2017 Roster Deadline Coverage:


The Canadian Junior Hockey League and BC Hockey League trade/roster deadline arrives today at 6 pm PST for transactions between teams in different leagues (i.e. BCHL to MJHL) and at 8 pm PST for moves made within the BCHL. The deadline for teams to have their roster completely set is 11:59 pm PST.

For the most current confirmed transactions, follow me on Twitter at @Brian_Wiebe.

I’ll have a full breakdown of all roster moves here on the blog tomorrow.

BCHL Roster Numbers Heading into January 10th Roster Deadline:


With the Hockey Canada roster deadline and BCHL transfer deadline just over a week away, I’ve calculated each BCHL team’s number of roster players, number of 20-year-olds (or 1996-born) and number of imports. 

These numbers may change in the next eight days, but this is where they stand right now. The Canadian Junior Hockey League had a transfer freeze which was lifted on January 1st.

Teams are allowed 22 players overall on their roster, of which no more than six can be 1996-born players and no more than six can be import players. Only American-born players are considered imports. 

Wenatchee has a completely different set of rules when it comes to what’s considered a domestic player and what’s an import. Players not considered imports for the Wild are those from Washington State, California, Colorado, and Missouri.

For teams with players on injured reserve, they are allowed to fill an injured player’s roster spot with another player, even it puts the team over the roster limit of 22.

This should show what some teams are able to add or subtract when the deadline arrives. All numbers for roster size, 20-year-olds and imports are calculated as currently shown on the BCHL website. As always, any corrections and comments are welcome.

Alberni Valley (11-18-5-2)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 4
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 2
Number of imports: 5
Number of imports able to add: 1
Number of players on injured reserve: 0

Chilliwack (24-9-5-0)
Number of players: 21
Number of players able to add: 1
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0
Number of players on injured reserve: 0

Coquitlam (6-29-1-2)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 4
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 2
Number of imports: 2
Number of imports able to add: 4
Number of players on injured reserve: 2

Cowichan Valley (19-15-2-2)
Number of players: 23
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 5
Number of imports able to add: 1
Number of players on injured reserve: 2

Langley (16-14-5-2)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 4
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 2
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0
Number of players on injured reserve: 0

Merritt (13-15-7-2)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0
Number of players on injured reserve: 1

Nanaimo (14-19-5-1)
Number of players: 21
Number of players able to add: 1
Number of 20-year-olds: 5
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 1
Number of imports: 5
Number of imports able to add: 1
Number of players on injured reserve: 1

Penticton (29-6-1-0)
Number of players: 23
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 5
Number of imports able to add: 1
Number of players on injured reserve: 1

Powell River (22-16-1-0)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 2
Number of imports able to add: 4
Number of players on injured reserve: 0

Prince George (18-14-2-2)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 5
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 1
Number of imports: 5
Number of imports able to add: 1
Number of players on injured reserve: 0

Salmon Arm (15-20-2-1)
Number of players: 23
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 5
Number of imports able to add: 1
Number of players on injured reserve: 1

Surrey (14-21-2-0)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0
Number of players on injured reserve: 0

Trail (17-17-4-0)
Number of players: 23
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 2
Number of imports able to add: 4
Number of players on injured reserve: 1

Vernon (20-13-3-2)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 5
Number of imports able to add: 1
Number of players on injured reserve: 0

Victoria (24-6-3-4)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 3
Number of imports able to add: 3
Number of players on injured reserve: 1

Wenatchee (28-6-4-0)
Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0
Number of players on injured reserve: 0

West Kelowna (18-17-1-0)
Number of players: 20
Number of players able to add: 2
Number of 20-year-olds: 5
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 1
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0

Here’s a list of trades since the December 1st roster deadline:

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: 5
Trades Made Within BCHL: 3
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 2
Players: 6
Future Considerations: 5
Forwards: 3
Defencemen: 2
Goaltenders: 1
1996-born: 1
1997-born: 2
1998-born: 2
1999-born: 0
2000-born: 1

2015-16 BCHL Trade Deadline Review:


The BCHL and Hockey Canada roster deadline came and went on Sunday night and when the dust settled, it proved to be one of the busier deadlines in recent memory.

In total, the day saw ten trades and three signings made involving eleven of the BCHL’s 17 teams. Langley, Penticton, Surrey, Trail, Wenatchee, and West Kelowna were the only clubs that didn’t make a move on January 10th. Chilliwack, Powell River, and Prince George were the busiest teams, each making two trades and one signing. 

The age of players who were traded breaks down like this: 1995-born (3), 1996-born (5), and 1997-born (5).



