PG loses Wornig to injury and signs Anagnostopoulos, Powell River releases Raffler to junior B:

Photo credit: Prince George Spruce Kings/EnsLens Photography













The Prince George Spruce Kings were faced to make a move in goal with word that veteran Stefan Wornig is out for the season with muscle cramps. Wornig hasn’t played a game for PG since the beginning of November after amassing a 6-6-2 record with a 2.76 GAA, a .908 save percentage and one shutout this season.

The 19-year-old from Surrey, BC came to the Spruce Kings in the off-season after two years with Powell River. His BCHL career record is 17-28-2 with a 3.22 GAA, a .905 save percentage, and two shutouts. Wornig has been placed on long-term injury reserve by Prince George.

Photo credit: Kamloops This Week

















To fill the void left by Wornig’s absence, the Spruce Kings have signed Aris Anagnostopoulos from the junior B Kamloops Storm. The 18-year-old was an affiliate player for PG this season, playing 9:04 in a game against Salmon Arm on November 26th. He made five saves and didn’t give up a goal. This season in the KIJHL, the Kelowna, BC product is 7-7-1 with a 2.63 GAA and a .916 save percentage along with two shutouts.

Photo credit: Ben Raffler/Twitter


















Powell River has released defenceman Ben Raffler after acquiring Matthew Cairns via trade from Georgetown of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. 

The 18-year-old Raffler skated in 18 games with the Kings this season, putting up three assists. The Burnaby, BC product had his junior B rights traded from Comox Valley to Campbell River in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League in November, and he’ll join the Storm now after being released by Powell River.

Photo credit: Keystone/TI-Press/Gabriele Putzu


















Forward Andrew Ebbett (Salmon Arm, 2001-02) has signed a two-year contract extension with Bern of the Swiss League. The Vernon, BC native has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 18 games with Bern this season, his second with the club. He recently tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) for Team Canada as it captured the 90th Spengler Cup. The 34-year-old is a veteran of 224 career NHL games with Anaheim, Chicago, Minnesota, Phoenix, Vancouver, and Pittsburgh.

Photo credit: Vancouver Canucks/Facebook













Goaltender Michael Garteig (Quesnel AP/Powell River/Penticton, 2008-12) is on his way back to the ECHL after being assigned to the Alaska Aces by the AHL’s Utica Comets. In four games for the Comets this season, the Prince George, BC product has a record of 0-1-1, a goals against average of 2.85, and a save percentage of .907. The 25-year-old has played eight games this season for the Aces, with a record of 7-1-0, a 2.35 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.

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


BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
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.

Top 20 BCHL Under-19 Leading Scorers:

Image: BCHL/Twitter

Name
Team
GP
G
A
PTS
PPG
PIM
1.
Cameron Donaldson
Powell River
37
23
21
44
1.19
10
2.
Cameron Ginnetti
Langley
35
5
35
40
1.14
14
3.
Kohen Olischefski
Chilliwack
35
11
28
39
1.11
34
4.
Grant Cruikshank
Penticton
35
23
11
34
0.97
14
5.
Desi Burgart
Surrey
31
12
18
30
0.97
4
6.
Jeffrey Stewart
Surrey
29
11
17
28
0.97
16
7.
Ty Amonte
Penticton
35
11
17
28
0.80
22
8.
Brett Stapley
Vernon
30
6
22
28
0.93
20
9.
Zach Risteau
Merritt
30
16
11
27
0.90
12
10.
Ashton Calder
Surrey
29
12
15
27
0.93
28
11.
Michael Regush
Merritt
31
12
15
27
0.87
4
12.
Ross Armour
Trail
27
8
19
27
1.00
24
13.
Ethan De Jong
Prince George
33
5
22
27
0.82
6
14.
Tristan Crozier
Nanaimo
36
10
16
26
0.72
17
15.
Carter Turnbull
Powell River
31
12
13
25
0.81
20
16.
Jagger Williamson
Vernon
28
6
19
25
0.89
14
17.
Andre Ghantous
Trail
36
2
23
25
0.69
10
18.
Jamieson Rome
Victoria
36
14
10
24
0.67
38
19.
Brendan Budy
Langley
33
9
15
24
0.73
26
20.
Keyvan Mokhtari
Victoria
33
13
10
23
0.70
22

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

Kings Sign Rauser, Van Der Gulik and Manchester Win AHL Title:








Powell River signed another forward for 2015-16, bringing Gavin Rauser into the fold. The 18-year-old spent 2014-15 with the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Campbell River Storm and scored 46 points (18 goals, 28 assists) in 40 games. He also played seven games with Powell River as an affiliate, notching one assist. Rauser hails from Campbell River, BC.








