Langley Rivermen – Eligible Returnees and Graduating Players:

20-year-old Ryan Barrow of Banff led Langley in scoring in 2016-17 with 68 points in 51 games.
He’s off to the University of Denver in September 2017.
Photo credit: Garrett James (http://garrettjamesphoto.photoshelter.com/index)

Graduating Players

Ryan Barrow (University of Denver)
Frank Boie (College of the Holy Cross)
Andrew Dumaresque (College of the Holy Cross)
Bo Didur (Penn State University)
Cameron Ginnetti (Clarkson University)
Max Kaufman (University of Vermont)
Gavin Payne (Rochester Polytechnic University)
Reid Yochim (Princeton University)
Zac Masson (aged out)
Cooper Leitch (aged out)

Eligible Returnees
(* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 8 defencemen)

Forwards
Satchel Clendenin (97)
Eric Butte (97)
Nicholas Ponak (97)
Baylee Wright (98)
Angus Crookshank (99)
Sean Gulka (00)
Brendan Budy (00)
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*
*
*
*

Defencemen
McKay Flanagan (97)
John Schuldt (97)
Spencer Berry (98)
Jake Livingstone (99)
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*
*

Goaltenders
Braedon Fleming (99)
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Top 20 BCHL Defenceman Scoring Leaders:

Image: Garrett James Photography (http://garrettjamesphoto.photoshelter.com/)

Name
Team
GP
G
A
PTS
PPG
PIM
1.
Cameron Ginnetti
Langley
35
5
35
40
1.14
14
2.
Jake Stevens
Victoria
36
5
33
38
1.06
10
3.
Trevor Cosgrove
Alberni Valley
31
8
23
31
1.00
24
4.
Chris Harpur
Cowichan Valley
37
5
23
28
0.76
34
5.
Alex Bates
Wenatchee
33
2
25
27
0.82
20
6.
Nick Minerva
Surrey
36
7
18
25
0.69
42
7.
Michael Ufberg
Vernon
36
7
17
24
0.67
22
8.
Tyler Anderson
West Kelowna/Prince George
32
10
13
23
0.72
64
9.
Connor Russell
Prince George
34
7
16
23
0.68
49
10.
Connor McCarthy
Chilliwack
32
8
14
22
0.69
25
11.
Jacob Dupont
Surrey
35
4
18
22
0.63
28
12.
Callum Volpe
Vernon/Powell River
30
3
19
22
0.73
22
13.
Mitch Stapley
Trail
35
0
22
22
0.63
10
14.
Cody Van Lierop
Victoria
31
3
18
21
0.68
28
15.
Josh Owings
Cowichan Valley
36
3
18
21
0.58
22
16.
Ryley Booth
Salmon Arm
36
5
14
19
0.53
51
17.
Brett Stirling
Victoria
27
3
16
19
0.70
32
18.
Zach Metsa
Merritt
35
2
17
19
0.54
4
19.
Chris Jones
Wenatchee
34
7
11
18
0.53
49
20.
John Schuldt
Langley
29
5
13
18
0.62
40

2016-17 Langley Rivermen Season Preview:

Langley Rivermen
Head Coach: Bobby Henderson (5th year)
2015-16 record: 31-22-3-2, 67 points (3rd in the Mainland Division)
2015-16 leading scorer: Matthew Graham (66 points)
2016-17 leading returning scorer: Max Kaufman (52 points)
2016 playoffs: Lost in the Mainland Division Semi-Final to Wenatchee, 4 games to 1
2016-17 Division: Mainland
First regular season game: Friday, September 9 vs. Chilliwack
Home opener: Friday, September 9 vs. Chilliwack

Trail Trades Cooper Leitch to Langley for Troy Ring:


The Trail Smoke Eaters and Langley Rivermen hooked up on the first trade of the BCHL off-season, with forward Cooper Leitch headed to Langley and defenceman Troy Ring and future considerations off to Trail.
Leitch, who is entering his final year of junior hockey, played the last season and half with the Smoke Eaters, after being acquired from Prince George during his rookie BCHL season of 2014-15. The 20-year-old from London, Ontario had 23 points (11-12-23) in 56 games with in 2015-16.

