Vees acquire Meek from Cowichan, Eagles get Davidson from Penticton, Capitals nab Hards and Jones in Three-Team Trade:

The Penticton Vees acquired defenceman Mitch Meek from the Cowichan Capitals on Monday in a three-team trade also involving the Surrey Eagles.

The Eagles traded forward Darren Hards and the CJHL rights to defenceman Ryan Jones to the Vees for forward Darius Davidson, and Penticton moved Hards and Jones to acquire Meek from the Capitals.

From the Vees website:
“We were in need of an experienced, veteran defenceman and he being a right-handed shot was the perfect fit for us. We’re excited to have him on our blue-line next season.” – Penticton President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson.
Meek, 20, has 72 points (15-57-72) in 193 BCHL games over four seasons with Victoria, Vernon, and Cowichan. He’s also played in 38 career BCHL playoff games with 10 points (1-9-10).

Davidson, 20, rejoins the BCHL team in which he’s played 144 of his 165 career games with.

From the Eagles website:
“After talking with our core group of guys that are coming back this season, we all feel that it will be a very competitive roster. The addition of Darius addresses some of our scoring needs. He also brings experience. He’s played in a lot of BCHL games, regular season and playoffs. I think that will also be a positive addition for our group.” – Eagles GM and Head Coach Blaine Neufeld
The Surrey native was moved to Penticton in December 2015 and finished the season with five points (2-3-5) in 21 games with the Vees and 25 points (11-14-25) in 30 games with the Eagles.

Hards, a 17-year-old from Prince George, is coming off his rookie season in the BCHL. The Cariboo Cougars product had eight points (4-4-8) in 28 games last season with Surrey.

Jones, 18, finished the 2015-16 season with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants. The resident of Delta played 43 games with the Giants, notching three assists. Jones started the season with Surrey and had one assist in 12 games with the Eagles. I expect him to remain in the WHL in 2016-17.

Trail Trades Newton, Tetteh and futures to Capitals, Cowichan Sends Santerno and Cochrane to Smoke Eaters:

The Trail Smoke Eaters traded forward Max Newton, defenceman Nii Noi Tetteh, and future considerations to the Cowichan Capitals on Saturday for forward Luke Santerno and defenceman Carter Cochrane.

Newton, 18, has 64 points (22-42-64) in 95 BCHL games with Trail. The Vancouver native had 40 points (13-27-40) in 55 games with the Smoke Eaters this past season to finish second in team scoring. Tetteh, an 18-year-old from Revelstoke, played his first BCHL season in 2015-16 and finished with three points (1-2-3) in 50 games.

Santerno had 13 goals and 13 assists in 56 games with Cowichan Valley this season. The 19-year-old from Sicamous has played in 114 career BCHL games, with 25 goals and 25 assists, all scored with the Capitals.

From the Smoke Eaters media release:
“Luke is a big, rangy centreman and good on draws.  He makes smart plays all over the ice.”, a 19-year-old defenceman from Kamloops, has played in 43 career WHL games. Last season, he started with Chilliwack before being traded to Cowichan in late October. In 14 games with the Caps, he posted 14 points (3-11-14) before signing a try-out with the Giants in December. He was injured in his lone game with Vancouver and didn’t play for the rest of the season.

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.

Trail Trades Cooper Leitch to Langley for Troy Ring:

The Trail Smoke Eaters and Langley Rivermen hooked up on the first trade of the BCHL off-season, with forward Cooper Leitch headed to Langley and defenceman Troy Ring and future considerations off to Trail.
Leitch, who is entering his final year of junior hockey, played the last season and half with the Smoke Eaters, after being acquired from Prince George during his rookie BCHL season of 2014-15. The 20-year-old from London, Ontario had 23 points (11-12-23) in 56 games with in 2015-16.

Ring is a year younger than Leitch and made his BCHL debut last season after playing half the year with the junior B North Van Wolf Pack of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. The Vancouver native is a veteran with North Van, having skated in 94 games since the 2013-14 season, his point totals increasing each year.
The 6’1″, 188 pound blueliner won a PJHL Championship with the Wolf Pack in 2015 and was also chosen by Portland in the 14th round, 306th overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft. 

Leitch is a veteran of 157 junior A games in the BCHL and the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Vees Boss Fred Harbinson Hits 300 Wins, Caps and Rivermen Make Big Trade:

My apologies for the lack of posts here on the blog in the last little while. With all that I’m juggling professionally, plus family life, it makes it difficult to find time to post, although I hope to be more consistent.

You’ll also notice a bit of a new format on the blog as I try to summarize the goings on in the BCHL and BC Intercollegiate Hockey League each day. I’ll definitely still have the odd post focused on one topic, but I thought I’d give this a try as there are a number of sports blogs I like which follow a similar format. I also hope that creating content this way will help provide you with a hub for the news I usually provide and more.

As usual, for the most update info, please follow me on Twitter (@Brian_Wiebe), and thanks so much for reading.