Forward David Van Der Gulik (Chilliwack, 1999-2002) and his Manchester Monarchs beat the Utica Comets 2-1 to claim the 2015 Calder Cup title as AHL champions. The 32-year-old from Abbotsford, BC had nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 13 playoff games for the Monarchs. Van Der Gulik was the 2001 BCHL Coastal Conference Rookie of the Year after putting up 80 points (42 goals, 38 assists) in 60 games. The championship is the first and last in franchise history for Manchester as the Monarchs move to Ontario, CA next season.

Kings and Clippers Going to Game Seven, Vipers Take 3-2 Lead Over Vees, BCHL Alumni Update:




 


SECOND ROUND DIVISION FINAL MATCH-UPS
INTERIOR DIVISION






 

(Vernon leads best of 7 series 3-2)
March 14 — Vernon 3 at Penticton 4 (OT) (2,217)
March 15 — Vernon 2 at Penticton 5 (1,972)
March 17 — Penticton 2 at Vernon 5 (1,777)
March 18 — Penticton 2 at Vernon 5 (2,027)
March 20 — Vernon 4 at Penticton 3 (2OT) (2,747)
March 21 — Penticton at Vernon – 6 pm 
x-March 22 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm

MAINLAND DIVISION





 
(Chilliwack wins best of 7 series 4-0) 
March 13 — Prince George 2 at Chilliwack 3 (1,479)
March 14 — Prince George 1 at Chilliwack 8 (1,509)
March 16 — Chilliwack 4 at Prince George 3 (1,076)
March 17 — Chilliwack 4 at Prince George 3 (892)

ISLAND DIVISION





 

(Best of 7 series tied 3-3)
March 13 — Powell River 2 at Nanaimo 4 (1,096)
March 14 — Powell River 1 at Nanaimo 2 (1,096)
March 16 — Nanaimo 1 at Powell River 2 (624)
March 17 — Nanaimo 1 at Powell River 2 (694)
March 19 — Powell River 1 at Nanaimo 2 (1,041)
March 20 — Nanaimo 2 at Powell River 4 (842)
March 22 — Powell River at Nanaimo – 7 pm








Defenseman Stefan Gonzales (Westside AP, Burnaby, Quesnel, Chilliwack, Victoria, 2008-12) has committed to MacEwan University for this September. The 22-year-old from Surrey played the last two seasons with Selkirk College of the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League, helping the Saints to back-to-back championships. He had 21 points (7 goals, 14 assists) in 24 games with Selkirk in 2014-15.



Forward Cam Reid (Victoria, Westside, 2007-10) has been loaned to the Adirondack Flames of the AHL by the ECHL’s Reading Royals. This is the second trip this season to the AHL for Reid. In mid-February, he played two games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, scoring a goal while racking up 14 penalty minutes. This season with Reading, the Delta, BC, product has 59 points (25 goals, 34 assists) in 59 games.



Forward Andrew Cherniwchan (Nanaimo, 2007-08) signed a standard player contract with the Providence Bruins of the AHL. He signed a pro try-out with Providence back in December, playing 26 games with the Bruins in which he posted ten points (four goals, six assists). The 25-year-old from Hinton, AB, also has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 11 games with South Carolina of the ECHL.