West Kelowna defenceman Scott Allan (96) was traded on deadline day, but it was his Western Hockey League rights on the move from Lethbridge to Calgary for a seventh round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. Allan has played 93 career WHL games with Medicine Hat, Seattle, and Lethbridge. The Hitmen release announcing the trade states that Allan will stay in the BCHL with the Warriors.


BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
Trades Made: 23
Trades Made Within BCHL: 13
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 10
Players: 30
Future Considerations: 23


10-Jan-16: Vernon trades D Griffin James (97) to Burlington (OJHL) for future considerations

10-Jan-16: Powell River trades F Jeremey Leipsic (97) to Portage (MJHL) for future considerations

10-Jan-16: Powell River trades D Colton Sandberg (97) and future considerations to Prince George for D Adam Brubacher (95)

10-Jan-16: Powell River signs D Brandon Kennedy (97) from Moose Jaw (WHL)

10-Jan-16: Prince George trades F Corey Hoffman (96) to Cowichan for future considerations

10-Jan-16: Prince George signs F Dante Raposo (97) from junior B Kamloops (KIJHL)

10-Jan-16: Alberni Valley acquires D Michael Winnitoy (95) from Steinbach (MJHL) for future considerations

10-Jan-16: Nanaimo trades F Zach Court (97) and future considerations to Merritt for F Gavin Gould (96) and future considerations

10-Jan-16: Salmon Arm trades F Mitch Newsome (97) to Coquitlam for future considerations

10-Jan-16: Chilliwack trades F Mitch Skapski (96) to Salmon Arm for future considerations

10-Jan-16: Merritt trades F Ryan Forbes (95) to Chilliwack for F Ryan Roseboom (96) and future considerations

10-Jan-16: Victoria acquires F Braeden Cross (96) from OCN (MJHL) for future considerations

10-Jan-16: Chilliwack signs D Rylan Bechtel (95) as a free agent

09-Jan-16: Coquitlam trades D Jarell Pinchuk (97) to Canmore (AJHL) for future considerations

09-Jan-16: Surrey signs F Logan Mostat (97) from junior B Chase (KIJHL)

08-Jan-16: Surrey signs F Jaxon Joseph (97) from junior B Beaver Valley (KIJHL)

08-Jan-16: Chilliwack trades F Eric Benshadle (96) to Lloydminster (AJHL) for F Taylor Allan (95)

07-Jan-16: Prince George trades F Jake LeBrun (95) and F Bryan Basilico (95) to West Kelowna for F Tanner Campbell (97) and future considerations

07-Jan-16: Salmon Arm trades D Michael Winnitoy (95) to Steinbach (MJHL) for future considerations

30-Dec-15: Prince George trades G Sam Tanguay (95) to Wellington (OJHL) for future considerations

29-Dec-15: Merritt trades D Ryan Coghlan (95) to Coquitlam for future considerations


19-Dec-15: Penticton trades D Sam Jones (97) to Cowichan for future considerations

14-Dec-15: Cowichan trades F Rhett Willcox (96) to Alberni Valley for future considerations

08-Dec-15: Coquitlam trades D Ayrton Nikkel (95) to Salmon Arm for future considerations

08-Dec-15: Surrey trades F Darius Davidson (96) to Penticton for future considerations

03-Dec-15: Victoria trades F Luc Soares (96) to Winkler (MJHL) for future considerations

01-Dec-15: Nanaimo trades G Jonathan Reinhart (96) and future considerations to Brooks (AJHL) for D Taylor Karel (96)

01-Dec-15: Merritt trades F Ryan Finnegan (97) to Alberni Valley for future considerations

BCHL Trade Tracker Update, Ginnetti Commits to Clarkson. Gelsinger Commits to Lake Superior State:


It’s the day before the Canadian Junior Hockey League and BC Hockey League trade/roster deadline and there was just one move made. It saw Coquitlam send 18-year-old defenceman Jarell Pinchuk to the Canmore Eagles of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for future considerations. 

There are a lot of teams talking trade, but there are so many teams still in the hunt for a playoff spot, and many with minimal cards available to sign players, that we may not see much action in the next 24 hours. As for the deadline itself, it arrives at 6 pm PST for transactions between teams in different leagues (i.e. BCHL to AJHL) and at 8 pm PST for moves made within the BCHL. The deadline for teams to have their roster completely set is 11:59 pm PST.

