Penticton picks up WHL veteran Taylor Sanheim, Powell River acquires NHL draft pick Matthew Cairns:

Penticton added a veteran forward to its ranks today with the acquisition of forward Taylor Sanheim.

The Vees picked up the junior A rights to the 20-year-old from the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for Ty Barnstable and future considerations.

Sanheim is from Elkhorn, MB and played 132 games in the Western Hockey League with the Calgary Hitmen, posting 12 goals and 39 assists, a +7 rating, along with 202 penalty minutes. He added a goal and six assists in 22 career WHL playoff games with the Hitmen. Calgary released Sanheim in early December.

Barnstable had four goals and five assists in 34 games with Penticton this season. The 18-year-old is a native of Regina.

The Vees were one over the allowed roster limit of 22 with the addition of Sanheim, so they released 20-year-old defenceman Gabe Bast. Per Penticton’s announcement on the move, the blueliner will sign with the junior B Surrey Knights of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. Bast has only played six games in 2016-17 due to injuries.

As an affiliate player, Bast will be eligible to play ten games with Penticton. Once Surrey’s season is over, he can affiliate an unlimited number of times with the Vees, as long as they don’t have more than six 20-year-old players dressed for any game.

Powell River added an NHL prospect to its roster today, picking up defenceman Matthew Cairns from the US Hockey League’s Fargo Force. 

To sign Cairns, the Kings acquired his Canadian junior A rights from the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. The 18-year-old was chosen by the Edmonton Oilers in the 3rd round, 84th overall in last year’s NHL Entry Draft. He’s committed to Cornell University starting this September.

The Mississauga, ON product had four assists in 17 games with Fargo this season. He posted nine goals and 24 assists in 46 games with Georgetown in 2015-16, plus three goals and 16 assists in 22 OJHL playoff games.

The move puts Powell River over the BCHL roster limit by one, so there should be a corresponding move by the Kings coming soon.

Here’s a list of trades since the December 1st roster deadline:

01-Jan-17: Powell River acquires D Matthew Cairns (98) for future considerations

01-Jan-17: Penticton trades F Ty Barnstable (98) to Portage (MJHL) for F Taylor Sanheim (96) and future considerations

18-Dec-16: Chilliwack trades D Austin Chorney (00) to Salmon Arm for future considerations

3-Dec-16: Surrey trades F Logan Mostat (97) and future considerations to West Kelowna for G Keelan Williams (96)

2-Dec-16: Nanaimo trades F Tate Coughlin (97) to Camrose (AJHL) for future considerations

2-Dec-16: Merritt trades D Marshall Skapski (98) to Cowichan Valley for future considerations

1-Dec-16: Powell River trades F Lucas Fraulin (98) to Melfort (SJHL) for future considerations

Trades Made: 7
Trades Made Within BCHL: 3
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 4
Players: 9
Future Considerations: 7
Forwards: 5
Defencemen: 3
Goaltenders: 1
1996-born: 2
1997-born: 2
1998-born: 4
1999-born: 0
2000-born: 1

Forward Casey Bailey (Alberni Valley, 2009-11) has been assigned by the Ottawa Senators to Binghamton of the AHL. The Anchorage native has 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in 28 games with the Baby Sens and no points in four games in the NHL this season.

Victoria Reaquires Goaltender Michael Stiliadis in Four Team Trade:

The Victoria Grizzlies crease got a bit more crowded on Thursday as GM and Head Coach Brad Knight was part of a complex trade involving four different Canadian Junior Hockey League teams in four different leagues.

The first deal saw the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Whitecourt Wolverines trade 19-year-old forward Connor McCallum and future considerations to Cornwall Colts of the Central Canada Hockey League in exchange for 20-year-old defenseman Pierre Ouellette.

The Colts then traded McCallum to Grizzlies in exchange for future considerations. Victoria then flipped McCallum and future considerations to Dauphin Kings for 20-year-old goaltender Michael Stiliadis, who was named Most Valuable Player at last spring’s RBC Cup tournament in Vernon.

Stiliadis had expressed to Dauphin that he was interested in returning to the BCHL for his last season of junior hockey and the Kings accommodated. The Woodbridge, Ontario product played for the Grizzlies in 2012-13 season, posting a 2.97 goals-against-average and an .897 save percentage in 31 games played. He was acquired from the OJHL’s Oakville Blades by Victoria in late August of 2012.

In terms of the break down of Stiliadis rejoining Victoria, I’ll only focus on the BCHL portion of the deal.

To Victoria Grizzlies:
G Michael Stiliadis (94) Dauphin Kings:
F Connor McCallum (95) Future Considerations

Here’s the release from Dauphin on the deal:

The Dauphin Kings were a part of a 4 team trade this last week. Coming to the Kings is 19 year old forward Connor McCallum who played last season with the Whitecourt Wolverines in the AJHL as well as future considerations.

