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

Photo credit: Prince George Spruce Kings/EnsLens Photography













The Prince George Spruce Kings were faced to make a move in goal with word that veteran Stefan Wornig is out for the season with muscle cramps. Wornig hasn’t played a game for PG since the beginning of November after amassing a 6-6-2 record with a 2.76 GAA, a .908 save percentage and one shutout this season.

The 19-year-old from Surrey, BC came to the Spruce Kings in the off-season after two years with Powell River. His BCHL career record is 17-28-2 with a 3.22 GAA, a .905 save percentage, and two shutouts. Wornig has been placed on long-term injury reserve by Prince George.

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To fill the void left by Wornig’s absence, the Spruce Kings have signed Aris Anagnostopoulos from the junior B Kamloops Storm. The 18-year-old was an affiliate player for PG this season, playing 9:04 in a game against Salmon Arm on November 26th. He made five saves and didn’t give up a goal. This season in the KIJHL, the Kelowna, BC product is 7-7-1 with a 2.63 GAA and a .916 save percentage along with two shutouts.

Photo credit: Ben Raffler/Twitter


















Powell River has released defenceman Ben Raffler after acquiring Matthew Cairns via trade from Georgetown of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. 

The 18-year-old Raffler skated in 18 games with the Kings this season, putting up three assists. The Burnaby, BC product had his junior B rights traded from Comox Valley to Campbell River in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League in November, and he’ll join the Storm now after being released by Powell River.

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Forward Andrew Ebbett (Salmon Arm, 2001-02) has signed a two-year contract extension with Bern of the Swiss League. The Vernon, BC native has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 18 games with Bern this season, his second with the club. He recently tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) for Team Canada as it captured the 90th Spengler Cup. The 34-year-old is a veteran of 224 career NHL games with Anaheim, Chicago, Minnesota, Phoenix, Vancouver, and Pittsburgh.

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Goaltender Michael Garteig (Quesnel AP/Powell River/Penticton, 2008-12) is on his way back to the ECHL after being assigned to the Alaska Aces by the AHL’s Utica Comets. In four games for the Comets this season, the Prince George, BC product has a record of 0-1-1, a goals against average of 2.85, and a save percentage of .907. The 25-year-old has played eight games this season for the Aces, with a record of 7-1-0, a 2.35 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.

Penticton picks up WHL veteran Taylor Sanheim, Powell River acquires NHL draft pick Matthew Cairns:


Penticton added a veteran forward to its ranks today with the acquisition of forward Taylor Sanheim.

The Vees picked up the junior A rights to the 20-year-old from the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for Ty Barnstable and future considerations.

Sanheim is from Elkhorn, MB and played 132 games in the Western Hockey League with the Calgary Hitmen, posting 12 goals and 39 assists, a +7 rating, along with 202 penalty minutes. He added a goal and six assists in 22 career WHL playoff games with the Hitmen. Calgary released Sanheim in early December.

Barnstable had four goals and five assists in 34 games with Penticton this season. The 18-year-old is a native of Regina.

The Vees were one over the allowed roster limit of 22 with the addition of Sanheim, so they released 20-year-old defenceman Gabe Bast. Per Penticton’s announcement on the move, the blueliner will sign with the junior B Surrey Knights of the Pacific Junior Hockey League. Bast has only played six games in 2016-17 due to injuries.

As an affiliate player, Bast will be eligible to play ten games with Penticton. Once Surrey’s season is over, he can affiliate an unlimited number of times with the Vees, as long as they don’t have more than six 20-year-old players dressed for any game.



Powell River added an NHL prospect to its roster today, picking up defenceman Matthew Cairns from the US Hockey League’s Fargo Force. 


To sign Cairns, the Kings acquired his Canadian junior A rights from the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. The 18-year-old was chosen by the Edmonton Oilers in the 3rd round, 84th overall in last year’s NHL Entry Draft. He’s committed to Cornell University starting this September.

The Mississauga, ON product had four assists in 17 games with Fargo this season. He posted nine goals and 24 assists in 46 games with Georgetown in 2015-16, plus three goals and 16 assists in 22 OJHL playoff games.