09-Jan-16: Coquitlam trades D Jarell Pinchuk (97) to Canmore (AJHL) for future considerations

09-Jan-16: Surrey signs F Logan Mostat (97) from junior B Chase (KIJHL)

08-Jan-16: Surrey signs F Jaxon Joseph (97) from junior B Beaver Valley (KIJHL)

08-Jan-16: Chilliwack trades F Eric Benshadle (96) to Lloydminster (AJHL) for F Taylor Allan (95)

07-Jan-16: Prince George trades F Jake LeBrun (95) and F Bryan Basilico (95) to West Kelowna for F Tanner Campbell (97) and future considerations

07-Jan-16: Salmon Arm trades D Michael Winnitoy (95) to Steinbach (MJHL) for future considerations

30-Dec-15: Prince George trades G Sam Tanguay (95) to Wellington (OJHL) for future considerations

29-Dec-15: Merritt trades D Ryan Coghlan (95) to Coquitlam for future considerations

19-Dec-15: Penticton trades D Sam Jones (97) to Cowichan for future considerations

14-Dec-15: Cowichan trades F Rhett Willcox (96) to Alberni Valley for future considerations

08-Dec-15: Coquitlam trades D Ayrton Nikkel (95) to Salmon Arm for future considerations

08-Dec-15: Surrey trades F Darius Davidson (96) to Penticton for future considerations

03-Dec-15: Victoria trades F Luc Soares (96) to Winkler (MJHL) for future considerations

01-Dec-15: Nanaimo trades G Jonathan Reinhart (96) and future considerations to Brooks (AJHL) for D Taylor Karel (96)

01-Dec-15: Merritt trades F Ryan Finnegan (97) to Alberni Valley for future considerations

BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
Trades Made: 13
Trades Made Within BCHL: 7
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 6
Players: 17
Future Considerations: 12








Langley Rivermen defenceman Cameron Ginnetti (98) has committed to Clarkson University, starting in the 2017-18 season. The Vancouver product is in his first full BCHL season with Langley and has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 32 games this year. He spent last season with the junior B Grandview Steelers (PJHL) and put up 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 32 games.



Victoria forward Brayden Gelsinger (95) took to Twitter to announce his commitment to Lake Superior State University. He has 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists) in 39 games this season and 139 points (42 goals, 97 assists) in 150 career BCHL games. To be honest, I’m not sure how the Regina native is able to play NCAA hockey given that he’s played 12 career Western Hockey League games (Kamloops, 2012-13).








Forward Matt Garbowsky (Powell River, 2009-11) has been reassigned to the Elmira Jackals (ECHL) by the Rochester Americans (AHL). In 15 games with the Amerks, the St. George, ON, product has one assist. He also has three points (one goal, two assists) in six games with the Jackals.



Defenceman Shayne Taker (Cowichan Capitals, 2008-10) was released from his professional try-out with the San Diego Gulls (AHL) and will return to the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL). He had no points in three games with Gulls after posting 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 26 games with the Grizzlies.



Defenceman Steve McCarthy (Trail, 1996-97) signed a 25 game professional try-out contract with the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL). The Trail native has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 30 appearances this season for the Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL).

Updated BCHL Trade Tracker:


Here’s a list of trades since the December 1st roster deadline:


08-Jan-16: Chilliwack trades F Eric Benshadle (96) to Lloydminster (AJHL) for F Taylor Allan (95)

07-Jan-16: Prince George trades F Jake LeBrun (95) and F Bryan Basilico (95) to West Kelowna for F Tanner Campbell (97) and future considerations

07-Jan-16: Salmon Arm trades D Michael Winnitoy (95) to Steinbach (MJHL) for future considerations

30-Dec-15: Prince George trades G Sam Tanguay (95) to Wellington (OJHL) for future considerations

29-Dec-15: Merritt trades D Ryan Coghlan (95) to Coquitlam for future considerations

19-Dec-15: Penticton trades D Sam Jones (97) to Cowichan for future considerations

14-Dec-15: Cowichan trades F Rhett Willcox (96) to Alberni Valley for future considerations

08-Dec-15: Coquitlam trades D Ayrton Nikkel (95) to Salmon Arm for future considerations

08-Dec-15: Surrey trades F Darius Davidson (96) to Penticton for future considerations

03-Dec-15: Victoria trades F Luc Soares (96) to Winkler (MJHL) for future considerations

01-Dec-15: Nanaimo trades G Jonathan Reinhart (96) and future considerations to Brooks (AJHL) for D Taylor Karel (96)

01-Dec-15: Merritt trades F Ryan Finnegan (97) to Alberni Valley for future considerations

BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
Trades Made: 12
Trades Made Within BCHL: 7
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 5
Players: 16
Future Considerations: 11

BCHL Roster Numbers Heading into January 10th Roster Deadline:


With the Hockey Canada roster deadline and BCHL transfer deadline less than a week away, I’ve calculated each BCHL team’s number of roster players, number of 20-year-olds (or 1995-born) and number of imports. 