Clippers Take 3-2 Lead Over Kings, Three BCHL Alumni Up for Hobey Baker, Former Bulldog Morrison Signs with Calgary:



 
SECOND ROUND DIVISION FINAL MATCH-UPS
INTERIOR DIVISION






 
(Best of 7 series tied 2-2)
March 14 — Vernon 3 at Penticton 4 (OT) (2,217)
March 15 — Vernon 2 at Penticton 5 (1,972)
March 17 — Penticton 2 at Vernon 5 (1,777)
March 18 — Penticton 2 at Vernon 5 (2,027)
March 20 — Vernon at Penticton – 7 pm
March 21 — Penticton at Vernon – 6 pm 
x-March 22 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm

MAINLAND DIVISION





 
(Chilliwack wins best of 7 series 4-0) 
March 13 — Prince George 2 at Chilliwack 3 (1,479)
March 14 — Prince George 1 at Chilliwack 8 (1,509)
March 16 — Chilliwack 4 at Prince George 3 (1,076)
March 17 — Chilliwack 4 at Prince George 3 (892)

ISLAND DIVISION





 
(Nanaimo leads best of 7 series 3-2)
March 13 — Powell River 2 at Nanaimo 4 (1,096)
March 14 — Powell River 1 at Nanaimo 2 (1,096)
March 16 — Nanaimo 1 at Powell River 2 (624)
March 17 — Nanaimo 1 at Powell River 2 (694)
March 19 — Powell River 1 at Nanaimo 2 (1,041)
March 20 — Nanaimo at Powell River – 7:15 pm
x-March 22 — Powell River at Nanaimo – 7 pm

Three BCHL alumni are among the Top 10 Finalists for college hockey’s biggest award. Forward Matt Garbowsky (Powell River, 2009-11) from RIT, defenseman Joey Laleggia (Penticton, 2009-11) from the University of Denver, and defenseman Mike Reilly (Penticton, 2011-12) from the University of Minnesota are all among the remaining ten players in the running for the Hobey Baker Award. The winner will be announced next month. The official release on the Top 10 Finalists is here.

Defenseman Kenney Morrison (Alberni Valley, 2010-11) signed with the Calgary Flames as a college free agent on Thursday. The Lloydminster, Alberta product had 15 points (five goals, ten assists) in 37 games this season, his third with Western Michigan University. The Flames release on the signing is here.  



Forward Massimo Lamacchia (Victoria, Coquitlam, 2009-11) has signed an amateur try-out contract with the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. The 23-year-old from Vaughan, Ontario played the last four seasons with Brown University. He had 11 points (one goal, ten assists) in 31 games this season.



Defenseman Brandon Manning (Prince George, 2007-08) was loaned by the Philadelphia Flyers to Lehigh Valley of the AHL. The Prince George native has one assist in four games with the Flyers this season along with 42 points (ten goals, 32 assists) with the Phantoms.



Forward Denver Manderson (Penticton, 2007-10) has been recalled to the AHL by the Toronto Marlies from the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL. The 2010 BCHL Interior MVP has one assist in six games with the Marlies this season. He also has 49 points (18 goals, 31 assists) in 51 games with Orlando.

Chiefs Advance to BCHL Double Round Robin, Vipers Cut Vees Lead to 2-1, Kings Tie Series vs. Clippers, Grizzlies Emilio Commits to Colorado College:



 
SECOND ROUND DIVISION FINAL MATCH-UPS
INTERIOR DIVISION






 
(Penticton leads best of 7 series 2-1)
March 14 — Vernon 3 at Penticton 4 (OT) (2,217)
March 15 — Vernon 2 at Penticton 5 (1,972)
March 17 — Penticton 2 at Vernon 5 (1,777)
March 18 — Penticton at Vernon – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Vernon at Penticton – 7 pm
x-March 21 — Penticton at Vernon – 6 pm 
x-March 22 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm

MAINLAND DIVISION





 
(Chilliwack wins best of 7 series 4-0) 
March 13 — Prince George 2 at Chilliwack 3 (1,479)
March 14 — Prince George 1 at Chilliwack 8 (1,509)
March 16 — Chilliwack 4 at Prince George 3 (1,076)
March 17 — Chilliwack 4 at Prince George 3 (892)

