Alberni Valley Bulldogs
Powell River Kings
Prince George Spruce Kings
Salmon Arm SilverBacks
Trail Smoke Eaters
West Kelowna Warriors
The Trail Smoke Eaters swung a trade with the Amherst Ramblers of the Maritime Hockey League on Tuesday, acquiring Salmon Arm native Colby Livingstone for future considerations. The 19-year-old had 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 48 games last season with the Ramblers. He spent two seasons from 2012-14 with KIJHL’s Creston Valley Thunder Cats, posting 75 points (27 goals, 48 assists) in 82 games. Livingstone was also an affiliate player with the Smoke Eaters in 2013-14. He played in six games and scored four points (three goals, one assist).
Alberni Valley added some major size and experience to its blueline with the acquisition of Tyler Cooper from the Mississauga Chargers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for future considerations. The 18-year-old has played 152 career junior A games with Mississauga and the Elliot Lake Bobcats of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. Last season with the Chargers, the Sudbury, ON native had 13 assists in 51 games, along with 124 penalty minutes. In his 102 OJHL games, the 6-foot-5, 205 lb., Cooper had 224 penalty minutes, but only one fighting major.
The Surrey Eagles have signed 19-year-old Jon Venter for the 2015-16 season. Venter played the last three seasons at Canterbury School in New Milford, CT. In 86 career prep school games, he finished with 18 points (five goals, 13 assists).
Nanaimo Clippers forward Brett Roulston has committed to the University of Lethbridge and will play for the Longhorns in 2015-16. The Whitehorse, YT native came to the Clippers after two seasons with the WHL’s Prince George Cougars. He had 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) in 58 games with Nanaimo last season. In 105 games with the Cougars, he scored 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists).
The Prince George Spruce Kings eliminated Langley with a 3-2 win in Game Six to advance to the Mainland Division Final. Brogan O’Brien had a pair of goals for the Spruce Kings, who face Chilliwack starting Friday. It’s the first time in ten years PG has won a playoff series.
Alberni Valley won Game Six against Nanaimo 4-3 to force Game Seven Wednesday night at the Frank Crane Arena. The Bulldogs have won three straight after falling behind 3-0 in the best-of-seven series.
Colton Sandberg scored his first ever goal in the BCHL for Powell River as the Kings won Game Six 5-4 in double overtime to end Victoria’s season. The Grizzlies battled back from a 4-1 third period deficit to force extra time. The Kings await the winner of Wednesday’s Game Seven between Nanaimo and Alberni Valley.
SECOND ROUND DIVISION FINAL MATCH-UPS
March 14 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm
March 15 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm
March 17 — Penticton at Vernon – 7 pm
March 18 — Penticton at Vernon – 7 pm
x-March 19 — Vernon at Penticton – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Penticton at Vernon – 6 pm
x-March 21 — Vernon at Penticton – 6 pm
March 13 — Prince George at Chilliwack – 7 pm
March 14 — Prince George at Chilliwack – 7 pm
March 16 — Chilliwack at Prince George – 7 pm
March 17 — Chilliwack at Prince George – 7 pm
x-March 20 — Prince George at Chilliwack – 7 pm
x-March 21 — Chilliwack at Prince George – 7 pm
x-March 22 — Prince George at Chilliwack – 7 pm
FIRST ROUND DIVISION SEMIFINAL MATCH-UPS
(Penticton wins best of 7 series 4-1)
March 4 — West Kelowna 2 at Penticton 3 (OT) (1,672)
March 6 — Penticton 4 at West Kelowna 3 (3OT) (1,188)
March 7 — Penticton 3 at West Kelowna 2 (1,154)
March 9 — West Kelowna 0 at Penticton 7 (1,877)
March 3 — Merritt 2 at Vernon 3 (OT) (1,261)
March 4 — Merritt 1 at Vernon 2 (1,338)
March 6 — Vernon 1 at Merritt 0 (947)
March 7 — Vernon 6 at Merritt 5 (888)
(Best of 7 series tied 3-3)
March 4 — Alberni Valley 1 at Nanaimo 3 (840)
March 6 — Nanaimo 4 at Alberni Valley 3 (1,065)
March 7 — Nanaimo 4 at Alberni Valley 5 (OT) (1,060)
March 9 — Alberni Valley 2 at Nanaimo 1 (977)
March 10 — Nanaimo 3 at Alberni Valley 4 (1,253)
March 11 — Alberni Valley at Nanaimo – 7 pm