These numbers may change in the next six days, but this is where they stand right now. The Canadian Junior Hockey League has an inter-league transfer freeze which was lifted on January 1st. There was no holiday transfer freeze among BCHL teams.

Teams are allowed 22 players overall on their roster, of which no more than six can be 1995-born players and no more than six can be import players. Only American-born players are considered imports. 

Wenatchee has a completely different set of rules when it comes to what’s considered a domestic player and what’s an import. Players not considered imports for the Wild are those from Washington State, California, Colorado, and Missouri.

This should show what some teams are able to add or subtract when the deadline arrives. As always, any corrections and comments are welcome.

Number of players: 20
Number of players able to add: 2
Number of 20-year-olds: 4
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 2
Number of imports: 5
Number of imports able to add: 1

Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 3
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 3
Number of imports: 4
Number of imports able to add: 2

Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 5
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 1
Number of imports: 5
Number of imports able to add: 1

Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 5
Number of imports able to add: 1

Number of players: 21
Number of players able to add: 1
Number of 20-year-olds: 5
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 1
Number of imports: 5
Number of imports able to add: 1

Number of players: 20
Number of players able to add: 2
Number of 20-year-olds: 2
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 4
Number of imports: 3
Number of imports able to add: 3

Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 5
Number of imports able to add: 1

Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 5
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 1
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0

Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 5
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 1
Number of imports: 3
Number of imports able to add: 3

Number of players: 21
Number of players able to add: 1
Number of 20-year-olds: 4
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 2
Number of imports: 5
Number of imports able to add: 1

Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0

Number of players: 19
Number of players able to add: 3
Number of 20-year-olds: 2
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 4
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0

Number of players: 21
Number of players able to add: 1
Number of 20-year-olds: 6
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 0
Number of imports: 5
Number of imports able to add: 1

Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 5
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 1
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0

Number of players: 21
Number of players able to add: 1
Number of 20-year-olds: 5
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 1
Number of imports: 3
Number of imports able to add: 3

Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 5
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 1
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0

Number of players: 22
Number of players able to add: 0
Number of 20-year-olds: 5
Number of 20-year-olds able to add: 1
Number of imports: 6
Number of imports able to add: 0

Here’s a list of trades since the December 1st roster deadline:

29-Dec-15: Merritt trades D Ryan Coghlan (95) to Coquitlam for future considerations

19-Dec-15: Penticton trades D Sam Jones (97) to Cowichan for future considerations

14-Dec-15: Cowichan trades F Rhett Willcox (96) to Alberni Valley for future considerations

08-Dec-15: Coquitlam trades D Ayrton Nikkel (95) to Salmon Arm for future considerations

08-Dec-15: Surrey trades F Darius Davidson (96) to Penticton for future considerations

03-Dec-15: Victoria trades F Luc Soares (96) to Winkler (MJHL) for future considerations

01-Dec-15: Nanaimo trades G Jonathan Reinhart (96) and future considerations to Brooks (AJHL) for D Taylor Karel (96)

01-Dec-15: Merritt trades F Ryan Finnegan (97) to Alberni Valley for future considerations

BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
Trades Made: 8
Trades Made Within BCHL: 6
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 2
Players: 9
Future Considerations: 8

BCHL December 1st Roster Deadline Details:

The December 1st Hockey Canada roster deadline arrives tomorrow and it’s one that’s seen BCHL teams be relatively busy.

BCHL teams started with 35 cards on June 1st, on October 1st that was reduced to 30. At that point, teams with 22 players signed were left with only eight cards to sign any players acquired.

As of December 1st, the number is cut to 25 cards or less, which includes carded players plus available unused cards. The norm is for teams to end up with a 22 player roster and 3 cards, but occasionally teams will go with less than 22 players and then have more cards available for use leading up to the January 10th roster deadline.

For example, if a team has 28 cards remaining of the 35 they started with on June 1st, (including the 22 players on their roster) and it reduces to 25 tomorrow night, it makes sense to trade now, rather than after December 1st. The idea being that the team uses cards 23 through 28 instead of losing them. This is assuming the team wants to make some changes.

Last season, there were four trades in the week leading up to the deadline, including just one on December 1st. In 2013, 12 trades were made, while in 2012, eight trades were made. In 2011, there were seven and in 2010, there were 16 deals.