ISLAND DIVISION





 
(Best of 7 series 2-2)
March 13 — Powell River 2 at Nanaimo 4 (1,096)
March 14 — Powell River 1 at Nanaimo 2 (1,096)
March 16 — Nanaimo 1 at Powell River 2 (624)
March 17 — Nanaimo 1 at Powell River 2 (694)
March 19 — Powell River at Nanaimo – 7 pm
March 20 — Nanaimo at Powell River – 7:15 pm
x-March 22 — Powell River at Nanaimo – 7 pm
 






Victoria Grizzlies defenseman Jake Emilio has secured his post-BCHL playing career. The 21-year-old from Kleinburg, Ontario will attend Colorado College starting this September. Emilio was acquired by the Grizzlies from Vernon in October, after playing seven games with the Vipers. He finished the season with 31 points (nine goals, 22 assists) in 49 games.

Defenseman Scott Ford (Merritt, 1997-2000) has signed a professional try-out with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League. Ford played 40 games this season with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL, posting five points (one goal, four assists). The 35-year-old is a veteran of 366 games with Milwaukee, playing parts of the past six seasons with the Admirals, including two as team captain.

Chiefs Take 3-0 Series Lead vs. PG, Kings Cut Clippers Lead in Half, BCHL Mourns Loss of Former Coach, Clippers Defenseman Gushue Commits to ASU:



 
SECOND ROUND DIVISION FINAL MATCH-UPS
INTERIOR DIVISION






 
(Penticton leads best of 7 series 2-0)
March 14 — Vernon 3 at Penticton 4 (OT) (2,217)
March 15 — Vernon 2 at Penticton 5 (1,972)
March 17 — Penticton at Vernon – 7 pm
March 18 — Penticton at Vernon – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Vernon at Penticton – 7 pm
x-March 21 — Penticton at Vernon – 6 pm 
x-March 22 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm

MAINLAND DIVISION





 
(Chilliwack leads best of 7 series 3-0) 
March 13 — Prince George 2 at Chilliwack 3 (1,479)
March 14 — Prince George 1 at Chilliwack 8 (1,509)
March 16 — Chilliwack 4 at Prince George 3 (1,076)
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

ISLAND DIVISION





 
(Nanaimo leads best of 7 series 2-1)
March 13 — Powell River 2 at Nanaimo 4 (1,096)
March 14 — Powell River 1 at Nanaimo 2 (1,096)
March 16 — Nanaimo 1 at Powell River 2 (624)
March 17 — Nanaimo at Powell River – 7 pm
x-March 19 — Powell River at Nanaimo – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Nanaimo at Powell River – 7:15 pm
x-March 22 — Powell River at Nanaimo – 7 pm
The BCHL community is mourning the loss of former head coach Dale Marquette. He was only 47-years-old. Marquette, who coached the Prince George Spruce Kings when they were in the old Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League, also coached the Quesnel Millionaires to a 25-25-10 record and an appearance in the Interior Conference semifinals during the 2000-01 BCHL season. Hartley Miller, who is Sports Director at 94.3 The Goat in Prince George, has more here.
 






Nanaimo Clippers defenseman Nicholas Gushue has committed to Arizona State University for this coming September. The 20-year-old had 35 points (eight goals, 27 assists) in 58 games with the Clips this season. Gushue, a veteran of 182 BCHL games, is the fifth player from the league to commit to the Sun Devils for the 2015-16 season.

Selkirk Wins Third Straight BCIHL Title, Vees Strike First in Interior Final, Clippers & Chiefs Have 2-0 Series Leads, BCHL Alumni Featured in THN Future Watch:

Selkirk College became the first team in BC Intercollegiate Hockey League history to win three straight championships Saturday night in Castlegar. The Saints took Game Two of the championship final 4-2 to sweep the best-of-three series against Simon Fraser University.
Selkirk’s win sees Lucas Hildebrand, Clayton McEwan, Jackson Garrett, Thomas Hardy, Logan Proulx, and Mason Spear, along with Head Coach Alex Evin, each win their third career BCIHL title as they’ve all been with the Saints since their first win in 2013. 
With the loss, the BCIHL careers of SFU players Jono Ceci, Nick Sandor, Tyler Mah, Andrew Parent, Taylor Piller, Mike Ball, Jared Eng and Trent Murdoch came to end, which should usher in a new era for Clan hockey this September. Ceci ends his career as the second all-time scorer in BCIHL history, with 147 points (57 goals, 90 assists) in 86 games played. 
BCIHL Championship Final Series (Saints win best-of-three series 2-0) 
March 13 — SFU 1 at Selkirk 3 
March 14 — SFU 2 at Selkirk 4








The Nanaimo Clippers and Chilliwack Chiefs both used home ice advantage to a ‘T’ in their respective series against Powell River and Prince George.