March 3 — Powell River 7 at Victoria 2 (520)
March 4 — Powell River 1 at Victoria 2 (OT) (614)
March 6 — Victoria 2 at Powell River 5 (643)
March 7 — Victoria 6 at Powell River 1 (630)
March 8 — Victoria 1 at Powell River 5 (572)
March 10 — Powell River 5 at Victoria 4 (2OT) (936)
(Chilliwack wins best of 7 series 4-1)
March 3 — Coquitlam 1 at Chilliwack 4 (1,451)
March 4 — Coquitlam 2 at Chilliwack 6 (1,466)
March 6 — Chilliwack 5 at Coquitlam 6 (OT) (607)
March 7 — Chilliwack 7 at Coquitlam 2 (650)
March 9 — Coquitlam 2 at Chilliwack 4 (1,558)
March 4 — Prince George 2 at Langley 4 (412)
March 6 — Langley 2 at Prince George 4 (1,037)
March 7 — Langley 4 at Prince George 1 (937)
March 9 — Prince George 5 at Langley 4 (OT) (912)
March 10 — Langley 2 at Prince George 3 (1,352)
Cowichan Capitals captain Kyle Horsman committed to Robert Morris University starting this September. The 20-year-old from Sechelt was third on the Capitals in goals with 18 this season while setting career highs in goals, assists and points. On RMU, Horsman joins BCHL alumni Chase Golightly, Rob Mann, Jeff Jones and Scott Jacklin.
Forward Adam Tambellini (Vernon, Surrey, 2011-13) signed an entry level contract with the New York Rangers. In 65 games this season with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen, the 20-year-old from Edmonton has 79 points (45 goals, 34 assists). Tambellini was the Rangers’ third round pick, 65th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Defenseman Nicholas Rioux (Quesnel, Prince George, 2005-07) signed a pro tryout contract with the AHL’s Iowa Wild. The 28-year-old has 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in 35 games with the Quad City Mallards of the ECHL this season. He also has no points in five games with Iowa.
The BC Intercollegiate Hockey League announced its 2014-15 award winners and post-season All-Stars on Tuesday.
Most Valuable Player – Silas Matthys, Trinity Western University
Top Defenseman – Dylan Hykawy, University of Victoria
Top Goaltender – Silas Matthys, Trinity Western University
Rookie of the Year – PJ Buys, Trinity Western University
Most Sportsmanlike Player – Luciano Somerville, University of Victoria
Coach of the Year – Barret Kropf, Trinity Western University
BCIHL First All-Star Team
F Cody Fidgett, Trinity Western University
F Beau Walker, Eastern Washington University
F Shawn Mueller, University of Victoria
D Dylan Hykawy, University of Victoria
D Stefan Gonzales, Selkirk College
G Silas Matthys, Trinity Western University
BCIHL Second All-Star Team
F PJ Buys, Trinity Western University
F Ryan Edwards, Selkirk College
F Jono Ceci, Simon Fraser University
D Mathew Berry-Lamontagna, Simon Fraser University
D Jake Harcoff, Trinity Western University
G James Prigione, Selkirk College
Coquitlam Express F Colton Kerfoot (96) is off to the same school his brother, Alex, attends. Kerfoot committed to Harvard University starting in September 2016.
Announce the P.O.W. at 9:30 pm. Good, good
— Fraser Rodgers (@VeesVoice) October 28, 2014
The BCHL has suspended Surrey Eagles D Nicholas Beck (95) for what appears to be two games for abuse of an official.
I haven’t seen video of what happened, but on the box score for the Eagles 8-2 loss to Nanaimo on Sunday, Beck was assessed a game misconduct, which one can only deduce was the penalty that triggered the suspension.
Under the league’s discipline on the BCHL website, it states the following:
Surrey Eagles Nicholas Beck is suspended 1 game for receiving a game misconduct abuse of an official
Surrey Eagles Nicholas Beck is suspended 1 game for abuse of an official
Not sure if it’s just a double post, or if Beck is actually out for two games.
The Canadian Junior Hockey League released its weekly Top 20 rankings on Monday morning and three BCHL teams are represented.
The Penticton Vees are the top ranked BCHL team in third (up one spot from last week). Nanaimo is up three spots from 17 to 14 since last week while Chilliwack drops from 11th to 16th. Check out the release from the CJHL on the Top 20 Rankings here.
There’s a new blog on the BCHL scene as Victoria Grizzlies broadcasters Tyler Bennett and Clay Cochrane have jumped into the fray. Check out the blog right here.