So far this season, there have been two deals made in the week leading up to the deadline, both involving the Victoria Grizzlies. First the Grizzlies acquired 19-year-old forward Jared Virtanen from the Calgary Mustangs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for 18-year-old defenseman J.D. Falconer and future considerations. Then Victoria dealt 19-year-old forward Colby Livingstone to the OCN Blizzard of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

It remains to be seen if things get busier in the hours leading up to the deadline – and with the final roster deadline just five weeks away.

The other aspect of the December 1st deadline is that teams within the BCHL have until 7 pm Pacific time to make any deals with each other while they have until 6 pm Pacific time to make deals with CJHL teams outside of BC.

Here’s a look at the trades last season in the week leading up to the December 1st deadline:

– Salmon Arm acquired forward Branden Wagner (96) from Vernon for future considerations

– Prince George acquired forward Daniel Nachbaur (95) from Merritt for future considerations

– Prince George traded defenseman Valik Chichkin (94) to Camrose of the AJHL for future considerations

– Chilliwack acquired defenseman Bennett Morrison (96) from Salmon Arm for future considerations

2014-15 BCHL Trade Deadline Review:







The CJHL and BCHL Trade/Roster deadlines came and went on Saturday night at 6 o’clock for transfers with other leagues, 8 o’clock for transfers among BCHL teams, and midnight for rosters to be set. Now that the dust has settled, teams will go with the rosters they’ve got for the rest of the season.


The day saw eight trades, three players released and four players signed as free agents. Every single transaction involved future considerations. The busiest team was Victoria, which made two trades, signed one player as a free agent, and released another.

In all, twelve of the BCHL’s teams were active on Saturday. Langley, Penticton, Powell River, and West Kelowna didn’t adjust rosters at all.

BCHL TRADE TRACKER (since Dec. 1)
Trades Made: 23
Trades Made Within BCHL: 15
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 8 
Players: 31
Future Considerations: 21

It seems wonky to me that the CJHL and its member leagues continue to have the trade/roster deadline day fall on January 10th, regardless of what day of the week that date falls upon. It’s difficult for team personnel, players, and media alike to prepare for games, knowing that one eye is on the transaction wire to see what will happen.


It would make more sense to have the deadline on an off-night across the country. I know that may be next to impossible, but moving it to say, the second Monday in January, greatly reduces the chances of a game being scheduled that night, which should make things easier for everyone.

For example, this year, according to Greg Sakaki of the Nanaimo News Bulletin, Clippers GM and Head Coach Mike Vandekamp missed the beginning of the game on Saturday vs. Coquitlam while working toward the deadline, and even had his phone on the bench to reply to texts regarding potential moves. Sakaki’s story is here.





 
As mentioned above, the Victoria Grizzlies were the busiest team on deadline day, making four moves. GM and Head Coach Scott Didmon made a big splash, acquiring 20-year-old forward Thomas Gobeil from Cowichan for future considerations. Gobeil, who’s from St. Hubert, Quebec, had 23 points (13 goals, ten assists) in 25 games for the Capitals this season. He’s a veteran of 155 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games.

The acquisition of Gobeil put the Grizzlies one over the BCHL limit of six 1994-born players, so Victoria attempted to trade forward Storm Wahlrab to the Estevan Bruins of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Wahlrab wouldn’t report to the Bruins and as a result, was outright released by the Grizzlies. He had four assists in 20 games for Victoria this season.

The Grizz also dealt 19-year-old defenseman Justin Sadler to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Dauphin Kings. Sadler had five points (two goals, three assists) in 32 games with Victoria. He was recruited by the Grizzlies last summer from Upper Canada College varsity hockey.

Sadler was moved to make room for 17-year-old blueliner Tomba Huddlestan, who leaves the South Island Royals of the BC Major Midget League to join the Grizzlies. Huddlestan, who’s from Victoria, has 12 points (two goals, ten assists) in 18 games this season with the midget Royals.

On top of trading Gobeil, Cowichan added a player to its roster on Saturday, signing 18-year-old forward Michal Holub as a BCHL free agent. Holub was signed by West Kelowna back in November after being released by the Lethbridge Hurricanes. He played three games with the Warriors before leaving the team to join his hometown Mission City Outlaws, where he had 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 15 games.

Merritt picked up 20-year-old defenseman Griffyn Martin from Trail for future considerations. Martin is in his first BCHL season, but spent 2013-14 with Union College, getting into two games as a freshman. The Fairfield, Connecticut native had 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 35 games with the Smoke Eaters. The Centennials were looking for another blueliner after placing Matt Foley on injured reserve with an upper body ailment. He’s out for the remainder of the season. According to Trail’s media release on the deal, at least part of the futures will see a player from Merritt head to the Smoke Eaters once the season is over.

