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.

Vees Rookies Off to World U17 Challenge, BCHL Releases Suspension Details, Rivermen Make Another Deal:

The Penticton Vees, who are unbeaten in ten, are now without the services of  F Tyson Jost (98) and D Dante Fabbro (98) for the next seven games. Both players are representing Team Canada at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario.

Fabbro is a member of Team Canada Red while Jost is a member of Team Canada White. The super rookies are two of only three junior A players selected to play for Canada at the tournament.
The latest the two could return to the Vees lineup is Friday, November 14th in Vernon against the Vipers.

The BCHL has made official the details of the suspensions stemming from the October 18th shenanigans between Vernon and West Kelowna. Both sides appealed a number of the suspensions and the league clarified the results of the appeals today.

  • D Ryley Booth – Two games for participating in a fight at the end of a period
  • D Brandon Egli – Two games for participating in a multiple-fight situation and two games for participating in a fight at the end of a period
  • F Riley Brandt –  Two games for third man in a fight, two games for participating in a multiple-fight situation, and two games for participating in a fight at the end of a period
  • G Danny Todosychuk – Two games for participating in a multiple-fight situation, two games for fighting at the end of a period, and two games for goaltender involved in a fight. 
  • GM and Head Coach Mark Ferner – One game for his club participating in three fights during the same stoppage. 
West Kelowna: 
  • F Kyle Marino – Two games for participating in a fight at the end of a period
  • F Brett Mennear – Two games for participating in a multiple-fight situation and two games for participating in a fight at the end of a period
  • F Kade Kehoe – Two games for participating in a multiple-fight situation and two games for participating in a fight at the end of a period
  • GM and Head Coach Rylan Ferster –  One game for his club participating in three fights during the same stoppage.

Langley continues to reshape its roster as the Rivermen traded F Will Cook (94) to the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for future considerations. 
Cook had five points (3-2-5) in 10 games with the Rivermen this season after putting up 40 points (12-28-40) in 2013-14. 
The trade is a move closer to home for the 20-year-old, as Wellington is four hours from his listed hometown of Port Stanley, Ontario.
The Surrey Eagles have added another WHL prospect to their roster. The Eagles signed F Spencer Meyer (96) after he was released by the Spokane Chiefs two weeks ago.

Meyer, who’s from Surrey, has no points and 37 penalty minutes in 32 career Western Hockey League games with Prince Albert, Lethbridge, and Spokane. He has one goal through two games with the Eagles thus far this season.

Vernon Adds Four Year Junior A Veteran Defenseman Jake Emilio from Cobourg:

With only two returning defensemen, the Vernon Vipers added a significant piece to their blue line on Thursday, acquiring 20-year-old Jake Emilio from the Cobourg Cougars of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Back in April, Cobourg announced that Emilio had committed to the NCAA Div. III Middlesbury College Panthers for this September, but I assume Vernon wouldn’t have traded for the Kleinburg, Ontario product if he wasn’t going to play for the Vipers. In fact, Emilio is in training camp with Vernon right now.

He’s a two-time OJHL All-Star, representing the East Division in 2012-13 and the North-East Conference last season.

To Vernon Vipers:
D Jake Emilio (94) Cobourg Cougars:
Future Considerations

Victoria Grizzlies Trade Colgate University Recruit Rory McGuire to Kingston:

The Victoria Grizzlies recruited five players from St. Andrew’s College last summer, and now only one of them remains with the defending Island Division regular season champions.

19-year-old defenseman Rory McGuire, along with Jake Sterling, Jay Mackie, Adam Moodie, and Jacob Kearley, was brought west by former Victoria Head Coach and GM Bill Bestwick in June of 2013.

On Tuesday, the Grizzlies traded McGuire to the Kingston Voyageurs of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for future considerations, which leaves Mackie as the lone player left on Victoria’s roster who was brought in 14 months ago from St. Andrew’s.

Moodie was recruited but didn’t sign with the Grizzlies, and ironically enough, joined Kingston last July. Stirling was released by Victoria in December 2013, and signed with the OJHL’s Newmarket Hurricanes. Kearley was traded by the Grizzlies to Cowichan in June of this year.

McGuire, who’s from Bracebridge, Ontario, is set to attend Colgate University in September 2015, with an eye on majoring in economics. He’s a solid defenseman at both ends of the ice and should be a leader in his last season of junior hockey for the Voyageurs.

To Kingston Voyageurs:
D Rory McGuire (95) Victoria Grizzlies:
Future Considerations

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.”

Surrey Clears Logjam in Goal By Trading Victor Adamo to St. Michael’s Buzzers:

The Surrey Eagles picked up goaltender Devon Fordyce (94) two weeks ago from the AJHL’s Brooks Bandits to bolster the position.

However, with Bo Didur (97) and Victor Adamo (93) also on the roster, it was inevitable that something had to give for Head Coach and GM Peter Schaefer.

Yesterday, Schaefer made the move to send Adamo back to the Ontario Junior Hockey League, trading the Toronto native to the St. Michael’s Buzzers for future considerations, leaving Fordyce and Didur as the guardians of the Eagles net.

To St. Michael’s Buzzers:
G Victor Adamo (93) Surrey Eagles:
Future Considerations

Surrey – Trenton Trade:

With Michael Santaguida moving on to college and Glenn Ferguson traded, the Surrey Eagles faced entering the season with 16-year-old Bo Didur as the only goaltender on their roster.

Surrey Head Coach and GM Peter Schaefer alleviated those concerns somewhat with the acquisition of veteran 20-year-old netminder Victor Adamo from the Trenton Golden Hawks for future consideration.

