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.

2016-17 Penticton Vees Season Preview:

Penticton Vees
Head Coach: Fred Harbinson (10th year)
2015-16 record: 50-7-0-1, 101 points (1st in the Interior Division)
2015-16 leading scorer: Scott Conway (116 points)
2016-17 leading returning scorer: Nicholas Jones (63 points)
2016 playoffs: Lost in the Interior Division Final to West Kelowna, 4 games to 2
2016-17 Division: Interior
First regular season game: Saturday, September 10 vs. Prince George
Home opener: Saturday, October 1 vs. Trail
Twitter: @PentictonVees

BCHL Alumni Schultz and Bennett Celebrate Stanley Cup Win:

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history on Sunday night with a 3-1 Game Six victory over San Jose.

Winning the biggest prize in hockey is special for all members of an organization, but it means a lot for the BCHL as well. Former West Kelowna (nee Westside) Warriors defenceman Justin Schultz and former Penticton Vees forward Beau Bennett helped continue a seven year streak which has seen a player who skated in the BCHL win Lord Stanley’s mug.

It remains to be seen if Bennett will get his name on the Cup. Rules stipulate that a player must have at least 41 games played with the club or one game played in the Stanley Cup Finals, neither of which Bennett meets. There was a stipulation enacted in 1994 that allows a team to petition NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman for permission to have players’ names put on the Cup if extenuating circumstances prevented them from being available to play. Bennett only played 33 games during the regular season and one game in the playoffs due to injury, we’ll see if the Penguins petition to have him included on the Cup – I’d bet they do.

Meanwhile, Schultz played 15 games in the Pens’ cup run, finishing with four assists and a +1 +/- rating.

Both Bennett and Schultz are restricted free agents on July 1st and must be extended a qualifying offer from Pittsburgh for the Penguins to retain negotiating rights. Bennett’s qualifying offer must be at least a five percent raise over his 2015-16 salary of $800,000 while Schultz’s qualifying offer must be at least as much as his 2015-16 salary of $3.9 million. Any player who doesn’t receive a qualifying offer becomes and unrestricted free agent.

Vees acquire Meek from Cowichan, Eagles get Davidson from Penticton, Capitals nab Hards and Jones in Three-Team Trade:

The Penticton Vees acquired defenceman Mitch Meek from the Cowichan Capitals on Monday in a three-team trade also involving the Surrey Eagles.

The Eagles traded forward Darren Hards and the CJHL rights to defenceman Ryan Jones to the Vees for forward Darius Davidson, and Penticton moved Hards and Jones to acquire Meek from the Capitals.

From the Vees website:
“We were in need of an experienced, veteran defenceman and he being a right-handed shot was the perfect fit for us. We’re excited to have him on our blue-line next season.” – Penticton President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson.
Meek, 20, has 72 points (15-57-72) in 193 BCHL games over four seasons with Victoria, Vernon, and Cowichan. He’s also played in 38 career BCHL playoff games with 10 points (1-9-10).

Davidson, 20, rejoins the BCHL team in which he’s played 144 of his 165 career games with.

From the Eagles website:
“After talking with our core group of guys that are coming back this season, we all feel that it will be a very competitive roster. The addition of Darius addresses some of our scoring needs. He also brings experience. He’s played in a lot of BCHL games, regular season and playoffs. I think that will also be a positive addition for our group.” – Eagles GM and Head Coach Blaine Neufeld
The Surrey native was moved to Penticton in December 2015 and finished the season with five points (2-3-5) in 21 games with the Vees and 25 points (11-14-25) in 30 games with the Eagles.

Hards, a 17-year-old from Prince George, is coming off his rookie season in the BCHL. The Cariboo Cougars product had eight points (4-4-8) in 28 games last season with Surrey.

Jones, 18, finished the 2015-16 season with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants. The resident of Delta played 43 games with the Giants, notching three assists. Jones started the season with Surrey and had one assist in 12 games with the Eagles. I expect him to remain in the WHL in 2016-17.

