Monday, January 11, 2016

BCHL News & Trades:

I found these press releases off team websites, other hockey blogs or online.

BCHL News & Trades:

Prince George-Wellington Trade:

The Prince George Spruce Kings would like to announce that they have traded 20 year old goalie Sam Tanguay to the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations. Tanguay was acquired on September 16th in a trade with the Aurora Tigers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League that saw Alex-Brooks Potts sent out East along with future considerations. Last season, the Quebec City native played in the Ontario Hockey League where he had three wins, 18 losses, and a shootout loss with the Sudbury Wolves. In 22 games this year with the Spruce Kings, Tanguay had four wins, and 17 losses. Against the Cowichan Valley Capitals in his second last start before the Christmas break, Tanguay made 29 saves to record his first BCHL shutout.

Warriors Talk Trade Talk:

Rylan Ferster will be wearing his GM's hat the next few days, as the junior hockey trade deadline looms. The trade deadline for junior leagues across the country is Jan. 10. Ferster, head coach and GM of the West Kelowna Warriors, expects to spend the next few days working the phones in an effort to find a player or two to help the club get over the hump. "It's no different than any other time of the year. You're always looking to make your team better. That's your job," said Ferster. The difference now, he said, is this is the last chance. After the Sunday deadline, teams can add players if they have room on their roster, but only if that player is a free agent. "You're looking for someone to hopefully give you a push. "You're looking for guys who can give you depth or, if you need scoring, or a power-play defenceman. Teams' needs are different, but historically, guys are looking for defencemen at the deadline." Ferster said he is looking to add depth at both the forward and defence positions. "There is always a lot of chatter but, just when you think you're close, it can go sideways because there are always other teams involved." The Warriors had hoped to save room for Luke Harrison, however, the overage forward has found a home with the Western Hockey League's Prince George Cougars. Ferster has made a number of moves during the season, especially between the pipes, where the Warriors have used eight different goaltenders. The Warriors are a perfect 3-0 since returning from the Christmas break. They host Merritt Friday at Royal LePage Place, in their final game before Sunday's trade deadline.

Smoke Eaters Acquire Redler:

Nick Deschenes, Coach/GM, of the Smokies has acquired the playing rights to Nolan Redler from the Northern Cyclones of the U.S Eastern Hockey League. The Eastern Hockey League is an American Tier III Junior Hockey League with 18 teams in Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States. The league prepares high school and college aged players for NCAA colleges, various professional leagues, the CHL and in Europe. Playing in the Elite Division of the EHL the Cyclones were 2013/14 Eastern Hockey League Champions.  The team plays out of Hudson, New Hampshire. Redler, currently leads the Cyclones in scoring with 40 points.  In 21 games he has scored 18 goals and has 22 assists.  This includes 5 game winning goals.  The Cyclones currently sit in fourth place just 6 points out of first place in their division.  In the 2014/15 playoff season Nolan, in 11 games, scored 5 goals and 8 assists for a total of 13 points. Nolan hails from Winchester, MA and is a 19 year old,  5′ 9″, 175 lb. forward. The Smoke Eater organization welcomes Nolan to the team and wish him the best of luck for the rest of the season. In another move by Deschenes, John Laurito has been moved to the South Shore Kings of the USPHL.  In 32 games with the Smokies this season, Laurito had 2 goals and 6 assists.  The USPHL is the league that last year’s Charlie Zuccarini played in prior ot coming to Trail. The Smoke Eaters wish John all the best in his hockey career and thank him for his contribution to the team this season.Smoke Eaters Acquire Redler:

Salmon Arm-Steinbach Trade:

Salmon Arm Silverbacks general manager Troy Mick today announced the team has traded D-Man Michael Winnitoy (20) to the Steinbach Pistons of the MJHL for future considerations. “This was a very hard decision that we had to make today” stated Mick, Mike was an excellent teammate and played hard for us, however we had to get down to 6 20 year olds and we are extremely happy that he remains at the Jr A level with a great program in Steinbach. He will be going there and will play big minutes for them as they wanted Mike’s style of play as Steinbach is in 2nd place and should have a very good play off run. The Silverbacks would like to thank Mike for his contributions to the team this year and wish him the best of luck in Steinbach. The Silverbacks travel to Wenatchee Wild for their 1st ever regular season visit to the Town Toyota Center this Friday night at 7 PM, followed by the BACKS travelling to Penticton to play the Vees Saturday night at 6 PM.

