Category: trade deadline

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