Two BCHL Alumni Remain in the Quest for the Stanley Cup:

                                                                                                                   Image: Pittsburgh Penguins / Twitter

For the last six seasons, fans of the BC Hockey League have seen at least one of their alumni hoist the Stanley Cup as NHL champion and there is an opportunity for the same to happen this year as the Pittsburgh Penguins meet the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks don’t feature a former BCHL player on their roster, while the Penguins roster has two. Former Westside Warriors defenceman Justin Schultz has skated in nine playoff games for Pittsburgh this year, notching two assists and a +3 rating.


Schultz, who’s from Kelowna, had 25 goals and 66 assists in 105 career BCHL games with the Warriors over parts of three seasons.

Meanwhile, former Penticton Vees forward Beau Bennett has only played one game for Pittsburgh during the playoffs and registered no points with a -2 rating. The 24-year-old has been dealing with an injury and was only cleared to play just over a week ago. Bennett also missed 10 regular season games dating back to early April.

                                          Image: Penticton Vees / The Three Vees Blog

Bennett, from Gardena, California, played only one season in the BCHL with the Vees in 2009-10, putting up 41 goals and 79 assists for 120 points in 56 games. He won the 2010 Interior Conference Rookie of the Year award and the Brett Hull trophy as the BCHL’s top scorer.

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

Hear from Wild Coach Littler, Cents Coach Martin, Vees Bid for 2017 WCC, Trades Start Rolling In, Marshall Commits to Trail, Protopoulos Commits to Powell River:

With the BCHL announcing Wenatchee’s entry into the league on Monday afternoon, I had a chance to catch up with Wild GM and Head Coach Bliss Littler. He touches on the import situation for Wenatchee, in addition to his impressions of the BCHL thus far and recruiting plans for the upcoming season.

With Luke Pierce jumping to the Western Hockey League as Head Coach of the Kootenay Ice, the Merritt Centennials announced the promotion of Joe Martin to GM and Head Coach. I caught up with Joe to talk about the similarities and differences between himself and Luke Pierce, along with what it means to be the head guy for the BCHL’s longest continuously-run franchise.

The Penticton Vees are bidding for the 2017 Western Canada Cup. The tournament is set to return to a BCHL city that year after the Clippers hosted the inaugural event in 2013. Since Nanaimo, the WCC has gone to Fort McMurray, AB in 2014, Dauphin, MB this year, and Estevan, SK next year. “We are in the early stages of the process and will consult with the league during the BCHL’s annual general meeting this week,” said Vees President, GM and Head Coach Fred Harbinson in a Penticton Herald article. “It’s a big financial endeavour to take this on and it will take a huge commitment by everyone. We’ve got the facility, the infrastructure and the fan base to make the event a great success. The economic spin-off for the community would be quite significant.”

Penticton acquired some firepower up front on Tuesday by picking up 19-year-old Chris Gerrie from the Olds Grizzlys of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for 18-year-old defenseman Jarod Hilderman and future considerations. Gerrie, who was the 2013-14 AJHL Rookie of the Year and CJHL Co-Rookie of the Year, had 61 points (25 goals, 36 assists) this past season. The Red Deer, AB is committed to Michigan Tech University for September 2016. Hilderman played two seasons for the Vees and had 14 points (one goal, 13 assists) in 94 career BCHL games. The Kamsack, SK raised his game in the playoffs, notching 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 33 games. Hilderman will attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the fall of 2016.

Penticton also ended speculation of where wunderkinds Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro would play in 2015-16. The Vees put out a release announcing that the two would return to the BCHL with Penticton for the upcoming season. Both are first round WHL Bantam Draft picks and projected to go in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. There is considerable NCAA interest in both players as well. In 2014-15, Jost had 45 points (23 goals, 22 assists) in 46 games with the Vees while Fabbro had 33 points (four goals, 29 assists) in 44 games. In the same release, Penticton confirmed that President, GM and Head Coach Fred Harbinson was committed to staying with the Vees amid speculation on opportunities for him to coach in the NCAA and WHL.

Defenseman Stephen Penner is heading home after being traded by Trail to Prince George for future considerations. The 19-year-old spent half of the 2014-15 season with the Spruce Kings before being traded to the Smoke Eaters in December along with Cooper Leitch for Viktor Dombrovskiy. In 106 career BCHL games with the Spruce Kings and Trail, the Prince George product has 18 points (four goals, 14 assists).