The move puts Powell River over the BCHL roster limit by one, so there should be a corresponding move by the Kings coming soon.











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

01-Jan-17: Powell River acquires D Matthew Cairns (98) for future considerations

01-Jan-17: Penticton trades F Ty Barnstable (98) to Portage (MJHL) for F Taylor Sanheim (96) and future considerations

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: 7
Trades Made Within BCHL: 3
Trades Made With Teams Outside BC: 4
Players: 9
Future Considerations: 7
Forwards: 5
Defencemen: 3
Goaltenders: 1
1996-born: 2
1997-born: 2
1998-born: 4
1999-born: 0
2000-born: 1

Forward Casey Bailey (Alberni Valley, 2009-11) has been assigned by the Ottawa Senators to Binghamton of the AHL. The Anchorage native has 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in 28 games with the Baby Sens and no points in four games in the NHL this season.

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

Top 20 BCHL Defenceman Scoring Leaders:

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Name
Team
GP
G
A
PTS
PPG
PIM
1.
Cameron Ginnetti
Langley
35
5
35
40
1.14
14
2.
Jake Stevens
Victoria
36
5
33
38
1.06
10
3.
Trevor Cosgrove
Alberni Valley
31
8
23
31
1.00
24
4.
Chris Harpur
Cowichan Valley
37
5
23
28
0.76
34
5.
Alex Bates
Wenatchee
33
2
25
27
0.82
20
6.
Nick Minerva
Surrey
36
7
18
25
0.69
42
7.
Michael Ufberg
Vernon
36
7
17
24
0.67
22
8.
Tyler Anderson
West Kelowna/Prince George
32
10
13
23
0.72
64
9.
Connor Russell
Prince George
34
7
16
23
0.68
49
10.
Connor McCarthy
Chilliwack
32
8
14
22
0.69
25
11.
Jacob Dupont
Surrey
35
4
18
22
0.63
28
12.
Callum Volpe
Vernon/Powell River
30
3
19
22
0.73
22
13.
Mitch Stapley
Trail
35
0
22
22
0.63
10
14.
Cody Van Lierop
Victoria
31
3
18
21
0.68
28
15.
Josh Owings
Cowichan Valley
36
3
18
21
0.58
22
16.
Ryley Booth
Salmon Arm
36
5
14
19
0.53
51
17.
Brett Stirling
Victoria
27
3
16
19
0.70
32
18.
Zach Metsa
Merritt
35
2
17
19
0.54
4
19.
Chris Jones
Wenatchee
34
7
11
18
0.53
49
20.
John Schuldt
Langley
29
5
13
18
0.62
40

Top 20 BCHL Under-18 Leading Scorers:

Image: Garrett James Photography (http://garrettjamesphoto.photoshelter.com/)

Name
Team
GP
G
A
PTS
PPG
PIM
1.
Brett Stapley
Vernon
30
6
22
28
0.93
20
2.
Ethan De Jong
Prince George
33
5
22
27
0.82
6
3.
Brendan Budy
Langley
33
9
15
24
0.73
26
4.
Jordan Sandhu
Alberni Valley
35
8
15
23
0.66
8
5.
Samuel Morton
Wenatchee
24
4
12
16
0.67
10
6.
Stanislav Demin
Wenatchee
30
4
12
16
0.53
14
7.
Parmjot Dhaliwal
West Kelowna
30
3
12
15
0.50
15
8.
Matthew Kowalski
Nanaimo
35
8
6
14
0.40
8
9.
Ben Berard
Powell River
37
6
8
14
0.38
17
10.
Jonathan Tychonick
Penticton
25
3
11
14
0.56
12
11.
Cayden Kraus
Alberni Valley
36
9
4
13
0.36
44
12.
Tyler Ward
Merritt
16
7
5
12
0.75
6
13.
David Silye
Nanaimo
32
5
7
12
0.38
19
14.
Andrew Kemp
Surrey
33
6
5
11
0.33
2
15.
Powell Connor
Chilliwack
32
2
9
11
0.34
50
16.
Ben Poisson
Prince George
32
7
3
10
0.31
9
17.
Mackenzie Wight
Alberni Valley
13
6
4
10
0.77
8
18.
Alec Zawatsky
Cowichan Valley
33
4
6
10
0.30
38
19.
Jordan Schulting
Chilliwack/Coquitlam
25
1
9
10
0.40
12
20.
Liam Watson-Brawn
Prince George
33
3
6
9
0.27
8