Merritt rounded out the day by signing 18-year-old Stephan Seeger. He’s from Mississauga, Ontario and is a veteran of 26 major junior games. Seeger played one game with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals, but has spent the bulk of this season with the United States Hockey League’s Des Moines Buccaneers, posting a goal and two assists in 11 games. He spent last season with Moncton of the QMJHL, racking up 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 25 games.

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs made one move, acquiring 19-year-old forward Braden Fuller from the Merritt Centennials for future considerations. Fuller tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in 17 games with Merritt this season. He was a member of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks team which won the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League championship, the Cyclone Taylor Cup Junior B Provincial championship, and the Western Canadian Keystone Cup championship last season.
The Salmon Arm SilverBacks picked up 19-year-old defenseman Anthony Garder from Coquitlam for future considerations. Gardner, from Langley, had eight points (two goals, six assists) in 31 games with the Express this season. He won the Fred Page Cup with Coquitlam last season, but didn’t get into any games for the Express at the Western Canada Cup.

The SilverBacks made room for Gardner by sending 18-year-old forward Karl El-Mir to the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Grande Prairie Storm for future considerations. El-Mir is committed to the University of Connecticut for this September. He had 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 29 games this season. The Greenfield Park, Quebec, product led the US Premier Hockey League U18 in scoring last season with 48 points (17 goals, 31 assists) in 27 games with the Selects Hockey Academy U18 team.

Chilliwack and Trail hooked up on the only trade on deadline day that saw two players change teams in the same deal. It sees the Chiefs acquire Smoke Eaters 19-year-old captain Scott Davidson for 20-year-old defenseman Evan MacEachern and future considerations.

Davidson was third in scoring on the Smokies at the time of the trade, with 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) in 37 games. The Quinnipiac University recruit has played his entire junior hockey career in the West Kootenays, first with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks before moving up to Trail in 2012-13. Davidson is off to Quinnipiac this September. The trade will likely give him the opportunity to taste BCHL playoff hockey for the first time in his career.

MacEachern was picked up by the Chiefs in a trade with the Weeks Crushers of the Maritime Junior Hockey League last summer. He spent two seasons in the MHL prior to coming to Chilliwack. MacEachern, who played for Team Canada East at the 2013 World Junior A Challenge, had 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) in 34 games with the Chiefs this season. Despite being already a 20-year-old, MacEachern’s birthday is January 9th, so he has another season of junior eligibility left.

Just like the Griffyn Martin trade with Merritt, the Smoke Eaters media release on this deal indicates that the future considerations includes a player heading from Chilliwack to Trail once the season is over.
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Prince George, which has been ravaged by injuries this season, added one player, 18-year-old forward Nick Guerra from Nanaimo for future considerations. The Victoria native joined the Clippers back in November after posting 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 17 games with the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Saanich Braves. He notched six points (four goals, two assists) in 18 games with Nanaimo. Guerra played 22 games in a Clippers uniform last season, scoring two goals.

The Spruce Kings had room to add Guerra after putting 20-year-old forward Justin Rai on injured reserve. Rai is committed to the University of Maine for this September, but he’s out for the remainder of this season with concussion-like symptoms.

Surrey didn’t make any trades, but the Eagles did adjust their roster, releasing 17-year-old forward Johnny Wesley and 20-year-old defenseman Zane Schartz. Wesley’s WHL rights were traded by Vancouver to Lethbridge on Friday and he decided to leave the Eagles and join the Hurricanes.

Schartz, who Surrey re-acquired from Trail at the beginning of October, left the Eagles to join the New Jersey Hitmen of the US Premier Hockey League. He had 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 34 games this season with Surrey. The Plano, Texas product is the third former BCHL player on the Hitmen roster, along with ex-Express and Chiefs defenseman Ben Israel and ex-Express forward Logan Coomes.

The Eagles also added 17-year-old forward Jordan Funk from the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s Aldergrove Kodiaks. Funk had played eight games with Surrey as an affiliate player this season, scoring a goal and an assist, before being moved to the Eagles regular roster. The Surrey native was leading Aldergrove in scoring with 40 points (22 goals, 18 assists) in 32 games.

Vernon was involved in just one transaction, releasing 19-year-old forward Trevor Fidler. Fidler was suspended by the Vipers for not reporting back to the team after its Christmas break. Vernon GM and Head Coach Mark Ferner hoped to trade Fidler, but ultimately wasn’t able to work out a deal. As a result, the Watertown, Massachusettes native is released outright after playing 30 games with the Vipers, scoring eight goals while adding 12 assists. Fidler’s back on the roster of the USPHL’s South Shore Kings, the team he played with last season before joining Vernon.