“Connor will bring tenacity, a strong work ethic and excellent character to our hockey club.” said Kings HC/GM Marlin Murray “He’s a big body that competes hard.”

The 6’2”, 200lb forward will arrive in Dauphin later this afternoon for the Kings Main Camp.

Going to the Victoria Grizzlies is 20 year old goaltender Michael Stiliadis.

“Stilly was very good for us last season and as a team are likely not as successful without him” stated Murray. “We were advised by his father and family advisor in the summertime that he would only be reporting to the BCHL for his final year of Junior A hockey. We are happy to get Connor and maximum PDF back in the deal because many BCHL teams had their goaltenders solidified for the upcoming season. We want to wish Stilly all the best.”

Over 2,030 CJHL Alumni on College and University Rosters in North America:

The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) is proud to announce that over 2,030 CJHL alumni are pursuing their academic and hockey careers at colleges and universities across North America in the 2013-2014 season. 
Number of CJHL alumni competing at universities and colleges in Canada and the US (% of rosters):

  •     578 in NCAA Division I (37%)
  •     595 in NCAA Division III (27%)
  •     857 in Canadian universities and colleges (61%)

“Year after year the Canadian Junior Hockey League graduates hundreds of elite hockey players and outstanding students who go on to hockey and academic careers at universities and colleges all over North America,” said CJHL President and Chairman Kirk Lamb.  “Junior A provides the opportunity to develop as a player, as a student and as an individual.  It allows players and their families time to make a fully-informed and confident decision without ever sacrificing athletic development or exposure.  It’s clear that the Junior A experience is working for our student-athletes and their families.”

Over 850 former CJHL players spent the 2013-2014 season competing in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), Alberta Colleges Athletic Association (ACAC) and BC Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL).  This represents 61% of players on Canadian university and college team rosters.

University of Prince Edward Island veteran Dana Fraser is excelling in the CIS and attributes his success to the development he experienced in the Maritime Hockey League (MHL), one of ten Junior A leagues in the CJHL.  “Junior A hockey prepared me for playing in the CIS and I owe a lot to Junior A for helping me become the player I am today, ” said Fraser.  “I took the systems and training I received with me to the CIS and it helped me develop into a much better and complete player.”

CJHL alumni helped lead Canada’s best university and college programs to success in 2012-2013.   In March 2013, the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds captured the 2013 University Cup with the aid of 11 CJHL alumni.  The NAIT Ooks men’s hockey team won the 2013 ACAC Championship with a roster that included 24 CJHL alumni.  The ACAC final was dominated with CJHL talent as 48 alumni filled the rosters of the two teams competing in the championship final.

CJHL alumni are not just making their mark north of the border.  In the US, a total of 578 CJHL alumni competed on NCAA Division I rosters in the 2013-2014 season.  These CJHL alumni account for 37% of all Division I hockey players.  Another 595 CJHL alumni can be found at the NCAA Division III level, representing 27% of all Division III players.  In 2013, 19 CJHL alumni competed in the NCAA Championship Game, four of which became National Champions as members of the Yale Bulldogs.   In total, 32 alumni of the Canadian Junior Hockey League were on the rosters of the four NCAA teams that competed at the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four.

Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL) alumnus and 2014 Hobey Baker nominee, Ben Hutton, describes his NCAA experience with the University of Maine and journey to this point as ‘incredible’.  “The CJHL was a great experience for me and was instrumental in my development,” said Hutton.  “It allowed me to keep my options open while still playing very high level hockey.”  Hutton was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

“Maine was the right fit for me in many aspects. I was able to get quality minutes as a freshman and got the opportunity to play in front of the best fans in college hockey. It’s a program full of rich history and development.”

Goaltender Sam Brittain graduated from the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) to the University of Denver and believed the CJHL was the ultimate path to his goal of education and hockey in the NCAA.  “The biggest thing for me was that I wanted to play in the NCAA and I knew the best route was through Junior A,” said Brittain.

“I grew up and learned a lot of important lessons when I started in the CJHL.  It was my first time away from home, and the first time that there was a real pressure to perform, which forced me to develop as a player and a person.  Everything went very well for me and it was a great beginning.”

West Kelowna Moves Connor Bucsis to Flin Flon as Futures From Earlier Trade:

When the West Kelowna Warriors acquired Reid Simmonds from on October 22nd and saw their roster start to regain some health, GM and Head Coach Rylan Ferster needed to make some room.

As a result, forward Connor Bucsis (95) was traded to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Flin Flon Bombers for future considerations.