The Trail Smoke Eaters have announced the commitment of goaltender Linden Marshall. The 16-year-old from Victoria, BC spent 2014-15 with the Pacific Coast Academy Prep team. He appeared in 21 games, posting four wins, a 4.42 goals-against-average, a save-percentage of .904 and one shutout.

The Coquitlam Express completed future considerations from a trade back on November 17th. That day, the Express picked up 19-year-old goaltender Chris Tai from the AJHL’s Lloydminster Bobcats for futures. On Monday, it became known that those futures were that Tai return to the Bobcats, so essentially, the Delta, BC native was traded for himself. In 36 games with Coquitlam in 2014-15, Tai had a 19-14-1 record along with a 3.70 goals-against-average and an .899 save percentage. He’s a veteran of two WHL seasons as a back-up.

Forward Chris Protopoulos has committed to the Powell River Kings. The 19-year-old spent the last two seasons playing prep hockey in Quebec with the Dawson College Blues. He notched 41 points (25 goals, 16 assists) in 35 games in 2014-15. In his rookie season, the Verdun, PQ native scored 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in 33 games.

Vees Out at RBC Cup, BC Hockey Releases Junior A Registration Numbers:

2015 RBC CUP
(at Portage la Prairie, MB)
Saturday, May 9: Portage (Host) def. Penticton (West 1) 3-2
Saturday, May 9: Carleton Place (East) def. Soo (Central) 4-0

Sunday, May 10: Penticton (West 1) def. Melfort (West 2) 4-0
Sunday, May 10: Carleton Place (East) def. Portage (Host) 3-0

Monday, May 11: Melfort (West 2) def. Soo (Central) 5-3

Tuesday, May 12: Penticton (West 1) def. Carleton Place (East) 4-3
Tuesday, May 12: Portage (Host) def. Soo (Central) 7-2

Wednesday, May 13: Melfort (West 2) def. Carleton Place (East) 4-3

Thursday, May 14: Penticton (West 1) def. Soo (Central) 5-2
Thursday, May 14: Portage (Host) def. Melfort (West 2) 3-2

Saturday, May 16: Portage (Host) def. Melfort (West 2) 6-1
Saturday, May 16: Carleton Place (East) def. Penticton (West 1)  2-1 (2OT)

Sunday, May 17: Carleton Place (East) vs. Portage (Host) – 5 pm PST

The BC Hockey Annual General Meeting is June 12 – 14 in Sun Peaks, BC. Prior to the meeting, BC Hockey has made a number of documents available for the public to view. One such document is the 2015-16 proposed budget for the organization. A main point I noticed in the budget is membership fees and the fact that they include Hockey Canada insurance and fees. The BCHL’s elimination of two fight rule meant that BC Hockey faced reduced insurance premiums. 

Also as part of the documents, BC Hockey has included its registration numbers from the 2014-15 season. The stats include six year numbers so it’s easy to see how they fluctuate. 80 fewer players were registered to play junior A hockey in BC in 2014-15 than the season before. 

JUNIOR A 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Alberni Valley Bulldogs 32 33 33 40 27 24
Chilliwack Chiefs (includes Quesnel) 35 35 37 26 28 22
Coquitlam Express (includes Burnaby) 33 36 36 40 26 22
Cowichan Capitals 34 39 36 43 27 22
Dawson Creek Rage 0 24 25 0 0 0
Langley Rivermen (includes Chiefs) 32 36 36 40 27 23
Merritt Centennials 30 39 39 25 26 24
Nanaimo Clippers 34 34 38 38 27 22
Penticton Vees 34 35 39 39 27 22
Powell River Kings 27 37 34 33 28 21
Prince George Spruce Kings 34 34 37 37 28 24
Salmon Arm SilverBacks 27 36 36 41 29 23
Surrey Eagles 32 34 35 36 25 21
Trail Smoke Eaters 35 38 37 44 25 22
Vernon Vipers 28 36 39 35 25 22
Victoria Grizzlies 35 39 39 37 34 22
West Kelowna Warriors (includes Westside) 29 34 36 30 28 21
Williams Lake TimberWolves 37 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL JUNIOR A REGISTRATION 548 599 612 584 437 357


Catching Up!