Here’s a list of trades since the December 1st roster deadline:
10-Jan-15: Prince George acquires F Nick Guerra (96) from Nanaimo for future considerations

10-Jan-15: Victoria trades D Justin Sadler (95) to Dauphin (MJHL) for future considerations

10-Jan-15: Victoria acquires F Thomas Gobeil (94) from Cowichan for future considerations

10-Jan-15: Salmon Arm trades F Karl El-Mir (96) to Grande Prairie (AJHL) for future considerations 

10-Jan-15: Salmon Arm acquires D Anthony Gardner (95) from Coquitlam for future considerations

10-Jan-15: Alberni Valley acquires F Braden Fuller (95) from Merritt for future considerations


10-Jan-15: Merritt acquires D Griffyn Martin (94) from Trail for future considerations 

10-Jan-15: Chilliwack acquires F Scott Davidson (95) from Trail for D Evan MacEachern (95) and future considerations

09-Jan-15: Chilliwack trades G David Poirier (95) to Dieppe (MHL) for future considerations

08-Jan-15: Nanaimo trades D Taylor Green (95) to Coquitlam for future considerations

08-Jan-15: Cowichan trades F Keegan Milligan (96) to Melville (SJHL) for future considerations
 

08-Jan-15: Nanaimo acquires D Ryan Coghlan (95) from Cowichan for future considerations
 

07-Jan-15: Merritt acquires F Zak Bowles (95) from Alberni Valley for F Luke Bertolucci (95) and future considerations


07-Jan-15: Cowichan acquires D Connor Russell (96) from Penticton for future considerations

02-Jan-15: West Kelowna acquires D Braeden Jones (94) from Grande Prairie (AJHL) for future considerations

01-Jan-15: West Kelowna trades F Michael Buonincontri (94) and D Greydon Robinson (96) to Prince George for D Tyler Kunz (94)

01-Jan-15: Salmon Arm trades D Cole McCaskill (96) to Prince George for future considerations

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 (AJHL) for F Eric Therrien (94)

11-Dec-14: Trail trades D Sheldon Hubbard (95) to Grande Prairie (AJHL) 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 (AJHL) for D Tyler Kunz (94)

01-Dec-14: Vernon trades F Branden Wagner (96) to Salmon Arm for future considerations

Clippers Pick Up Coghlan and Send Green to Express, Capitals Move Milligan, Chiefs Add USHL Goaltender, 12 BCHL Players Named to CJHL Prospects Game:






The BCHL trade deadline arrives Saturday evening at 6 o’clock for transfers with other leagues, 8 o’clock for transfers among BCHL teams, and midnight for rosters to be set.


The Nanaimo Clippers made a change on their blueline on Thursday, acquiring the junior A rights to 19-year-old defenseman Ryan Coghlan from Cowichan for future considerations. The move coincided with Coghlan leaving the Saskatoon Blades to return to the BCHL.

The Nanaimo native was set to join Cowichan back in September after being released by Prince Albert, but before he played a game with the Capitals, Coghlan was grabbed by Saskatoon in exchange for a WHL Bantam Draft pick. He had four points (two goals, two assists) in 22 games with the Blades this season and no points in two games with the Raiders. Coghlan played a full season in the BCHL with Cowichan in 2012-13, posting five points (two goals, three assists) in 47 games.

Acquiring Coghlan put Nanaimo over in terms of roster numbers, so GM and Head Coach Mike Vandekamp moved 19-year-old defenseman Taylor Green to Coquitlam for future considerations.

Green joined the Clippers in mid-December and put up one assist in seven games. He played ten games in the WHL this season, four with Brandon and six with Moose Jaw, putting up a goal and two assists, before leaving the Warriors in early October. After a brief time-out from hockey, he signed with Nanaimo.

Now Green experiences a homecoming of sorts in joining the Express as he’s from Port Coquitlam. It’s the first time Green’s played close to home since he was a member of the BC Major Midget League’s Vancouver NE Chiefs in 2010-11.

Nanaimo and Coquitlam sit at the BCHL roster limit of 22 after today’s moves.


Cowichan is one player under the roster limit after moving 18-year-old forward Keegan Milligan to Melville of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Milligan, who’s from Emerald Park, SK, had three assists in 33 games as a rookie with the Capitals this season. He was recruited from the Notre Dame Argos Midget AAA team after putting up 104 points (45 goals, 59 assists) in three seasons in the Saskatchewan Midget Hockey League.