The futures were actually owed to the Bombers after the Warriors picked up the junior A rights to goaltender Andy Desautels (94) back in August. So the deal is essentially Desautels for Bucsis.

To West Kelowna Warriors:
G Andy Desautels (94) Flin Flon Bombers:

F Connor Bucsis (95)’s an excerpt from Jon Zacks’ Warriors blog explaining the deal:

There is some sad news to pass along, with Connor Bucsis heading to Flin Flon to conclude the deal that brought Andy Desautels to West Kelowna.

I know for certain that Coach Ferster had a tough time seeing Bucsis go, and he’s not alone. 

‘Butchy’ handled it like a pro (he played his best hockey yet on the weekend and even went on a school visit on Wednesday) and he’ll be a rising star in the SJHL. 

Life in hockey can be tough, but I guess that’s the price a club has to pay for a 19 year-old #1.

And the Bombers take on the trade:

Flin Flon Bombers Head Coach and General Manager Mike Reagan announced a pair of deals for the team as they settle in for a week off of game action.

The first of the day was the acquisition of 1995 born forward Connor Bucsis from the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL. 

Bucsis (Saskatoon, SK) is listed as 6’2 and 190 pounds; he registered 6 points (1g, 5a) in 14 games with the Warriors. 

As a member of the Tisdale Trojans of the SMHL, Bucsis compiled 37 points (20g, 17a) in 39 games and played three games with the Nipawin Hawks.

This deal finalizes the transaction the Bombers made before camp when they sent goaltender Andy Desautels to the Warriors for Future Considerations.

The team also traded 1995 born forward Ram Brar to the Notre Dame Hounds in exchange for future considerations. 

Brar played in 4 games for the Bombers not registering a point. 

He’ll join former Bombers defenseman and fellow BC’er Chandler Bruyckere who was traded to the Hounds earlier in the season.

Trail Trades Defenseman Braeden Jones to Portage Terriers:

The (short-lived) mystery of what happened to defenseman Braeden Jones (94) is solved as the Trail Smoke Eaters announced today that they’ve traded him to the MJHL’s Portage Terriers for future considerations.

Jones was traded to make room for defenseman Cody Bardock, who the Smokies picked up from Sherwood Park on Thursday.

To Portage Terriers:
D Braeden Jones (94) Trail Smoke Eaters:
Future Considerations

Here’s Trail’s release on the deal:

The Trail Smoke Eaters have completed a trade with the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Portage Terriers, sending 19 year-old defenseman Braeden Jones east for future considerations.

Jones, from Edmonton, Alberta, scored 3 goals and 9 points in 44 appearances with the Smoke Eaters during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, adding 78 minutes in penalties. The 6’2” blueliner was recruited in the spring of 2012 from the Knights of Columbus midget AAA program.

Jones will join former Smoke Eater defenseman Matt Alexander with Portage. The Terriers will host the 2015 RBC Cup.

The Smoke Eaters would like to thank Braeden for his contributions on and off the ice in our community, and wish him the very best with the Terriers.

Cowichan – Dauphin Trade:

OK, we know the Cowichan Capitals and Dauphin Kings of the MJHL have made a trade, but it’s very unclear exactly what’s involved in it.
Most certainly, 18-year-old defenseman Nathan Deyell is off to Dauphin as he’s the only consistent piece I’ve seen reported regarding the deal, however, the question is whether or not the Caps also traded 18-year-old forward Mitch Crisanti and received 19-year-old forward Sutton Olson.
Yesterday, the Capitals posted the following on their website:
The Cowichan Capitals have traded the playing rights of Nathan Deyell and Mitch Crisanti to the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations. Nathan came to the Capitals last season from the Penticton Vees, while Crisanti arrived in the off season, completing the Teal Burns trade with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. The Capitals would like to thank them both for their contributions while they were here and we wish them the very best in the future hockey aspirations.
And today, the BCHL posted this on its’ website under “Transactions”:
The Cowichan Capitals Hockey Club have acquired the CJHL Playing Rights to Sutton Olson(94)(F) and future considerations from the Dauphin Kings of the MJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Nathan Deyell(95)(D)
For now, I’m actually going to combine the two trades as they were announced, assuming that there’s an error on one of them.

To Cowichan Capitals:
F Sutton Olson (94) Future Considerations

To Dauphin Kings:
F Mitch Crisanti (94) Nathan Deyell (95)

West Kelowna – Swan Valley Trade:

The West Kelowna Warriors had a glut of veteran junior goaltenders in training camp and they made a move on Tuesday to alleviate that glut by trading 20-year-old Cole Holowenko to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Swan Valley Stampeders for future considerations.
Holowenko didn’t play junior ‘A’ hockey in 2012-13, starting the season with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips before signing with the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats after Everett released the Penticton native. His last junior ‘A’ game was a playoff loss to Vernon while with the Warriors back on March 15, 2011.
Neither team has officially released anything about the trade, but it is posted on both “Transactions” pages for the BCHL and the MJHL.

