Chiefs and Clippers Strike First in BCHL Second Round, Selkirk College on the Verge of BCIHL Three-peat:



SECOND ROUND DIVISION FINAL MATCH-UPS

INTERIOR DIVISION







March 14 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm
March 15 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm

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

MAINLAND DIVISION







March 13 — Prince George 2 at Chilliwack 3 (1,479)
March 14 — Prince George at Chilliwack – 7 pm

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

ISLAND DIVISION


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

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



FIRST ROUND DIVISION SEMIFINAL MATCH-UPS

INTERIOR DIVISION






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

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







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

ISLAND DIVISION






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

March 10 — Nanaimo 3 at Alberni Valley 4 (1,253)
March 11 — Alberni Valley 1 at Nanaimo 3 (1,629)

 





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

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

MAINLAND DIVISION






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

 





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







Selkirk College can win its third straight BCIHL championship title with a win Saturday against Simon Fraser University. The Saints have a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series after a 3-1 win in Game One on Friday, paced by Ryan Edwards’ hat trick. SFU was only able to muster 15 shots against Selkirk netminder James Prigione. The Clan will try to force a third and deciding game in Game Two. 

BCIHL Championship Final Series

(Saints lead best-of-three series 1-0)
March 13 SFU 1 at Selkirk 3
March 14 — SFU at Selkirk – 7 pm
March 15 — SFU at Selkirk – 3:45 pm

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




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

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

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

SECOND ROUND DIVISION FINAL MATCH-UPS

INTERIOR DIVISION

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

MAINLAND DIVISION

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

FIRST ROUND DIVISION SEMIFINAL MATCH-UPS

INTERIOR DIVISION






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

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







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

ISLAND DIVISION






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

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

 





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

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

MAINLAND DIVISION






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

 





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

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







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

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








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

Most Valuable Player – Silas Matthys, Trinity Western University

Top Defenseman – Dylan Hykawy, University of Victoria

Top Goaltender – Silas Matthys, Trinity Western University

Rookie of the Year – PJ Buys, Trinity Western University

Most Sportsmanlike Player – Luciano Somerville, University of Victoria

Coach of the Year – Barret Kropf, Trinity Western University

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

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

Powell River’s Bus Breaks Down, Langley’s Bo Didur Profiled in The Province, BCHL Alumni Update:

The Powell River Kings road trip through the Interior got even longer today when their bus broke down in Kamloops, on the way back from Salmon Arm. Kings play-by-play man Alex Rawnsley tweeted this photo:
Steve Ewen wrote a great article on Langley Rivermen netminder Bo Didur, who – along with 11 other BCHL players – is off to Oakville, Ontario for the Canadian Junior Hockey League Prospects Game on Tuesday. The article is here.
Forward Denver Manderson (Penticton, 2007-10) has been reassigned to the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL by the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. Manderson, who was the BCHL Interior Division MVP in 2010, has 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 23 games with the Solar Bears this season. He also has one assist in six games with the Marlies.
With the cost of running a junior hockey team continuing to rise, one of the longest running junior A franchises in Western Canada is in danger of folding due to a large financial deficit. The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Weyburn Red Wings face an uphill climb to get out of the hole. Ian Hamilton from the Regina Leader-Post has the story here.

Canada West Posts Shootout Win at WJAC, Warriors Forward Jordan Masters Commits to ASU, Salmon Arm and Powell River Make Trade:







Penticton Vees forward Tyson Jost scored the deciding goal in the shootout as Canada West improved to 0-1-1-0 at the World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan with a 3-2 win over Russia.

BCHL players factored into all the scoring for Canada West as Jost and Demico Hannoun each assisted on Vees teammate Gabe Bast’s goal in the second period. Prince George Spruce Kings defenseman Viktor Dombrovskiy assisted on Jost’s first period marker.

The game summary is available right here.

The standings at the tournament are different from what you may be used to. It counts three points for a regulation win, two points for an overtime/shootout win, one point for an overtime/shootout loss and no points for a regulation loss.