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Ring is a year younger than Leitch and made his BCHL debut last season after playing half the year with the junior B North Van Wolf Pack of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. The Vancouver native is a veteran with North Van, having skated in 94 games since the 2013-14 season, his point totals increasing each year.
The 6’1″, 188 pound blueliner won a PJHL Championship with the Wolf Pack in 2015 and was also chosen by Portland in the 14th round, 306th overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. 

Leitch is a veteran of 157 junior A games in the BCHL and the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Junior B Langley Knights Relocate to Surrey:

(Image: Doug Abbott/PJHL)

There always seems to be a trickle down effect when a hockey team at a higher level makes a geographic move within the Lower Mainland of BC.

It happened when the Western Hockey League expanded into Chilliwack and the BCHL’s Chiefs relocated to Langley. It also happened when the WHL’s Bruins left Chilliwack and the BCHL’s Quesnel Millionaires were purchased and moved into Prospera Centre.

And now with the Vancouver Giants nudging the Langley Rivermen out of the Langley Events Centre last month, the Riv jumped to the George Preston Recreation Centre, which left the junior B Langley Knights without a home arena.

Knights owner John Craighead announced on his Facebook page that the team is moving to Surrey.


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The Knights will play out of the North Surrey Recreation Centre, which has two ice surfaces. Arena One was built in 1966 with a bench seating capacity of 1100 and Arena Two was added in 1989 with a capacity of 150. I would expect the Knights will play out of Arena One.


(Image: City of Surrey)

The move keeps the PJHL with five teams on the south side of the Fraser River (Abbotsford, Aldergrove, Delta, Richmond, Surrey) and five teams on the north side (Grandview, Mission, North Vancouver, Port Moody, Ridge Meadows.


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 Suffer First Loss at WCC, Wenatchee to Join Mainland Division, Rivermen Add Two More Recruits:














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.

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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.

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.

Spruce Kings & Kings Advance, Bulldogs Force Game Seven in BCHL Playoffs, Caps Captain Commits to RMU, BCIHL Announces Award Winners & All-Stars:




The Prince George Spruce Kings eliminated Langley with a 3-2 win in Game Six to advance to the Mainland Division Final. Brogan O’Brien had a pair of goals for the Spruce Kings, who face Chilliwack starting Friday. It’s the first time in ten years PG has won a playoff series.

Alberni Valley won Game Six against Nanaimo 4-3 to force Game Seven Wednesday night at the Frank Crane Arena. The Bulldogs have won three straight after falling behind 3-0 in the best-of-seven series.

Colton Sandberg scored his first ever goal in the BCHL for Powell River as the Kings won Game Six 5-4 in double overtime to end Victoria’s season. The Grizzlies battled back from a 4-1 third period deficit to force extra time. The Kings await the winner of Wednesday’s Game Seven between Nanaimo and Alberni Valley.

SECOND ROUND DIVISION FINAL MATCH-UPS

INTERIOR DIVISION

March 14 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm
March 15 —
Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm
March 17 — Penticton at Vernon – 7 pm
March 18 — Penticton at Vernon – 7 pm
x-March 19 — Vernon at Penticton – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Penticton at Vernon – 6 pm 
x-March 21 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm

MAINLAND DIVISION

March 13 — Prince George at Chilliwack – 7 pm
March 14 —
Prince George at Chilliwack – 7 pm
March 16 — Chilliwack at Prince George – 7 pm
March 17 — Chilliwack at Prince George – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Prince George at Chilliwack – 7 pm
x-March 21 — Chilliwack at Prince George – 7 pm
x-March 22 — Prince George at Chilliwack – 7 pm

FIRST ROUND DIVISION SEMIFINAL MATCH-UPS

INTERIOR DIVISION






(Penticton wins best of 7 series 4-1)
March 3 — West Kelowna 4 at Penticton 3 (2OT) (1,502)
March 4 — West Kelowna 2 at Penticton 3 (OT) (1,672)

March 6 — Penticton 4 at West Kelowna 3 (3OT) (1,188)
March 7 — Penticton 3 at West Kelowna 2 (1,154)
March 9 — West Kelowna 0 at Penticton 7 (1,877)