Spruce Kings Add McLeod:

The Prince George Spruce Kings are excited to announce that they have added 18 year old goalie Joseph McLeod from the Castlegar Rebels in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). After three years with the Pursuit of Excellence program, McLeod joined Castlegar this year where in 21 games he has 13 wins, with five of those coming as shutouts. The 6’2” goalie from Kelowna has the 3rd best goals against average in the league among goalies who have played at least 20 games. He also is tied for 2nd in the league for netminders with 15 games or more, with a .934 save percentage. Two years ago, McLeod was named to the U18 North American Prospects Hockey League All-Academic Team.  McLeod will have some familiar faces on the team, as he was in the Pursuit of Excellence program along with Jarod Hovde, and Cavin Tilsley who are currently forwards with the Spruce Kings. “Joseph is a very good young goaltender who was having a great season with a strong program in Castlegar. He’s got good size, is technically strong, and competes hard. He’s also a well mannered young man who will fit in well with our group,” said Spruce Kings general manager Mike Hawes.

Brandon West Named Team West Head Coach:

The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) is pleased to announce the appointment of the head coaches for this month’s CJHL Prospects Game. Brandon West of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (British Columbia Hockey League [BCHL]) will lead Team West, while Nick Greenough of the Valley Jr. A Wildcats (Maritime Hockey League [MHL]) will lead Team East on Jan. 26 at the South Surrey Arena in Surrey, B.C. “I am honoured to be involved in such an event,” said West. “I look forward to working with the players, staff, and others who work tirelessly to put on this showcase of the CJHL. Thank you to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, John Grisdale, the BCHL, and the CJHL.” Brandon West is in his fourth season with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, and has been head coach since the start of the 2014-15 season. This year, the Silverbacks sit second in the Interior Division with a 22-10-2-2 (W-L-OTL-T) record, good for 48 points. Since taking over as the head coach, West has a winning percentage of over .600. Prior to coaching in Salmon Arm, he was an assistant coach during the 2011-12 season with West Kelowna Warriors. “I am very honoured to get the call from the CJHL to be the head coach for Team East,” said Greenough. I am very humbled and look forward to coaching Eastern Canada’s best Junior A prospects in a great event.” The 35-year old native of Windsor, N.S., has coached the Valley Wildcats for the past thre seasons after having previously coached the Valley Major Midget Wildcats, including a trip to the TELUS Cup, Canada’s National Midget Championship, in 2013. Greenough was named the MHL Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year in 2014-15, and is having another solid year, with the Wildcats currently only one point out of first place in the EastLink Division. He also had an extensive playing career, playing with the Val-d’Or Foreurs and Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League prior to six years of professional hockey in the ECHL and AHL. The CJHL Prospects Game was created to showcase 40 of the top NHL prospects in the CJHL. The CJHL Prospects Game features players from the CJHL’s five western leagues competing against players from the CJHL’s five eastern leagues. The winner of the game will hoist the President’s Cup, which is awarded annually to the winning team. Rosters for the 2016 CJHL Prospects Game will be announced Jan. 6. Player selection for the CJHL Prospects Game is a joint initiative between the CJHL and NHL Central Scouting.

Chilliwack-Lloydminster Trade:

The Chilliwack Chiefs have acquired 20 year old forward Taylor Allan from the Lloydminster Bobcats in exchange for 19 year old forward Eric Benshadle. In 29 games with the Bobcats this Season, Allan scored 14 goals and added 11 assists. The Calgary native began last season with the Prince George Spruce Kings before being dealt to Lloydminster where he finished the season strong, scoring ten goals and seven assists in 25 games. He added four goals and three assists in ten playoff games. Allan is expected to be in the Chiefs lineup this weekend. The Chiefs organization would like to thank Eric for all his contributions both on and off the ice and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