Penticton GM and Head Coach Fred Harbinson reached the 300 win plateau in the BCHL with the Vees 1-0 win over Vernon on Saturday night. Dante Fabbro had the lone goal for Penticton while Hunter Miska made 29 saves. It’s the Vees ninth straight win. As for Harbinson, his record since joining Penticton prior to the 2007-08 season is now 300-93-7-26.

The Vees official write up on the game is available here.

The Langley Rivermen nabbed F Colton Kehler (97) and re-acquired D Charlie Pelnik (94) from the Cowichan Capitals on Friday in exchange for F Darian Craighead (97) and F Brendan Gulka (94).

Craighead was suspended by the Rivermen earlier this month for leaving the team and had an immediate impact in Cowichan, scoring twice in his debut in a 3-2 loss to Alberni Valley. He also had a goal in Saturday’s 6-5 overtime win against West Kelowna. Gulka should add some solid leadership and secondary scoring to the Capitals.

Pelnik returns to Langley after playing only 13 games with the Capitals. The 19-year-old from Cary, NC, was traded to Cowichan back in August by the Rivermen. Kehler, who holds the BC Major Midget League record for goals in a season, could wind up being a key offensive catalyst for Langley as he gains more experience in the BCHL.

The Rivermen media release on the trade is here and the Capitals take on the deal is here.

The Coquitlam Express signed D Cole Bevan (96) after he was released by the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades. Bevan, who’s from Surrey, was acquired by the Blades from the Swift Current Broncos back on September 30th, but only played one game with Saskatoon.

Meanwhile, former Express G Pierce Dushenko (95) has shown up on the roster of the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Whitecourt Wolverines. Neither the BCHL nor the AJHL websites show that Dushenko was traded. Either he was released by Coquitlam and signed by the Wolverines or a trade occurred that hasn’t been reported.

F Alex Jackstadt (94) is no longer on the roster of the Powell River Kings. He had a goal and an assist in six games with the Kings this season after being recruited from the USHL’s Fargo Force. 

Jackstadt has re-joined the Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League, where he played during the 2012-13 season. He has an assist through two games with Kenai River thus far this season.

D James Isaacs (Powell River, 2007-08) has signed with the Dundee Stars (EIHL) for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. He had a goal and four assists in 16 games with Dundee last season. Isaacs signed with the Kalamazoo Wings back in July, but was released a week and a half ago.

Langley Snags Netminder Bo Didur from Rival Surrey:

The Langley Rivermen made their second off-season deal with the rival Surrey Eagles on Friday, acquiring 17-year-old goaltender Bo Didur in exchange for future considerations.
A month ago, the Rivermen picked up 17-year-old Domenic Masellis from the Eagles in the first trade between the longtime division foes.

Didur’s acquisition comes as the Rivermen lost 20-year-old veteran Tyrell King to retirement. King was picked up in a three-way trade from the SJHL’s Kindersley Klippers back in June, but announced on his Twitter account that he was leaving the game.

The number one job in Langley now looks to be between Didur and 18-year-old Darren Martin, who the Rivermen also acquired via trade in June from the SJHL’s Battlefords North Stars.

Didur had outstanding numbers in major midget in 2012-13 and respectable numbers on an Eagles team which finished second to last in the Mainland Division and allowed 31 goals more than it scored.

The trade leaves Surrey without any goaltenders on its roster as 20-year-old Devon Fordyce was dealt to Okotoks of the AJHL earlier this summer.

To Langley Rivermen:
G Bo Didur (97) Surrey Eagles:
Future Considerations

Here’s the release from Langley:

The Langley Rivermen have acquired goaltender Bo Didur from the Surrey Eagles for future considerations.

The seventeen year old Didur played in twenty-four regular season games and six playoff games for the Eagles last season.

Prior to his rookie year with the Eagles, Didur played for the Northwest Giants in the BC Major Midget Hockey League, where he went undefeated in the regular season, winning twenty-three games in 2013.

“Bo has proven himself to be one of the top goalies in the country for his age,” said head coach Bobby Henderson. “We are fortunate to add a player of Bo’s ability to our organization. He comes in familiar with our group, as he has played with several of our guys in the past,” he said. “Bo has a reputation of being an outstanding character and possesses a work ethic that will allow him to continue to develop and climb the ranks.”

Surrey Eagles Bring Defenseman Latrell Charleson Back to the BCHL:

The Surrey Eagles continued to load up on local players as on Thursday they acquired 19-year-old defenseman Latrell Charleson from the Hawkesbury Hawks of the Central Canada Hockey League for 19-year-old blueliner Philippe Johansson.

If Charleson’s name is familiar, it’s because the 6-foot-4, 220 lb. has played in the BCHL before. He got into 23 games as a 17-year-old rookie with Prince George in 2011-12 and played 20 games with the Spruce Kings in 2012-13 before being released in December 2012. The Surrey product then joined the junior B North Delta Devils and also affiliated with the Coquitlam Express, playing eight games with them.