Canada West finishes second in the Group B preliminary round and faces Canada East in one of Wednesday’s quarterfinals. Canada East ends up last in Group A with an 0-1-0-1 record for just one point after a 3-2 loss Tuesday to the United States.

The game is first time Canada West and Canada East have ever met in the quarterfinals at the tournament. Overall, Canada West is 5-0 against its national counterpart.


West Kelowna Warriors forward Jordan Masters has committed to Arizona State University for the 2015-16 season.

ASU just received NCAA Div. I certification last month. 

Masters, from Rochester, New York, has 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 22 games for West Kelowna this season. He played in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game during the 2011-12 season as a member of the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks.

He also originally committed to the University of New Hampshire back in August 2011. The Warriors release on Masters’ commitment to ASU is here.

 








Although there’s a CJHL inter-league moratorium on player transfers until January 1st, there’s no stopping BCHL teams from dealing with each other, as Salmon Arm and Powell River connected on a trade Tuesday afternoon.

The deal sees defenseman Jordan Burns (95) head to the SilverBacks for future considerations. Burns, who’s committed to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for next season, has 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 22 games with the Kings this season.

The move sees Burns head closer to home, as he’s from Vernon. The Salmon Arm side of things on the trade is here, while Powell River’s take is here.


With the BCHL Trade Deadline just under a month away, I’d like to re-introduce the BCHL Trade Tracker to the blog. As usual, stick tap to Gregg Drinnan and his WHL Taking Note blog for the inspiration.

On every post I make between now and January 10th, I’ll summarize any moves to date. In the effort of being accurate, I’ll only post trades I know are complete or are posted in the ‘Transactions’ section of the BCHL website. The Trade Tracker won’t include instances where a team has signed a player as a free agent.

Here’s a list of trades since the December 1st roster deadline:16-Dec-14: Powell River trades D Jordan Burns (95) to Salmon Arm for future considerations


11-Dec-14: Alberni Valley trades D Jeff Rose (96) and future considerations to Drayton Valley for F Eric Therrien (94)
 
11-Dec-14: Trail trades D Sheldon Hubbard (95) to Grande Prairie for future considerations
 
02-Dec-14: Trail trades D Viktor Dombrovskiy (96) to Prince George for D Stephen Penner (95) and F Cooper Leitch (96)
 
02-Dec-14: Prince George trades D Taylor Allan (95) and future considerations to Lloydminster for D Tyler Kunz (94)
 
01-Dec-14: Vernon trades F Branden Wagner (96) to Salmon Arm for future considerations

BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
Trades Made: 6
Trades Made Within BCHL: 3
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 3
Players: 10
Future Considerations: 5





Forward Travis Ouellette (Penticton, 2008-09) was traded in the East Coast Hockey League on Tuesday, going from the Indy Fuel to the Gwinnett Gladiators for forward Bobby Hughes. The 25-year-old from Windsor, Ontario played three games with the Fuel this season, registering no points. The Gladiators release on the deal is here.



Defenseman Jonathan Sigalet (Salmon Arm, 2002-03) left HC Slovan Bratislava in the KHL and has been released by the team. Sigalet, who’s from Vancouver, notched one assist in 38 games with Bratislava this season. No word where he’ll end up. Bratislava tweeted some encouraging words for Sigalet though.


The AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers signed forward Colton Gillies (Surrey AP, 2004-05) after he played the first 25 games of the season on a professional try-out contract. He had three points (one goal, two assists) with the Sound Tigers. The nephew of Islanders great Clark Gillies skated with the Rochester Americans last season. Bridgeport’s release on the signing is here.


Hartford of the AHL has returned goaltender Jeff Malcolm (Quesnel, 2007-09) to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. Malcolm played in one game for the Wolf Pack during his recall, posting a 5-3 victory vs. Worcester Friday night. So far this season in Greenville, the 25-year-old has an 11-4-0 record, a 2.13 goals-against average, a .929 save percentage and one shutout. Hartford’s release is here.