To Swan Valley Stampeders:
G Cole Holowenko (93) West Kelowna Warriors:
Future Considerations

Trail – Winkler Trade:

20-year-old defenseman Curtis Toneff trades one black and orange jersey for another as he’s been acquired by the Trail Smoke Eaters from the Winkler Flyers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Toneff is a solid addition for Smokies Head Coach and GM Bill Birks as he’s a veteran of 118 junior A games and put up his best offensive season in 2012-13, notching 28 points in 56 games.

Neither team has put out an official release on the deal, but as I Tweeted yesterday, it is posted on the BCHL website under “Transactions”.

To Trail Smoke Eaters:
D Curtis Toneff (93) Winkler Flyers:
Future Considerations

West Kelowna – Flin Flon Trade:

With Tanner Burgart and Steve Myland on their roster and former BCHLer Cole Holowenko in training camp, the West Kelowna Warriors added yet another goaltender to the mix today with the acquisition of the CJHL rights to 19-year-old Andy Desautels from the MJHL’s Flin Flon Bombers for future considerations.
Desautels hasn’t played junior A hockey since the 2011-12 season, when he played 25 games in Flin Flon, finishing with a 3.64 goals-against-average and an .899 save percentage. He played 13 games with the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders last season, garnering a 2-7-0-1 record with a 4.01 goals-against-average and an .873 save percentage.
There’s been no mention of the deal from either West Kelowna or Flin Flon, but it is listed on the BCHL webpage under “Transactions”.

To West Kelowna Warriors:
G Andy Desautels (94) Flin Flon Bombers:
Future Considerations

Powell River – Winnipeg Trade:

The Powell River Kings made a huge move on Friday, acquiring one of the top 18-year-olds in the CJHL from the Winnipeg Blues.
The deal sees the Kings acquire forward Kurt Keats from Winnipeg in exchange for 19-year-old forward Landon Robin, 20-year-old forward Matt Dupont, 20-year-old defenseman Jordan Paddock and future considerations.
It’s a big bounty for Powell River to pay for just one player, but Keats point totals in the MJHL (96 points in 106 games) at his age show that he is expected to be a pretty big cog in the Kings wheel this season.

To Powell River Kings:
F Kurt Keats (95) Winnipeg Blues:
F Matt Dupont (93) Jordan Paddock (93) Landon Robin (94) Future Considerations

Here’s the release from the Kings:

The Powell River Kings have acquired 1995-born forward Kurt Keats from the Winnipeg Blues in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. In exchange, the Kings send Jordan Paddock (93-D), Matt Dupont (93-F), Landon Robin (94-F) and future considerations to the Blues.

Keats, from Winnipeg, has played for the Blues the last two years, playing in 106 games, scoring 25 times and adding 71 assists. He also suited up for Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge in Nova Scotia in 2012, where he played 4 games and scored 1 goal on route to a silver medal. In Powell River, he will be reunited with his Canada West teammates Luke Ripley and Jonah Imoo.

“It was the experience of a lifetime (playing at the WJAC)” says Keats. The 5’8, 170lb forward who was also a part of Team West for the World Under 17 Championships in 2011/2012 considers himself a setup man.

“I’d say I’m a playmaker, I like to work the puck down low and cycle the puck” says Keats. His near point-per-game performance has been consistant throughout his entire career, and is something he’s hoping to continue with in Powell River. “Hopefully it translates over, obviously looking to have a good year and put up some good numbers for the Kings.”

The trade came at a high cost for the Kings, who gave up experience, with a pair of 20 year olds heading east, in addition to the 19-year old Robin.

“This was a very difficult decision to make” says Kings Head Coach and GM Kent Lewis. “We are losing some great kids who gave a lot to our organization. However, we felt that we needed to fill a void at the center position and we feel Kurt is exactly the type of player we wanted to add. We would like to welcome Kurt to our orgainzation and are looking forward to his arrival to Powell River.”

Keats will make the trip from Winnipeg to Powell River in the coming days, likely in time for exhibition games on the lower mainland during the Labour Day long weekend. He’s looking forward to getting settled in a new town for the first time.

“All the guys I’ve talked to about the Kings just had so many good things to say about the town and the team, they’re always a competitive team, always in the playoff hunt and definately a place I want to be.”

The Kings would like to thank Jordan, Matt and Landon for all of their work both on and off the ice during their time in Powell River.