West Kelowna-Prince George Trade:

The West Kelowna Warriors have acquired a pair of players from the Prince George Spruce Kings 4 days before the BCHL Trade Deadline. The Warriors have added a pair of 20-year-old forwards in Bryan Basilico and Jake LeBrun, in exchange for forward Tanner Campbell (97) and Future Considerations. Basilico is currently in his 3rd BCHL season after spending 2 seasons with the Trail Smoke Eaters, and has 10 goals and 13 assists in 33 games for the Spruce Kings this season. For LeBrun, he will move away from his hometown of Prince George where he was the team captain, playing in 162 games for the Spruce Kings, with 53 goals and 52 assists. “We’re adding experience and a veteran presence to our forward group, which adds some depth up front as we begin a crucial second half of the season” says Head Coach/GM Rylan Ferster. The Spruce Kings will get a very gifted, smart offensive player in Campbell, who has a high ceiling as an 18-year-old. Campbell had 4 goals and 10 assists in 27 games this season. “We would like to wish Tanner all the best in Prince George and thank him for his contributions to the Warriors” said Ferster. Basilico is expected in the Warriors lineup Friday when they host the Merritt Centennials at Royal Lepage Place for a 7:00 pm puck drop.

Coquitlam-Canmore Trade:

The Coquitlam Express have traded Defenseman, Jarrell Pinchuk (97) to the Camore Eagles (AJHL) for future considerations. The Fort Saskatchewan Alberta native had 5 goals and 14 assists for 19 points in 37 games for the Express this season. He was acquired by the Express in the off-season from the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL. The Express would like to thank Jarrell for his contributions to the Express this season and wish him all the best in Canmore.

Powell River-Prince George Trade:

Defencemen Colton Sandberg, along with future considerations, has been traded to the Prince George Spruce Kings in exchange for 1995-born defenceman Adam Brubacher. Sandberg is in his 2nd year in the BCHL, having played in 64 regular season and 12 playoffs games with the Kings. During that time he scored 2 goals and added 8 assists. The 6’3, 195lb defenceman scored the overtime series winner against the Victoria Grizzlies in last year’s first round of the playoffs, his first Junior A goal. In return, the Kings aquire defenceman Adam Brubacher from Elmira, ON. Brubacher is in his first year in the BCHL and led the Spruce Kings in scoring with 13 goals and 19 assists from 42 games. For the past three seasons, Brubacher played for his hometown Sugar Kings in the GOJHL (Junior B in Ontario). The 6’3, 205lb defenceman has 3-multi goal games on the season.

Cowichan-Prince George Trade:

The Cowichan Capitals have acquired 19 year-old forward Corey Hoffman from the Prince George Spruce Kings in exchange for future considerations in the team’s only trade deadline day transaction Sunday. Hoffman has put up some impressive numbers in his first BCHL season with 11 goals and 20 assists in 31 games with the Spruce Kings. The 5’9″, 170 pound native of Syosset, New York is committed to Cornell University for this coming fall. It’s a reunion of sorts for Hoffman coming to Cowichan as he played with Capitals forward Jared Domin with the Detroit based Belle Tire U-16 program during the 2012-13 season. The Capitals wish Corey a warm welcome to the Cowichan Valley!

Chilliwack-Merritt Trade:

The Chilliwack Chiefs acquired 20 year old forward Ryan Forbes from the Merritt Centennials in exchange for 19 year old forward Ryan Roseboom. Forbes, in his third full BCHL season, has a career high seven goals and 19 points with the Centennials this season. He spent the previous two seasons with the Nanaimo Clippers and helped them advance to the BCHL finals last season.

Powell River-Portage Trade:

The Powell River Kings have traded forward Jeremey Leipsic to the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. The Winnipeg product was in his first year in the BCHL and had 5 goals and 12 assists in 34 games. The Powell River Kings would like to thank Jeremey and Colton for their contributions to the club during their time in Powell River, and wish them well in Portage and Prince George respectively. The team would also like to welcome Adam to the Sunshine Coast. He is expected to make his debut in Surrey on Friday night as the Kings battle the Eagles.

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