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: Melfort (SJHL) vs. Penticton (BCHL) – 6:30 pm PST
Thursday, April 30: Portage (MJHL) vs. Spruce Grove (AJHL) – 1:30 pm PST
Fort McMurray (Host) vs. Melfort (SJHL) – 6:30 pm PST
Saturday, May 2: 4th Place vs. 3rd Place – 1:30 pm PST
2nd Place vs. 1st Place – 6:30 pm PST
Sunday, May 3: 4th Place/3rd Place winner vs. 2nd Place/1st Place winner
With word that the Wenatchee Wild are to join the BCHL next season, there is a lot of speculation as to which division the team will fit into. One BCHL GM told me that it’s likely the Wild will be in the Mainland Division along with Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Langley, Prince George and Surrey. The Bellingham Ice Hawks are the last US-based team in the BCHL and they played in the Mainland Division before leaving the league in 1995. There is a three hour traveling time difference between Wenatchee and Bellingham, so it’s not really an equal comparison in terms of distance. Geographically, Wenatchee is directly south of Princeton, BC, so it’s actually further east than Merritt, but with Prince George also in the Mainland Division, geography doesn’t really have much to do with it. The discussion about the BCHL’s division names is a discussion for another time.
Here are the distances and driving times from the Mainland Division home rinks to Wenatchee, according to Google Maps:
Surrey to Wenatchee: 337 km – 3 hours, 53 minutes
Coquitlam to Wenatchee: 363 km – 4 hours, 14 minutes
Langley to Wenatchee: 350 km – 4 hours, 4 minutes
Chilliwack to Wenatchee: 363 km – 4 hours, 22 minutes
Prince George to Wenatchee: 1,032 km – 11 hours, 13 minutes
The Langley Rivermen added two more players to the new recruits section of their roster on the BCHL website. Joining Langley are 19-year-old forward Chase Zieky and 19-year-old defenseman Brenden Russ.
Zieky is from Avon, CT, and comes to the Rivermen after three seasons with Avon Old Farms Prep School. He was captain at the school in 2014-15 and totaled 45 points (27 goals, 18 assists) in 26 games. During his three year high school hockey career, Zieky had 86 points (43 goals, 43 assists) in 80 games.
Russ is a native of Las Vegas, NV who also spent the last three seasons playing high school hockey in the US. Russ skated with Choate Rosemary Hall, where he notched 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 28 games this past season. His overall totals with Choate show 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) in 80 games.
Salmon Arm defenseman Andrew Farny won’t go to the US Air Force Academy and will attend Colorado College in 2015-16. The 19-year-old was named the BCHL’s Top Defenseman in 2014-15 after leading all blueliners in scoring with 49 points (14 goals, 35 assists) in 53 games. Farny had previously committed to Air Force back in December 2013. He’s from Colorado, so it’s realistic to think that going to school and playing hockey close to home factored into the decision to commit to Colorado College.
Surrey Eagles captain Ben Vikich secured his post-secondary plans by committing to the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. The Tommies play Division III hockey and Vikich will join fellow former BCHLers Charlie Donlin (Merritt) and Chase Paylor (Victoria/Alberni Valley) on the squad. The 20-year-old from Surrey had 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) in his lone full BCHL season last year.