My apologies for the length of today’s post, I’m making up for lost time!
2015 RBC CUP
(at Portage la Prairie, MB)
Saturday, May 9: Portage (Host) def. Penticton (West 1) 3-2
Saturday, May 9: Carleton Place (East) def. Soo (Central) 4-0
Sunday, May 10: Penticton (West 1) def. Melfort (West 2) 4-0
Sunday, May 10: Carleton Place (East) def. Portage (Host) 3-0
Monday, May 11: Melfort (West 2) def. Soo (Central) 5-3
Tuesday, May 12: Penticton (West 1) def. Carleton Place (East) 4-3
Tuesday, May 12: Portage (Host) def. Soo (Central) 7-2
Wednesday, May 13: Melfort (West 2) def. Carleton Place (East) 4-3
Thursday, May 14: Penticton (West 1) def. Soo (Central) 5-2
Thursday, May 14: Portage (Host) def. Melfort (West 2) 3-2
Saturday, May 16: Melfort (West 2) vs. Portage (Host) – 12 pm PST
Saturday, May 16: Penticton (West 1) vs. Carleton Place (East) – 5 pm PST
Sunday, May 17: Championship Game – 5 pm PST

Penticton play-by-play man Fraser Rodgers had BCHL Commissioner John Grisdale on during his broadcast of the Vees-Soo game yesterday at the RBC Cup. During the interview – which is available right here – Grisdale confirms what was reported in this space earlier this month, which is that the Wenatchee Wild will play in the Mainland Division next season. However, Grisdale also mentions that Wenatchee’s division placement will be reviewed following the 2015-16 season. The Wild’s import situation is also clarified in the interview. Basically, Wenatchee is allowed four imports under USA Hockey rules, but the BCHL has allowed the Wild to have a catchment area which consists of Washington, Missouri, California, and Colorado. Any players from those states won’t be considered import players for Wenatchee while any players from the remaining 46 states and Canada will be considered imports.

There’s been a lot of talk over the last few days about the status of the Victoria Grizzlies as their lease agreement with West Shore Parks and Recreation for The Q Centre is up at the end of May. First came word on Wednesday that the situation was ‘dire’ and the Grizzlies may cease operations at the end of the month. Now, after two days of negotiations, it appears things are looking more like the two sides will be able to reach an agreement. Mario Annicchiarico from the Victoria Times-Colonist has more here.

Merritt Centennials defenseman Josh Teves was named the winner of the 2015 RBC National Junior A Scholarship on Thursday. Teves was chosen from 10 finalists – one from each of the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s member leagues – and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. He is just the second winner of the scholarship from the BCHL, Alberni Valley’s Kevin Ross was the first back in 2009. Teves, who played his first BCHL season in 2014-15, led all Centennials’ blueliners in scoring with 33 points (five goals, 28 assists) in 57 regular season games.

A week ago Thursday, the WHL held its annual Bantam Draft. Normally it wouldn’t be that noteworthy for my blog without a BCHL connection, but it turns out there is a BCHL connection. The Victoria Royals selected 18-year-old Penticton defenseman Gabe Bast in the 10th round, 211th overall in the draft. He is the oldest player chosen in this year’s draft – Bast has actually been eligible for it for three years. This season, Bast had 40 points (nine goals, 31 assists) and 38 penalty minutes in 49 games for the Vees. He’s committed the University of North Dakota for 2016-17. The Royals are hoping Bast forgoes his NCAA career to play with his brother Luke, who Victoria selected in the sixth round. I get that the WHL Bantam Draft is for those players who have graduated from bantam, but maybe it’s time to call it the WHL Entry Draft?

The Chilliwack Chiefs will have a new play-by-play voice in 2015-16 after Kraig Krause accepted an offer from York University Athletics in Ontario. His role with York includes play-by-play broadcasting and sports journalism in print, radio and online coverage of Lions hockey, football, basketball and all other varsity sports. Krause will also work towards his Honours BA in Communications. He spent one season in the booth in Chilliwack.