Merritt Blueliner Suspended, Vipers Swing a Pair of Deals, Spruce Kings and Kings Swap Vets:






The Merritt Centennials are without the services of D Jake Clifford (94) for six games after he was handed a suspension by the BCHL for an illegal blow to the head.

Clifford took the penalty late in the third period of Saturday’s 5-1 win over Powell River. The Brecksville, Ohio product sat out Tuesday’s 6-2 win over Chilliwack and is eligible to return to the Cents lineup on Tuesday, November 11 in Trail against the Smoke Eaters.






The Vernon Vipers made two adjustments to their roster on Tuesday. First, they sent D Ryley Booth (96) to Salmon Arm. Booth, who’s from nearby Armstrong, has four points (1-3-4) in ten games with the Snakes this season.

Second, Vipers GM and Head Coach Mark Ferner picked up F Liam Finlay (97) from the Penticton Vees for future considerations. Finlay is already committed to the University of Denver for the 2016-17 season. He has five points (1-4-5) in ten games with the Vees in 2014-15 thus far.

Finlay has a ton of offensive potential, as he averaged nearly 1.5 points-per-game through two seasons with the Okanagan Rockets in the BC Major Midget League. The 17-year-old from Kelowna had 101 points (27-74-101) in just 68 career BCMML games.

The Vipers release on the Booth trade is available here and on the Finlay acquisition here.


The BCHL’s two “regal” teams hooked up on a trade Tuesday as the Powell River Kings and Prince George Spruce Kings swapped veteran players.

The deal sees Powell River receive F Brent Lashuk (94) from the Spruce Kings while Prince George gets F Jarryd Leung (94) from the Kings.

Leung posted ten points (5-5-10) in 14 games with PR this season and Lashuk had the same for PG. However, Leung brings 31 games of playoff experience to the Spruce Kings, which is likely a big reason for Prince George making the move. It’s a deal that I like for both squads.
The Kings’ perspective on the trade is right here.






F Andrew Ebbett (Salmon Arm, 2001-02) was reassigned to the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday last week.

Ebbett was recalled from the Baby Pens a week ago, but didn’t get into any games with Pittsburgh. The Vernon native, who was the BCHL Interior Conference Rookie of the Year in 2002, has four points (1-3-4) in four games with WBS this season.

The Penguins release on Ebbett being sent down is here.

Three BCHL Teams Ranked in Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 Pre-Season Rankings:

I know the validity of these rankings are of great debate among teams, fans, and broadcasters of Canadian Junior Hockey League teams, but regardless, the league is out with its first Top 20 Rankings of the 2014-15 season.

There are three BCHL teams featured in the Top 20 (Penticton Vees – 2nd, Langley Rivermen – 9th, Merritt Centennials – 14th) while one other (Powell River Kings) received an honourable mention.

Here’s the release from the CJHL:

The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) announced its Pre-Season Top 20 rankings for the 2014 – 2015 season. The leagues in which the teams belong to are in parenthesis.

The CJHL Pre-Season 2014-2015 Top 20 Rankings

1.    Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL)

2.    Penticton Vees (BCHL)

3.    Georgetown Raiders (OJHL)

4.    Portage Terriers (MJHL)

5.    Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL)

6.    Drumheller Dragons (AJHL)

7.    Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL)

8.    Yorkton Terriers (SJHL)

9.    Langley Rivermen (BCHL)

10.  Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL)

11.  Woodstock Slammers (MHL)

12.  Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL)

13.  Pembroke Lumber Kings (CCHL)

14.   Merritt Centennials (BCHL)

15.   Aurora Tigers (OJHL)

16.  Truro Bearcats (MHL)

17.  Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL)

18.  Kingston Voyageurs (OJHL)

19.  Selkirk Steelers (MJHL)

20.  Les Pantheres de Saint Jerome (LHJQ)

Other teams to watch and honourable mention goes to the Powell River Kings (BCHL), Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL), Battlefords North Stars (SJHL), Oakville Blades (OJHL), Kemptville 73’s (CCHL),