The Clippers scored twice in the first period and held on for a 2-1 win over the Kings to take a 2-0 series lead in the Island Division Final. Jacob Hanlon and Anthony Rinaldi each notched unassisted goals for Nanaimo in the win and Guillaume Decelles kicked out 34 shots to get the victory.

The Chiefs built a 3-0 lead before the game was 18 minutes old and cruised to an 8-1 win against the Spruce Kings to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Mainland Division Final. All but six Chilliwack skaters got on the scoresheet, including multiple point performances from Vince Desharnais, Craig Puffer, Jake Hand, Mason Boh, Tipper Higgins and Jordan Kawaguchi.

The Penticton Vees coughed up a 2-0 first period lead and needed double overtime to beat Vernon 4-3 to nab a 1-0 lead in the Interior Division Final. Dante Fabbro scored a pair for the Vees, including a goal in the second which made it 3-1 for Penticton. Thomas Aldworth beat Hunter Miska with one second left in the second to bring Vernon within one, and then he tied the game nine minutes into the third period. After a scoreless first OT, Connor Chartier tipped in a Miles Gendron shot to give the Vees the win.


SECOND ROUND DIVISION FINAL MATCH-UPS

INTERIOR DIVISION







March 14 — Vernon 3 at Penticton 4 (OT) (2,217)
March 15 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm

March 17 — Penticton at Vernon – 7 pm
March 18 — Penticton at Vernon – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Vernon at Penticton – 7 pm
x-March 21 — Penticton at Vernon – 6 pm 
x-March 22 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm

MAINLAND DIVISION






 

(Chilliwack leads best of 7 series 2-0) March 13 — Prince George 2 at Chilliwack 3 (1,479)
March 14 — Prince George 1 at Chilliwack 8 (1,509)

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

ISLAND DIVISION







(Nanaimo leads best of 7 series 2-0)
March 13 — Powell River 2 at Nanaimo 4 (1,096)
March 14 — Powell River 1 at Nanaimo 2 (1,096)

March 16 — Nanaimo at Powell River – 7 pm
March 17 — Nanaimo at Powell River – 7 pm
x-March 19 — Powell River at Nanaimo – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Nanaimo at Powell River – 7:15 pm
x-March 22 — Powell River at Nanaimo – 7 pm






The 2015 Future Watch issue from The Hockey News features seven former BCHL players. The issue, which features Winnipeg Jets young stars Jacob Trouba, Mark Scheifele, and Nikolaj Ehlers on the cover, is available now. 

Defenseman Kenney Morrison (Alberni Valley, 2010-11) and forward Casey Bailey (Alberni Valley, 2009-11) are named as two of the top five college free agents that NHL teams are looking at.

Forward Colton Sissons (West Kelowna, 2009-10) is listed as Nashville’s third best prospect, goaltender Laurent Brossoit (Cowichan, 2009-10) is Edmonton’s third best prospect, and forward Jujhar Khaira (Prince George, 2010-12) is listed as the Oilers fifth best prospect.

THN rates forward Mario Lucia (Penticton, 2011-12) as Minnesota’s sixth best prospect and defenseman Mike Reilly (Penticton, 2011-12) as Columbus’ seventh best prospect.

  

Forward Alexander MacMillan (Merritt, 2008-11) signed an amateur try-out contract with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. MacMillan just wrapped up a four year NCAA career with American International College, posting 79 points (36 goals, 43 assists) in 118 games. The Calgary product is nominated for college hockey’s top individual honour, the Hobey Baker Award