Chilliwack caused a buzz around the BCHL late last week when it committed to eight players who spent half of the 2014-15 season playing for the same team – the Connecticut Wolf Pack. Coming to the Chiefs are 18-year-old goaltender Matteo Esposito, 19-year-old defenseman Zach Giuttari, 19-year-old forwards Vimal Sukumaran, Ben Sharf, and Eric Benshadle, and 18-year-old forwards Kale Kane and Jake Smith. Despite being born in the US, neither Esposito nor Germain will be considered imports for Chilliwack as they hold Canadian citizenship. Giuttari, Benshadle, Sharf, and Smith are considered imports. The BCHL website appears to be a bit inaccurate in stating “Only American-born players are considered imports.” Meanwhile, the CJHL definition is: “No player having Canadian citizenship shall be classified as an import.”

According to Jeff Cox, a writer for the SB Nation College Hockey website, 18-year-old goaltender Max Prawdzik will play for the Trail Smoke Eaters in 2015-16. Prawdzik played US High School hockey for the last four seasons, leading Brooks School to two prep championships. Cox’s article, which contains tidbits about a few other players committed to BCHL teams for the upcoming season, is here.

Defenseman Andy Stevens had committed to the Powell River Kings for 2015-16. Stevens spent 2014-15 with the Western Canadian Junior B champion Campbell River Storm, posting 17 points (two goals, 15 assists) in 40 games. The 17-year-old also had one assist in eight games as an affiliate player with the Kings. Stevens even got into four playoff games with Powell River and had one assist. The Campbell River, BC, native was a fifth round selection, 98th overall, of the Kootenay Ice in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

Forward Jordan Sandhu will play for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in 2015-16 after committing to the team. The 16-year-old spent 2014-15 with the Greater Vancouver Canadians of the BC Major Midget League. He had 27 points (three goals, 24 assists) with the Canadians and no points in one game as an AP with Alberni Valley. He’s also a WHL Bantam Draft pick after being selected by Kelowna in the fourth round, 88th overall last year.

Nanaimo solidified its goaltending for next season with the commitment of 19-year-old netminder Jonathan Reinhart. The Cambridge, ON, played the last two seasons with the junior B Elmira Sugar Kings of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, compiling a 42-9-6 record, a 2.34 goals-against-average, a .925 save percentage and six shutouts in 60 games played.

18-year-old defenseman Brett Stirling committed to the Victoria Grizzlies for 2015-16. Stirling spent the last two seasons with Salisbury School, playing US High School hockey. The Aurora, ON, product had 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 29 games in 2014-15.

According to a number of sources in North Dakota, including the Grand Forks Herald newspaper, University of North Dakota recruits and former East Grand Forks Senior High players Dixon Bowen and Colton Poolman have committed to play for the Penticton Vees next season. Both players spent 2014-15 with the Fargo Force of the US Hockey League. Bowen, a 19-year-old forward, had three points (two goals, one assist) in 15 games with the Force. Poolman, a defenseman, is also 19-years-old. He had ten assists in 46 games with Fargo.

19-year-old Victoria Grizzlies goaltender Sean Cleary has committed to the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, starting in September of this year. The Centerville, MA, native was 7-7-1 in 19 games with the Grizzlies in 2014-15, posting a 3.33 goals-against-average and an .888 save percentage.

Brian and Joseph Drapluk will continue their hockey careers on the same team. The 21-year-old twin brothers have committed to the NCAA Div. III University of Wisconsin-River Falls for 2015-16. Joseph, who’s a forward, finished his two year BCHL career with 74 points (30 goals, 44 assists) in 109 games. Brian, a defenseman, finishes with 26 points (three goals, 23 assists) in 95 games. Both players spent their entire BCHL careers with the Surrey Eagles.

Cowichan Capitals forward Jesse Neher committed to NCAA Div. III SUNY-Plattsburgh for 2015-16. The 21-year-old is a veteran of 226 BCHL games, 82 with Nanaimo and 144 with Cowichan. He had 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 55 games this past season. Neher is the third member of the Caps to commit to college hockey for next season, joining Kyle Horsman (Robert Morris) and Julien Lepage (York).

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. 

(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.


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.