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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

2016-17 Prince George Spruce Kings Season Preview:

Prince George Spruce Kings
Head Coach: Chad Van Diemen (2nd year)
2015-16 record: 14-38-4-2, 34 points (5th in the Mainland Division)
2015-16 leading scorer: Matthew Stief (43 points)
2016-17 leading returning scorer: Kyle Johnson (41 points)
2016 playoffs: Did Not Qualify
2016-17 Division: Mainland
First regular season game: Friday, September 9 vs. Merritt
Home opener: Friday, September 9 vs. Merritt
Twitter: @SpruceKings

Prince George Trades Connor Logan to SJHL Battlefords:


The Prince George Spruce Kings acquired future considerations from the Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for 19-year-old forward Connor Logan on Monday.

Logan, a Victoria native who turns 20 on June 21st, had 19 points (9-10-19) in 53 games with the Spruce Kings this season as a rookie. He’s a veteran of 134 games in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, posting 160 (58-102-160) over three seasons. 

Logan made his junior A debut with Powell River in 2014-15, getting into eight games as an affiliate player and posting one assist. He also played two games with the Kings in the 2015 BCHL Fred Page Cup playoffs.

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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

Spruce Kings Bring Logan Aboard, Rumpel and Allen Win ECHL Kelly Cup Title:








Another member of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League champion Campbell River Storm moves up to the BCHL with news that forward Connor Logan has signed with the Prince George Spruce Kings. The 18-year-old played 36 games with the Storm in 2014-15, scoring 60 points (23 goals, 37 assists). He also had four points (two goals, two assists) with the Peninsula Panthers before being traded to Campbell River. Logan got into eight games with Powell River as an affiliate player and had one assist. He skated in two playoff games with the Kings, but didn’t register a point. In 134 career junior B games with the Storm and Panthers, the Victoria, BC product has 160 points (58 goals, 102 assists).








The Allen Americans claimed the 2015 ECHL title on Sunday with a 6-1 win over the South Carolina Stingrays in Game 7 of the Kelly Cup Finals. Goaltender Joel Rumpel (Penticton, 2009-11) is the lone former BCHL player on the Americans roster. Rumpel played seven games for Allen in the ECHL playoffs, finishing with a 2.94 goals-against-average and an .880 save percentage. Forward Tyler Barr (Burnaby AP, Langley AP, Merritt, 2005-09) was loaned to the Americans by the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Louisiana IceGators and played 16 regular season games with Allen, but didn’t get into any playoff games. The Kelly Cup win is the third straight league title for the Americans. They won the President’s Cup in the Central Hockey League in 2013 and 2014 before the league folded prior to the 2014-15 season.

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. 

2015 WESTERN CANADA CUP
(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.


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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.

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PG Set to Make a Major Announcement, Aldworth Commits to Quinnipiac:







The Prince George Spruce Kings have scheduled a media conference for this Friday at 9 am in the lobby of the Prince George Coliseum for what the team calls a “major announcement”. There’s no confirmation, but it’s expected that GM Mike Hawes will unveil the Spruce Kings’ new head coach. Former coach Dave Dupas stepped down from PG last month. Hawes had indicated that the team would prefer to have Dupas’ replacement hired prior to the Spruce Kings Spring Camp, which starts immediately following the media conference.








Vernon Vipers forward Thomas Aldworth committed to Quinnipiac University for this September. The 19-year-old had previously committed to Providence in 2012 while with Cushing Academy. Aldworth had 56 points (37 goals, 19 assists) in 57 games this season with the Vipers as a first year BCHL player. He added eight points (four goals, four assists) in 11 playoff games in Vernon.







Defenseman Kevin Noble (Alberni Valley, Quesnel, Nanaimo, 2005-08) has signed a professional tryout with the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons. The Sparwood, BC, native played 56 games with the Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL this season, posting 16 points (one goal, 15 assists).



Forward Mike Ouellette (Merritt, 2000-02) won be back with EHC Linz of the Austrian League. Ouellette, who’s from Kamloops, BC, had 20 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 39 games with Linz in 2014-15. He joined the team on a tryout in November, and earned a contract for the remainder of the season back in January.



Forward Alexander MacMillan (Merritt, 2008-11) has been released from his professional tryout with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL. In six games with the Admirals, the Calgary native registered no points. He’ll rejoin the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies, where he has two assists in five games this season.



Forward Taylor Stefishen (Langley, 2006-08) signed a professional tryout with the Adirondack Flames of the AHL. The North Vancouver, BC product has 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) in 48 games with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL this season. Stefishen also had one assist in four games with the AHL’s Texas Stars after signing a PTO with them in December.

Vees Force Game Seven vs. Vipers, Spruce Kings Coach Steps Down, VIJHL Sniper Commits to PR, Former Bulldog Signs in TO:




 


SECOND ROUND DIVISION FINAL MATCH-UPS
INTERIOR DIVISION






 

(Best of 7 series tied 3-3)
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 5 at Vernon 1 (3,196)
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

The Prince George Spruce Kings are in the market for a new Head Coach after Dave Dupas tendered his resignation. Dupas is leaving PG due to family reasons. The 53-year-old’s wife and two kids remained at their home in West Kelowna while he coached the Spruce Kings. In a release on Facebook, the teams says that Dupas felt it was important to be closer to his family. In the same release, Spruce Kings GM Mike Hawes states “I have some potential replacements in mind and I’m going to make some calls over the next few days and have some conversations with guys that I feel would be a good fit. We’re in no rush to fill the spot but that being said I would like to fill the vacancy sooner than later so that the new coach can be heavily involved in the recruiting and building of next season’s team.” During his four and a half seasons with Prince George, Dupas coached the Spruce Kings to a 124-105-9-24 record along with a playoff spot in each of the last four years.








The Powell River Kings announced the commitment of 16-year-old forward Carter Turnbull for the 2015-16 season. Turnbull skated with the junior B Nanaimo Buccaneers this season, posting 71 points (31 goals, 40 assists) in 44 games. He added seven points (three goals, four assists) in five playoff games with the Bucs. The Nanaimo native played one game with the Kings as an affiliate player as well as four with Cowichan. He had no points in the lone game with PR, but did have a goal and an assist with the Capitals.


Forward Casey Bailey (Alberni Valley, 2009-11) signed a two-year entry level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday as a college free agent. Bailey, who’s from Anchorage, AK, had 40 points (22 goals, 18 assists) in 36 regular season games this season with Penn State University. In 96 career games at Penn State, Bailey posted 80 points (45 goals, 35 assists).

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.