclones in Game Six of the Kelly Cup Final series.
The Aces, which are the affiliate of the AHL’s Adirondack Flames and the NHL’s Calgary Flames, feature three former BCHL players in defenseman Zach Davies and forwards Jordan Kremyr and Evan Trupp.
Davies played 174 games for the Prince George Spruce Kings from 2006-09 while Kremyr skated in 184 career BCHL games, 19 with Chilliwack and 165 with Alberni Valley, from 2003-07. Trupp played 94 games with the Penticton Vees from 2005-07.

Zach Davies (Prince George 2006-09)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=47403Jordan Kremyr (Chilliwack 2003-04, Alberni Valley 2004-07)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=38511Evan Trupp (Penticton 2005-07)
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Here’s the release from the ECHL on the Aces championship win:

The Alaska Aces defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones 4-0 on Monday at U.S. Bank Arena to claim the 2014 ECHL Kelly Cup championship 4 games to 2.
The title is Alaska’s third Kelly Cup championship, following titles in 2006 and 2011. The Aces join South Carolina (1997, 2001 and 2009) as the only three-time Kelly Cup champions in League history. Hampton Roads also has three ECHL titles, winning Riley Cup titles in 1991 and 1992 and the Kelly Cup in 1998.
Nick Mazzolini scored the only goal Alaska needed, his 11th of the postseason, on the power play with just 23 seconds remaining in the first period. Drew MacKenzie added a power-play marker of his own at 17:09 of the second period to make it 2-0. Alex Belzile and Turner Elson added third-period goals to set the final.
Gerald Coleman stopped all 23 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the Finals series. The win was Coleman’s eighth career win in the Kelly Cup Finals, tying Nick Vitucci’s record for most career wins in the Riley/Kelly Cup Finals.
Cincinnati goaltender Rob Madore was named Most Valuable Player of the 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs, becoming the first player from the losing team to win the award in the ECHL’s 26-year history. Madore played every second for the Cyclones in the playoffs, posting a 14-10 record with a 2.29 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. Madore led all goaltenders in the postseason in games played (24), wins (14), minutes played (1,493) and saves (756).

44 BCHL Alumni Included on ECHL Season Ending Rosters:


The East Coast Hockey League released its season ending rosters on June 17th and by my count, there are 44 BCHL alumni included. If there are any corrections, feel free to leave them in the comments section. 
Here’s the release from the ECHL website:
The ECHL on Monday announced the Season-Ending Rosters as submitted by each of its member teams.

Season-Ending Rosters may include up to 20 players. Season-Ending Rosters cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2012-13.

Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than June 30. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2013-14 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to June 30.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player will retain the rights to that veteran until Aug. 1. After Aug. 1, if the veteran player is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent. 

Mark Guggenberger, Gerald Coleman, Corey Syvret, William Wrenn, Mike Baran, B.J. Crum, Kane Lafranchise, Dustin Molle, Brad Gorham, Steve Ward, Sean Curry, Scott Howes, Brandon Gentile, Tyler Ruegsegger, Chris Clackson, Garry Nunn, Alex Hudson, Tommy Mele, Evan Trupp, Jordan Kremyr, Tim Hall, Bobby Hughes, Zach Harrison, Spencer Bennett, Andy Taranto, Nick Mazzolini, Alexandre Imbeault, Scott Gomez, Joey Crabb, Brandon Dubinsky, Matt Robinson, Nate Thompson, Chris Bruton
Scott Greenham, Brian Stewart, Erik Burgdoerfer, Kyle Haines, Art Bidlevskii, Chris Haltigin, Scott Enders, Deron Cousens, Ryan Annesley, Scott Freeman, Phil Mangan, Kyle De Laurell, Greg Burgdoerfer, Brett Perlini, Francis Verreault, Jake Morley, Nicholas Tremblay, Brett Lyon, Shawn Skelly, Max Campbell
Taylor Ellington, David MacDonald, Chris Reed, Cam Reid, Jared Gomes, Matt Smyth, Trevor Lewis, Mike Embach, Dan Eves, Mathieu Aubin, Michael Pelech, Francois Bouchard
Adam Brown, Kyle Jones, Arthur Bidwill, Collin Bowman, Jarrett Rush, Isaac Smeltzer, Jason Beatty, Aaron Schneekloth, Jack Combs, A.J. Hau, Teegan Moore, Greg Gardner, Dylan Hood, Kyle Ostrow, Brock Nixon, Michael Forney, Kevin Ulanski, Chad Costello, Trent Daavettila, Steve Haddon, Riley Nelson, Devin DiDiomete
Ian Keserich, Jordon Southorn, Steven Kaunisto, Benjamin Dieude-Fauvel, Dylan Quaile, Cameron Cooper, Justin DaCosta, Kyle Bushee, Ryan Palmer, Andrew Rowe, Brandon Blandina, Matt Carter, Jordan Pietrus, Matt Tassone, Rob Bellamy, Artem Demkov, Chaz Johnson, Kevin Harvey, Jean Bourbeau
Kevin Moore, James Reid, Matt Krug, Dustin Hopfner, Jake Obermeyer, Donnie Harris, Aaron Gens, Jesse Perrin, Nathan Martine, Matt Gens, Daniel Tetrault, Philippe Plante, Peter Sakaris, Colin Reddin, Jason Dale, Dylan Clarke, Mark Cody, Patrick Kennedy, Chris Forfar, Myles McCauley, Darick Ste-Marie, Matt Schepke, Josh Beaulieu, Kevin R. Baker, Todd Robinson, Nathan Moon
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Three BCHL Alumni Win Kelly Cup as ECHL Champions:


The strong pedigree of BCHL alumni continues as three former players from the league claimed the Kelly Cup as East Coast Hockey League champions as members of the Reading Royals out of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Forwards Kirk MacDonald (Victoria, 2000-02), Evan Barlow (Salmon Arm, 2003-05), and Ethan Cox (2004-06) will all be recognized as part of the championship team.
For Barlow and MacDonald, it’s their first ECHL title while Cox won a Kelly Cup with the Alaska Aces in 2011.

Here’s the release from the Royals website:
 
The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, defeated the Stockton Thunder, 6-0, in Game Five of the best-of-seven Kelly Cup Championship Final match-up between the Royals and Thunder at Stockton Arena in Stockton, California. With the win, the Royals won the ECHL Kelly Cup Championship over the Thunder, four games to one.

In tonight’s decisive game, the Royals scored late in the first and the proceeded to ring off four straight in the second—a scoring spree that included an unassisted even strength goal, a short-handed goal and a power play goal—to build what proved to be an insurmountable lead. Goaltender Riley Gill (win 13-3-1, 29/29), who was selected as the ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs’ Most Valuable Player, made all twenty-nine saves he was called upon to make—several in spectacular fashion—to record his fourth shutout of the playoff season.

This marks the first ECHL championship win for the Royals, who just completed their twelfth season in Reading. This is the seventeenth Kelly Cup Awarded in this the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary season for the ECHL. The league champion in the first eight seasons of the league was awarded the Riley Cup. The Royals are the tenth different organization in the ECHL to win the Kelly Cup; and the sixteenth different organization to win the league championship.

With this Championship, Royals’ defenseman Patrick Wellar becomes only the second player in ECHL history to win the Kelly Cup three times. Wellar, who won the Cup with the Alaska Aces (2006) and South Carolina Stingrays (2009), joins Scott Burt in that regard. For Ethan Cox and Nikita Kashirsky, this marks their second Kelly Cup Championship. Cox won it previously with the Alaska Aces in 2011. Kashirsky was a member of the Stingrays in their championship run in 2009. For Bryant Molle, Barry Almeida and Stan Galiev, this marks a second consecutive championship season. Molle was a member of the 2012 CHL President’s Cup Champion Fort Wayne Komets. Almeida won the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey National Championship with Boston College in 2012. Galiev was a member of the Saint John’s Sea Dogs who won the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Championship in 2012.

After an energetic start to tonight’s game that saw both clubs generate quality scoring chances, the Royals struck first 17:05 into the first period when Mark Mitera threw a wrister off the wide left point that hit a body on the way in and deflected behind goaltender Tyler Bunz (loss, 1-1-0 28/34) for Mitera’s second of the season—and what proved to be his first game winner of the season.

The Royals then exploded for four in the second. It started 2:49 into the period, when Brett Flemming walked around everyone down the right wing side, got tight to the goaltender Bunz and forced it under him for Flemming’s fifth of the playoff season, which proved to lead all defenseman in the ECHL. Reading then capitalized on the team’s first penalty kill of the night with a short-handed goal by Ian O’Connor. T.J. Syner sprang O’Connor for the break, and he buried a hot snapper by Bunz for his sixth of the playoff season—and his second SHG and the fourth SHG of the playoff season for Reading.

The Royals stretched the lead to 4-0 when Pat Wellar fired from the left point. Bunz made the save, but Syner was wide open out in front to punch back the rebound for his ninth of the playoff season. Reading stretched the lead to 5-0 with a power play goal by Stan Galiev, who was inserted into the Royals’ line-up tonight after missing twelve consecutive games. Galiev got a clean look for a bullet-wrister from the left circle for his fourth of the playoff season with 4:50 remaining in the second period. Galiev was set up by Yannick Tifu, who recorded his twenty-fifth point of the playoff season (12g-13a) which proved to lead all players in the ECHL’s post-season.

Reading added one more in the third when Syner set up Joel Champagne, charging down the middle, for a redirect over Bunz with 3:35 left in regulation. But by that time, the outcome had been pretty much determined as the Royals played a simple and solid final period of the 2012-13 season.