Adamo is entering his fourth season of junior A hockey, after spending the last three in the Ontario Junior Hockey League with the now-defunct Vaughan Vipers and then Trenton.
Neither the Golden Hawks nor Eagles have released anything that I could find about the trade, but it is posted on the BCHL website under “Transactions”.

To Surrey Eagles:
G Victor Adamo (93) Trenton Golden Hawks:
Future Considerations

Surrey – Kingston Trade:

For the second time this off-season, 20-year-old forward Patrick Chore has been traded. First he was part of that huge series of four deals between the Surrey Eagles and OJHL’s Oakville Blades that saw his twin brother Eric also join the Eagles.

Now Chore is on his way back to the OJHL after Surrey GM and Head Coach Peter Schaefer moved him and futures to the Kingston Voyageurs for another former BCHLer, 20-year-old forward Braeden Russell.

Nothing on either team’s website about the deal, but it is listed under “Transactions” on the BCHL website.

To Surrey Eagles:
F Braeden Russell (93) Kingston Voyageurs:
F Patrick Chore (93) Future Considerations

Surrey – Oakville Trade:

Arguably the biggest trade of the off-season is officially four trades, but it breaks down to two teams in two leagues dealing with each other.

The trades are posted individually on the BCHL website

The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club has acquired the CJHL playing rights of Patrick Chore(93)F) from the Oakville Blades of the OJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights of Michael Santaguida(93)(G) and Future Considerations

The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club has acquired the CJHL playing rights of Eric Chore(93)(F) from the Oakville Blades of the OJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights of Michael Stenerson(93)(F) and Future Considerations

The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club has acquired the CJHL playing rights of Nathan Renouf(94)(F) from the Oakville Blades of the OJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights of Glen Ferguson(94)(G) and Future Considerations

The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club has acquired the CJHL playing rights of Jonah Renouf(94)(F) from the Oakville Blades of the OJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights of Devon Toews(94)(D) and Future Considerations

But it really breaks down to the fact that the Surrey Eagles have acquired two sets of twin forwards in Patrick and Eric Chore and Jonah and Nathan Renouf from the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. The only player off the Eagles roster headed to the Blades is 19-year-old goaltender Glenn Ferguson as all of the other players from Surrey are headed to play NCAA hockey this September.

If they do decided for whatever reason to return to junior A hockey, 20-year-old goalie Michael Santaguida, 20-year-old forward Michael Stenerson and 19-year-old defenseman Devon Toews’ CJHL rights belong to Oakville. My guess is that the future considerations in the deal are monetary from Surrey, but there’s been no confirmation of that.

To Surrey:
F Nathan Renouf (94) Jonah Renouf (94) Patrick Chore (93) Eric Chore (93) Oakville:
G Glenn Ferguson (94) Michael Santaguida (93) Michael Stenerson (93) Devon Toews (94) Future Considerations

Here’s the release from the Eagles on the deal:

Surrey, BC – The Surrey Eagles Hockey Club announced on Monday that the team has acquired forwards Jonah Renouf (’94), Nathan Renouf (’94), Patrick Chore (’93) and Eric Chore (’93) from the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Junior Hockey League in exchange for goaltender Glenn Ferguson (’94), the playing rights to Devon Toews (’94), Michael Santaguida (’93) and Michael Stenerson (’93) and future considerations.

“We’ve lost some forwards from last year’s team to NCAA schools, so we’re excited to be acquiring some great skill guys who have put up great numbers in Ontario,” said Eagles President, General Manager and Head Coach Peter Schaefer. “We hope they’ll help out our power play as well, and we’re very excited to have these young men join our organization.”

The Renouf brothers hail from Mississauga, Ontario. Jonah finished second in OJHL scoring in the 2012-2013 season with 29 goals and 65 assists in 53 games while Nathan was sixth in league scoring, tallying 21 goals and 56 assists in 54 games. In the playoffs, the Renoufs combined for 11 points in six games as the Blades were eliminated by the North York Rangers in the first round. Both brothers have committed to attend Quinnipiac University for the 2014-2015 season.

The Chores are Kelowna natives who will return to their home province to play for the Eagles. Both brothers spent time with the North Okanagan Knights of the KIJHL for parts of two seasons from 2010-2012 and both had stints in the BCHL before heading to Ontario to start the 2012-2013 season. Patrick played 37 games for the Prince George Spruce Kings in 2011-2012 while Eric has suited up in 10 BCHL games split between the Spruce Kings and the Vernon Vipers.

Ferguson heads to Ontario after appearing in nine games for the Birds in the 2012-2013 season, posting a record of 4-5-0. While their playing rights have been transferred, Stenerson, Toews and Santaguida have all completed their junior careers and will be starting at NCAA schools in the fall.

The Eagles would like to welcome Jonah, Nathan, Patrick and Eric to the organization while wishing Glenn the best of luck in his future endeavours.

Cowichan Valley – Milton Trade:

The Cowichan Valley Capitals made their second trade in as many days this week as they added a big piece to their blueline for the upcoming season.

The Caps nabbed defenseman Patrick Arnold (93) from the Milton Icehawks of the OJHL in exchange for future considerations. 

I think we may see more deals like this now that the import rules in the CJHL are relaxed and players like Arnold – as Canadian citizens – are no longer considered imports in the BCHL. With the BCHL’s track record of college commitments and NHL draft picks, players from across Canada will want to come play in the league even moreso now that they’re not counted as imports and it’ll be easier for teams to add them.

To Cowichan Valley:
D Patrick Arnold (93)
To Milton:
Future Considerations

Here’s the release from the Caps website:

The Capitals have acquired 1993 born, 6’4” 220 lb. Patrick Arnold form the Milton Ice Hawks of the OJHL. 

“He adds a huge presence on the D-line” says Coach Bob Beatty. “He is a solid stay at home guy who will offer the leadership we need in our end of the ice.”