The pre-season rankings are based upon a variety of factors which includes the league in which the teams belong to, last season’s results in regular season and playoffs as well as initial recruiting efforts for the upcoming season. The first in-season Top 20 CJHL Weekly Rankings will be announced on September 30, 2014

Powell River Kings – Eligible Returnees & Graduating Players:

Graduating Players
Matt Scarth (College of the Holy Cross)
Ryan Scarfo (Union College)
Luke Nogard (University of Nebraska-Omaha)
Drew Dorantes (Ferris State University)
Brian Rideout (University of Nebraska-Omaha)
Luke Ripley (University of Notre Dame)
Jeff Smith (University of Massachusetts-Lowell)
Aidan Wright (overage)
Kyle Chatham (overage)

Eligible Returnees
(* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 7 defensemen)

Forwards
Jarryd Leung (94)
Stephen Hiff (94)
J.J. Coleshaw (94)
Lucas Grayson (94)
Kurt Keats (95)
Jarid Lukosevicius (95)
Brendyn Smith (95)
Curtis McCarrick (96)
Luke McCaw (96)
*
*
*
*

Defensemen
Jordan Burns (95)
Jeremy Leclerc (95)
Cole Acuri (96)
*
*
*
*

Goaltenders
Jonah Imoo (94)
*

2013-14 BCHL Regular Season Award Winners Announced:

On the eve of the 2014 Fred Page Cup playoffs, the BCHL has announced the regular season award winners.

Here’s the release from the league:

The votes are in and the BCHL is announcing the league award winners for the 2013-14 season. With the three-division alignment the league is in this season, there was one winner chosen per award league-wide as opposed to one from each conference as in previous seasons.

The winners were chosen after a poll of the league’s head coaches and play-by-play broadcasters.

Vern Dye Memorial Trophy – Most Valuable Player:
Landon Smith, forward, Salmon Arm SilverBacks

Bruce Allison Memorial Trophy – Rookie of the Year:
Danton Heinen, forward, Surrey Eagles

Defensive Award – Top Defenceman:
Brett Beauvais, Penticton Vees

Bob Fenton Trophy – Most Sportsmanlike Player
Danton Heinen, forward, Surrey Eagles

Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy – Coach of the Year
Bobby Henderson, Langley Rivermen

Non-voting awards:
Brett Hull Trophy – Top Scorer (tie):
Landon Smith, Salmon Arm SilverBacks (43 G, 40 A, 83 points)
Myles Fitzgerald, Victoria Grizzlies (27 G, 56 A, 83 points)

Goaltending Award (Lowest GAA of all goalies with 1,000 minutes played):
Jeff Smith, Powell River Kings – 2.25 GAA

Wally Forslund Trophy (Goalie duo with lowest-combined GAA)
Olivier Mantha and Hunter Miska, Penticton Vees – 2.27 GAA combined

Six BCHL Alumni to Take Part in 2014 Beanpot Championship Game:

The 62nd annual Beanpot started yesterday at the TD Garden involving the four NCAA teams in the Boston geographic area.
The schools taking part are Boston College, Northeastern University, Harvard University and Boston University. NU and BC both won their semifinal games to advance to this Monday’s championship final.
Six BCHL alumni are featured in the final game, four on Boston College and two on Northeastern University.

Follow along with the tournament here: http://www.beanpothockey.com/indexmen.html
Boston College

Isaac MacLeod (Penticton)

Destry Straight (Coquitlam)
Peter McMullen (Langley)
Evan Richardson (Powell River)

Northeastern University
 

Josh Manson (Salmon Arm)
Braden Pimm (Vernon)

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)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=101615To Winnipeg Blues:
F Matt Dupont (93)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=62631D Jordan Paddock (93)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=64933F Landon Robin (94)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=84455+ 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.