According to his Twitter account, 20-year-old goaltender David Jacobson left the United States Hockey League’s Bloomington Thunder to join the Chilliwack Chiefs. On Thursday afternoon, the Calabasas, California product tweeted this:
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsJacobson is a veteran of 63 USHL games and he has 6-8-2 record, a 3.07 goals-against-average and an .890 save percentage in 19 games with the Thunder this year. 
There’s no official release from the Chiefs as of yet, but no doubt this move will mean something’s gotta give with incumbents Aidan Pelino and David Poirier.









 

Here’s a list of trades since the December 1st roster deadline:


08-Jan-15: Nanaimo trades D Taylor Green (95) to Coquitlam for future considerations

08-Jan-15: Cowichan trades F Keegan Milligan (96) to Melville for future considerations

08-Jan-15: Nanaimo acquires D Ryan Coghlan (95) from Cowichan for future considerations

07-Jan-15: Merritt acquires F Zak Bowles (95) from Alberni Valley for F Luke Bertolucci (95) and future considerations

07-Jan-15: Cowichan acquires D Connor Russell (96) from Penticton for future considerations

02-Jan-15: West Kelowna acquires D Braeden Jones (94) from Grande Prairie for future considerations

01-Jan-15: West Kelowna trades F Michael Buonincontri (94) and D Greydon Robinson (96) to Prince George for D Tyler Kunz (94)

01-Jan-15: Salmon Arm trades D Cole McCaskill (96) to Prince George for future considerations

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: 14
Trades Made Within BCHL: 9

Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 5
Players: 21
Future Considerations: 12







The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced the rosters for its annual Prospects Game, which is in Oakville, ON this year. A total of 12 BCHL players are featured on Team West for the game. Players are selected with consultation from the CJHL and NHL Central Scouting. Team West also includes 5 players from the AJHL, two from the MJHL and one from the SJHL.

Team West features Langley goaltender Bo Didur and forward Marcus Vela, Powell River defenseman Carmine Buono and netminder Stefan Wornig, Penticton forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage, along with Vees defensemen Gabe Bast and Jarrod Hilderman, Merritt forward Brandon Duhaime, Chilliwack defenseman Vincent Desharnais and forward Jordan Kawaguchi, Prince George forward Brogan O’Brien, and Cowichan forward Darien Craighead.

The game goes on Tuesday, January 20.

Nanaimo Signs USHL Veteran, West Kelowna Releases Suspended Michal Holub, MnJHL Top 5 Scorer to Surrey?

The BCHL trade deadline arrives Saturday evening at 6 pm for transfers with other leagues, 8 pm for transfers among BCHL teams, and midnight for rosters to be set.


The Nanaimo Clippers added 18-year-old forward Brendan Shane to their roster. The University of Connecticut commit comes to the Harbour City from Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL, where he had four points (two goals, two assists) in 21 games this season.

Shane is a veteran of 69 USHL games, with 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) during his career. The Rochester, New York native was drafted in the 15th round of the 2013 USHL Entry Draft by the Des Moines Buccaneers. He spent the 2013-14 season with the Bucs.

The addition of Shane puts the Clippers one over the BCHL roster limit of 22, but with Devin Brosseau on injured reserve, it creates a space.


According to his Twitter account, 19-year-old forward Tyler Harkins is one his way to join the Surrey Eagles. On Monday afternoon, the Rocky River, Ohio product tweeted the following:
Harkins had been playing with the Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League and led the team in scoring with 49 points (35 goals, 14 assists) in 31 games. He was drafted in the 25th round of the 2013 USHL Entry Draft by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, but hasn’t played a game in the league.


West Kelowna released 18-year-old forward Michal Holub from its roster. The Mission native joined the Warriors at the end of October, but left the team after playing only three games and recording two assists. Holub joined his hometown junior B Outlaws while under suspension by West Kelowna and has 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 14 games. 
Meanwhile, 20-year-old defenseman Ryan Ivey is also under suspension by the Warriors for leaving the team, but is still on West Kelowna’s roster. He played nine games this season, recording three points (two goals, one assist).


Here’s a list of trades since the December 1st roster deadline:

02-Jan-15: West Kelowna acquires D Braeden Jones (94) from Grande Prairie for future considerations

01-Jan-15: West Kelowna trades F Michael Buonincontri (94) and D Greydon Robinson (96) to Prince George for D Tyler Kunz (94)

01-Jan-15: Salmon Arm trades D Cole McCaskill (96) to Prince George for future considerations

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: 9
Trades Made Within BCHL: 5
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 4
Players: 15
Future Considerations: 7