(Vernon wins best of 7 series 4-0)
March 3 — Merritt 2 at Vernon 3 (OT) (1,261)
March 4 — Merritt 1 at Vernon 2 (1,338)
March 6 — Vernon 1 at Merritt 0 (947)
March 7 — Vernon 6 at Merritt 5 (888)

ISLAND DIVISION






(Best of 7 series tied 3-3)
March 3 — Alberni Valley 1 at Nanaimo 6 (838)
March 4 — Alberni Valley 1 at Nanaimo 3 (840)
March 6 — Nanaimo 4 at Alberni Valley 3 (1,065)
March 7 — Nanaimo 4 at Alberni Valley 5 (OT) (1,060)
March 9 — Alberni Valley 2 at Nanaimo 1 (977)

March 10 — Nanaimo 3 at Alberni Valley 4 (1,253)
March 11 — Alberni Valley at Nanaimo – 7 pm

 





(Powell River wins best of 7 series 4-2)
March 3 — Powell River 7 at Victoria 2 (520)
March 4 — Powell River 1 at Victoria 2 (OT) (614)
March 6 — Victoria 2 at Powell River 5 (643)
March 7 — Victoria 6 at Powell River 1 (630)

March 8 — Victoria 1 at Powell River 5 (572)
March 10 — Powell River 5 at Victoria 4 (2OT) (936)

MAINLAND DIVISION






(Chilliwack wins best of 7 series 4-1)
March 3 — Coquitlam 1 at Chilliwack 4 (1,451)
March 4 — Coquitlam 2 at Chilliwack 6 (1,466)
March 6 — Chilliwack 5 at Coquitlam 6 (OT) (607)
March 7 — Chilliwack 7 at Coquitlam 2 (650)
March 9 — Coquitlam 2 at Chilliwack 4 (1,558)

 





(Prince George wins best of 7 series 4-2)
March 3 — Prince George 1 at Langley 0 (145)
March 4 — Prince George 2 at Langley 4 (412)
March 6 — Langley 2 at Prince George 4 (1,037)
March 7 — Langley 4 at Prince George 1 (937)
March 9 — Prince George 5 at Langley 4 (OT) (912)
March 10 — Langley 2 at Prince George 3 (1,352)

Cowichan Capitals captain Kyle Horsman committed to Robert Morris University starting this September. The 20-year-old from Sechelt was third on the Capitals in goals with 18 this season while setting career highs in goals, assists and points. On RMU, Horsman joins BCHL alumni Chase Golightly, Rob Mann, Jeff Jones and Scott Jacklin.







Forward Adam Tambellini (Vernon, Surrey, 2011-13) signed an entry level contract with the New York Rangers. In 65 games this season with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen, the 20-year-old from Edmonton has 79 points (45 goals, 34 assists). Tambellini was the Rangers’ third round pick, 65th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Defenseman Nicholas Rioux (Quesnel, Prince George, 2005-07) signed a pro tryout contract with the AHL’s Iowa Wild. The 28-year-old has 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in 35 games with the Quad City Mallards of the ECHL this season. He also has no points in five games with Iowa.








The BC Intercollegiate Hockey League announced its 2014-15 award winners and post-season All-Stars on Tuesday.

Most Valuable Player – Silas Matthys, Trinity Western University

Top Defenseman – Dylan Hykawy, University of Victoria

Top Goaltender – Silas Matthys, Trinity Western University

Rookie of the Year – PJ Buys, Trinity Western University

Most Sportsmanlike Player – Luciano Somerville, University of Victoria

Coach of the Year – Barret Kropf, Trinity Western University

BCIHL First All-Star Team
F Cody Fidgett, Trinity Western University
F Beau Walker, Eastern Washington University
F Shawn Mueller, University of Victoria
D Dylan Hykawy, University of Victoria
D Stefan Gonzales, Selkirk College
G Silas Matthys, Trinity Western University

BCIHL Second All-Star Team
F PJ Buys, Trinity Western University
F Ryan Edwards, Selkirk College
F Jono Ceci, Simon Fraser University
D Mathew Berry-Lamontagna, Simon Fraser University
D Jake Harcoff, Trinity Western University
G James Prigione, Selkirk College