The Coquitlam Express continues to tinker with its roster as it looks to gain ground in the Mainland Division. Express GM and Head Coach Barry Wolff sent veteran D Austen Bietenbeck (95) to the Grande Prairie Storm of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
Bietenbeck, who’s from Langley, has one assist in 11 games this season with Coquitlam. Overall, he’s tallied four assists in 67 career BCHL games.
The Surrey Eagles made more changes with their roster, this time signing former West Kelowna Warriors F Cole Plotnikoff (97) as a free agent.
Plotnikoff spent five games this season with the Warriors before being released earlier this month. He had one goal with West Kelowna. The Valley West Hawks alum joined Surrey just before its three game set this past weekend and has one goal thus far with the Eagles.
Plotnikoff’s career stats are available here.
To Cowichan Capitals:
D Charlie Pelnik (95)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=100468+ Future Considerations
To Langley Rivermen:
The 6’4″ 215 pound Pelnik hails from Cary, North Carolina and is entering his second season in the BCHL having put up 10 points and 88 penalty minutes in 53 games last year.
“Charlie is a big body with a physical presence that can move pucks and make it difficult for opponents,” said Capitals Head Coach and General Manager Bob Beatty.
“He adds a veteran presence that will compliment our defensive core very well.”
Pelnik has already secured an NCAA Division I scholarship to the University of North Dakota for the 2015-16 season. He is responsible with the puck in his own zone and is an intimidating force with plenty of grit.
The Capitals would like to welcome Charlie to the Cowichan Valley and look forward to seeing him at training camp later this month.
The 19 year-old Kearley hails from Newmarket, Ontario and at 6’3″ and 216 pounds, the physical blue liner adds some serious size and grit to the Rivermen’s back end.
“We’re adding a big body with a lot of skill, who can play both offensively and defensively,” said Rivermen head coach Bobby Henderson.
As a rookie last season with the Grizzlies, Kearley had 6 goals and 20 assists and 46 penalty minutes in 57 games.
Pelnik played in 53 games with the Rivermen last season, accumulating 10 points and 88 penalty minutes.
“Charlie’s a good quality defenseman and he’ll fit in well with Cowichan Valley,” said Henderson. “It’s a good move for both organizations.”
The Rivermen would like to welcome Jacob to Langley and look forward to seeing him on the ice for the upcoming 2014-2015 season.
To Kingston Voyageurs:
D Rory McGuire (95)http://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=117006To Victoria Grizzlies:
Incoming Penticton Vees D Miles Gendron
Selected in the 3rd round, 70th overall by Ottawahttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=248347
Former Surrey Eagles D Devon Toews
Selected in the 4th round, 108th overall by New York Islandershttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=59575
Incoming Salmon Arm SilverBacks F Sam Lafferty
Selected in the 4th round, 112th overall by Pittsburghhttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=259043
Surrey Eagles F Danton Heinen
Selected in the 4th round, 116th overall by Bostonhttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=105821
Vernon Vipers F Liam Coughlin
Selected in the 5th round, 130th overall by Edmontonhttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=248303Victoria Grizzlies G Alec Dillon
Selected in the 5th round, 150th overall by Los Angeleshttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=120757
Former Coquitlam Express F Austin Carroll
Selected in the 7th round, 184th overall by Calgaryhttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=93438Langley Rivermen F Matt Ustaski
Selected in the 7th round, 192nd overall by Winnipeghttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=146215Penticton Vees F Jack Ramsey
Selected in the 7th round, 208th overall by Chicagohttp://www.eliteprospects.com/iframe_player_stats.php?player=195477
Brandon Egli (University of Massachusetts)
Gerry Fitzgerald (Bemidji State University)
Leo Fitzgerald (Bemidji State University)
Myles Fitzgerald (Bemidji State University)
Mark McLellan (Middlebury College)
Mitch Meek (Clarkson University)
Jaden Schmeisser (Minnesota State University)
Jesse Schwartz (University of Connecticut)
Travis Stephens (Middlebury College)
Chris Albertini (University of Ontario Institute of Technology)
(* indicates an open spot – assuming the team goes with 13 forwards and 7 defensemen)
Storm Wahlrab (94)
David Walchuk (94)
Garrett Forster (95)
Shawn McBride (95)
Jay Mackie (95)
Dante Hahn (95)
Cole Pickup (96)
Rory McGuire (95)
Jacob Kearley (95)
Kevin Massy (95)
Nic Renyard (94)
Alec Dillon (96)