Top 20 BCHL Under-19 Leading Scorers:

Image: BCHL/Twitter

Name
Team
GP
G
A
PTS
PPG
PIM
1.
Cameron Donaldson
Powell River
37
23
21
44
1.19
10
2.
Cameron Ginnetti
Langley
35
5
35
40
1.14
14
3.
Kohen Olischefski
Chilliwack
35
11
28
39
1.11
34
4.
Grant Cruikshank
Penticton
35
23
11
34
0.97
14
5.
Desi Burgart
Surrey
31
12
18
30
0.97
4
6.
Jeffrey Stewart
Surrey
29
11
17
28
0.97
16
7.
Ty Amonte
Penticton
35
11
17
28
0.80
22
8.
Brett Stapley
Vernon
30
6
22
28
0.93
20
9.
Zach Risteau
Merritt
30
16
11
27
0.90
12
10.
Ashton Calder
Surrey
29
12
15
27
0.93
28
11.
Michael Regush
Merritt
31
12
15
27
0.87
4
12.
Ross Armour
Trail
27
8
19
27
1.00
24
13.
Ethan De Jong
Prince George
33
5
22
27
0.82
6
14.
Tristan Crozier
Nanaimo
36
10
16
26
0.72
17
15.
Carter Turnbull
Powell River
31
12
13
25
0.81
20
16.
Jagger Williamson
Vernon
28
6
19
25
0.89
14
17.
Andre Ghantous
Trail
36
2
23
25
0.69
10
18.
Jamieson Rome
Victoria
36
14
10
24
0.67
38
19.
Brendan Budy
Langley
33
9
15
24
0.73
26
20.
Keyvan Mokhtari
Victoria
33
13
10
23
0.70
22

Top 20 BCHL Under-20 Leading Scorers:

Image: Langley Rivermen

Name
Team
GP
G
A
PTS
PPG
PIM
1.
Ryan Barrow
Langley
32
20
29
49
1.53
20
2.
Jordan Kawaguchi
Chilliwack
32
23
24
47
1.47
18
3.
Troy Conzo
Wenatchee
35
12
34
46
1.31
16
4.
Cameron Donaldson
Powell River
37
23
21
44
1.19
10
5.
Kale Howarth
Trail
33
21
22
43
1.30
14
6.
Jonny Evans
Powell River
38
18
23
41
1.08
31
7.
Colin Burston
Wenatchee
33
15
25
40
1.21
43
8.
Cameron Ginnetti
Langley
35
5
35
40
1.14
14
9.
Kohen Olischefski
Chilliwack
35
11
28
39
1.11
34
10.
A.J. Vanderbeck
Wenatchee
33
22
16
38
1.15
14
11.
Max Newton
Cowichan Valley
37
18
20
38
1.03
40
12.
Jared Domin
Cowichan Valley
37
17
21
38
1.03
48
13.
Tyler Welsh
West Kelowna/Victoria
31
17
19
36
1.16
22
14.
Matthew Baker
Wenatchee
35
15
21
36
1.03
16
15.
Grant Cruikshank
Penticton
35
23
11
34
0.97
14
16.
Dakota Raabe
Wenatchee
35
12
20
32
0.91
21
17.
Christopher Klack
Penticton
35
10
21
31
0.89
20
18.
Trevor Cosgrove
Alberni Valley
31
8
23
31
1.00
24
19.
Steven Jandric
Vernon
36
18
12
30
0.83
47
20.
Thomas Lee
Chilliwack
35
14
16
30
0.86
29