BCHL News & Trades:
Merritt Centennials Unveil New Jerseys:
The Merritt Centennials are proud to unveil new jerseys for the 2016-17 season. “The Centennials have been part of the fabric of the city of Merritt for the past 43 years,” said Cents GM and Head Coach Joe Martin. “The new design is a fresh look that incorporates the proud history of the Centennials franchise and important aspects of our past.” Cents players Tyler Ward, Nick Fidanza, and Tyrell Buckley showed off the new Centennials jerseys at the 2016 Golf Tournament this past weekend at the Sagebrush Golf Club.
The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are proud to announce that local product Carson Bolduc is returning to the team for his 20 yr old season. "With Carson returning for his final season of junior hockey, we are getting a highly skilled and tough winger back in our division". Stated Head Coach Brandon West, Carson is a leader on and off the ice and the local Salmon Arm boy has always had a great relationship with the community. He is the type of person we want in our program. "I'm very excited to come back for my 20 old year season as I've enjoyed my time as a Silverback and can't wait to end my career here in my hometown" says the skilled winger. I've decided this is my last year of hockey before i attend school next fall so looking to go out on a good note, and I think we can accomplish that with all the young talent coming in. I'm looking forward to the Main Camp Aug 22!
Warriors Name Miller New Broadcaster:
The West Kelowna Warriors are very pleased to announce that Trevor Miller has joined our organization as our new play by play announcer. Trevor has been the voice of the Okanagan Rockets for the past three years as well as being the colour man for the Penticton Vees. Trevor loves the BCHL, and his passion for the game will be very evident during his broadcasts. The Warriors would also like to announce that Sheldon Bank will join the Warriors' broadcasts as Trevor's colour man. Sheldon has been a ten year volunteer with the Warriors, and his insight will be such a welcome addition to Trevor's show. On behalf of the entire organization, please welcome both of these great men to your Fast Hockey broadcasts!
The Nanaimo Clippers have added 18 year old forward Jake Harris from the Toronto Patriots of the OJHL. Going to the Patriots is 19 year old forward Joey Visconti who was recently acquired from the Victoria Grizzlies. In Harris, the Clippers have added a speedy forward who can score. The Toronto Ontario native tallied 22 goals and 26 assists for 48 points in 51 games as the Patriots leading scorer last season. He also won the Patriots Teammate Award which was voted on by his coaches.
Salmon Arm-Oakville Trade:
13-July-16 The Salmon Arm Silverbacks have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Michael Boitiz(98)(G) formt he Oakville Blades of the OJHL in exchange for future considerations.
20-July-16 The Penticton Vees have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Mat Robson(96)(G) from the Toronto Patriots of the OJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Ryan Markovic(96)(D) and future considerations.
Arena Construction Underway In Langley:
After the WHL Vancouver Giants moved into the Langley Events Centre, the BCHL Langley Rivermen were forced to move into the George Preston Recreation Centre. Renovations are currently underway, getting the old rink into shape for the 2016-17 BCHL season.
Jacobson Commits To Chilliwack Chiefs:
Chilliwack Chiefs Head Coach and General Manager Jason Tatarnic today announced the commitment of goaltender Robert Jacobson (1997) for the 2016-17 season. The younger brother of former Chiefs goaltender David Jacobson is a graduate of the Los Angeles Junior Kings program. After a year with the U16 team, he spent the last two seasons with the U18 team. In 21 games last season he posted a goals against average of 3.20 and a 91.1 save percentage. Robert Jacobson Position: Goaltender Date of Birth: July 1, 1997 Hometown: Calabasas, CA Height: 6’2 Weight: 195 On joining the Chiefs: "I'm very excited to join the Chiefs. Each season it seems the team takes another step towards a championship and this season I hope to help them achieve that goal." Tatarnic on Jacobson: “Having visited Chilliwack a few times while his brother David as with us, Robert is familiar with our program. He's a big goalie that has potential to be a solid contributor to our team. With his addition we feel we have a great goaltending tandem this season.”
Douglas Returns To Salmon Arm Silverbacks:
The Silverbacks would like to welcome back the voice of the team Ian (Pepsi) Douglas for his 3rd year with the club. Ian has done a remarkable job since he has joined our program. He is very committed to his profession and we look forward to another great year! Stated GM Troy Mick. Backs main camp starts Aug 22 at the Shaw Center!
Gilliss Leaves Warriors For Western Hockey League:
Gilliss played for the West Kelowna Warriors of the British Columbia Hockey League last season, where he had three goals and two assists for five points in 41 games. The Warriors won the RBC Cup last season, Canada’s national championship for Junior A hockey. Gilliss was also named to the 2016 Canadian Junior Hockey League All-Academic All-Canadian Champions Team, which recognizes academic excellence and character, community and competition. Gilliss was added to the Winterhawks’ protected list in September 2015. Gricius spent last season with the Colorado Thunderbirds U16 team in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, the same program that produced Dominic Turgeon and current Winterhawk Alex Overhardt. Gricius had seven goals and 15 assists for 22 points in 28 games last season, as the Thunderbirds finished third in USA Hockey Nationals. He was added to the team’s protected list in June. Both players are entering their 17-year-old season, but with late birthdays will be eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft. “I’ve had a chance in the last month to meet and watch both Lane and Jake play, and I’m convinced they will fit in perfectly with our young group of forwards. I was also impressed with the experience they bring to our team,” said Portland Winterhawks Vice President, General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “Lane played in the BCHL last year as a 16-year-old and was part of a national championship-winning team. Jake comes from an organization that does a real good job of developing their players as they prepare to make the jump to junior hockey, which includes eight players who played in the WHL last year.” The Winterhawks will open the 2016-17 season on Saturday, September 24 when they host the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Moda Center at 7 p.m.
Prince George-Soo Trade:
The Prince George Spruce Kings are pleased to announce the acquisition of 19 year old defenseman Mike Winn from Soo Eagles of The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) in exchange for future considerations. The 6’3” 185 pound Winn is from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Last season with The Soo Eagles Winn scored 2 goals and had 11 assists for 13 points to go along with 42 penalty minutes in 39 games played. “We are excited to add Mike to our organization. He is a great young man who is a very reliable defenseman with excellent leadership qualities. He will be a very big part of our group next season. It’s good any time you can add a big, physical defenseman that can play in all situations” said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes. “I’m honored and excited to be joining such a great organization. I can’t wait to get out to Prince George and get the season going” said new Spruce Kings defenseman Mike Winn. Mike Winn will join the rest of his Spruce Kings team mates just prior to the start of the team’s main training camp on August 25th.
This week on Coach’s Comments...the Salmon Arm Silverbacks released their 2016-17 schedule and hired Darrell Hay as a new assistant coach for the team. Head Coach Brandon West talks about what Hay will bring to the team for next season as well as a four game match up with the Vernon Vipers including a pair of exhibition games and then a home and home series with the snakes to kick off the season.