How Charleson’s Canadian Junior Hockey League’s rights got to Hawkesbury is a bit of a mystery. He was recruited by the Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in June 2013 and played with them last season. Then this past July, Charleson was traded to the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Lloydminster Bobcats. What I can’t find any record of is how Charleson’s rights ended up with Hawkesbury, which enabled them to trade him to Surrey. We may never know.

Meanwhile, Johansson, who is committed to Brown University for 2015-16, really came into his own during the BCHL playoffs, putting up two goals and three assists in six games for the Eagles.

To Surrey Eagles:
D Latrell Charleson (95) Hawkesbury Hawks:
D Philippe Johansson (94)

Vernon Adds Four Year Junior A Veteran Defenseman Jake Emilio from Cobourg:

With only two returning defensemen, the Vernon Vipers added a significant piece to their blue line on Thursday, acquiring 20-year-old Jake Emilio from the Cobourg Cougars of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Back in April, Cobourg announced that Emilio had committed to the NCAA Div. III Middlesbury College Panthers for this September, but I assume Vernon wouldn’t have traded for the Kleinburg, Ontario product if he wasn’t going to play for the Vipers. In fact, Emilio is in training camp with Vernon right now.

He’s a two-time OJHL All-Star, representing the East Division in 2012-13 and the North-East Conference last season.

To Vernon Vipers:
D Jake Emilio (94) Cobourg Cougars:
Future Considerations

Victoria Reaquires Goaltender Michael Stiliadis in Four Team Trade:

The Victoria Grizzlies crease got a bit more crowded on Thursday as GM and Head Coach Brad Knight was part of a complex trade involving four different Canadian Junior Hockey League teams in four different leagues.

The first deal saw the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Whitecourt Wolverines trade 19-year-old forward Connor McCallum and future considerations to Cornwall Colts of the Central Canada Hockey League in exchange for 20-year-old defenseman Pierre Ouellette.

The Colts then traded McCallum to Grizzlies in exchange for future considerations. Victoria then flipped McCallum and future considerations to Dauphin Kings for 20-year-old goaltender Michael Stiliadis, who was named Most Valuable Player at last spring’s RBC Cup tournament in Vernon.

Stiliadis had expressed to Dauphin that he was interested in returning to the BCHL for his last season of junior hockey and the Kings accommodated. The Woodbridge, Ontario product played for the Grizzlies in 2012-13 season, posting a 2.97 goals-against-average and an .897 save percentage in 31 games played. He was acquired from the OJHL’s Oakville Blades by Victoria in late August of 2012.

In terms of the break down of Stiliadis rejoining Victoria, I’ll only focus on the BCHL portion of the deal.

To Victoria Grizzlies:
G Michael Stiliadis (94) Dauphin Kings:
F Connor McCallum (95) Future Considerations

Here’s the release from Dauphin on the deal:

The Dauphin Kings were a part of a 4 team trade this last week. Coming to the Kings is 19 year old forward Connor McCallum who played last season with the Whitecourt Wolverines in the AJHL as well as future considerations.

“Connor will bring tenacity, a strong work ethic and excellent character to our hockey club.” said Kings HC/GM Marlin Murray “He’s a big body that competes hard.”

The 6’2”, 200lb forward will arrive in Dauphin later this afternoon for the Kings Main Camp.

Going to the Victoria Grizzlies is 20 year old goaltender Michael Stiliadis.

“Stilly was very good for us last season and as a team are likely not as successful without him” stated Murray. “We were advised by his father and family advisor in the summertime that he would only be reporting to the BCHL for his final year of Junior A hockey. We are happy to get Connor and maximum PDF back in the deal because many BCHL teams had their goaltenders solidified for the upcoming season. We want to wish Stilly all the best.”

Alberni Valley Deals 19-Year-Old Defenseman Bo Pellah to Surrey:

It looks like 19-year-old defenseman Bo Pellah will make his return to the BC Hockey League with Surrey after his Canadian Junior Hockey League rights were traded to the Eagles by Alberni Valley for future considerations.

Pellah, who’s from New Westminster, played last season with the Youngstown Phantoms and Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League, posting 22 points (6g, 16a) in 50 games.

In June, he informed the Bulldogs that he was looking to return to the BCHL after determining that the USHL wasn’t the best fit for his style of play. At that time, Alberni Valley revealed that it had received a number of calls from teams looking to acquire Pellah.

He was a Coastal Conference Second Team All-Star in 2012-13 after a 33-point split between the Bulldogs and Langley Rivermen. Pellah decommitted from Penn State University back in March. He had committed to the school as a 16-year-old in December 2011.

The trade isn’t posted on either teams’ website, but is posted under “Transactions” on the BCHL website.

To Surrey Eagles:
D Bo Pellah (95) Alberni Valley Bulldogs:
Future Considerations