Thursday, January 14, 2016

BCHL News & Trades:

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

BCHL News & Trades:

BCHL Trade Deadline Rules-Regulations:

The Jan. 10 roster deadline for Junior hockey is on Sunday. As always, here are a few things for fans and media to remember:

•The deadline means teams must be down to a maximum of 22 carded players

•After Jan. 10, no transactions can be made until June 1, 2016 at 9 a.m. Pacific

•All CJHL transactions (inter-branch transactions) must be filed with league offices by 6 p.m. Pacific

•All BCHL transactions must be filed with the BCHL office by 8 p.m. Pacific

•Teams may only release information to media and fans about a roster move once all players involved in the transaction have been notified

•Teams are subject to fines if found releasing transaction information to fans and/or media prior the club notifying all players involved in the transaction

Kings Sign Kennedy:

The Powell River Kings are happy to announce the signing of 1997-born defenceman Brandon Kennedy. Kennedy, from Delta, joins the Kings from the Western Hockey League’s Moose Jaw Warriors where he suited up in 18 games, registering two assists. Prior to the Warriors, Kennedy played a season and a half with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, scoring once and adding 3 helpers in 40 games. Kennedy is expected in Powell River this week and is slated to make his debut on Friday in Surrey against the Eagles. The addition of Kennedy to the Kings brings the roster to the maximum of 22 players.

Chilliwack-Salmon Arm Trade:

The Chilliwack Chiefs trade 19 year old forward Mitch Skapski to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in exchange for future considerations. The Chiefs would like to thank Ryan and Mitch for everything they did both on and off the ice and wish them all the best with their new teams.

Trade Deadline Passes, Rivermen Confident Going Forward:

The New Year started off so well for the Langley Rivermen. They began with a 7-1 thumping on the Prince George Spruce Kings on January 3rd, but that has been the only win since the calendar year switched to 2016. Last week was one to forget for the Riv, as they suffered three straight road losses to Chilliwack, Cowichan Valley, and Victoria, which left them searching for answers. “I think this last week we got to frustrated and hard on ourselves, which is never a good thing. We know we are a better team than what we showed last week and I expect us to bounce the next time we step out on the ice,” said Rivermen goaltender Nick Trenciansky. The Rivermen this season have shown they can skate with the best teams in the league on any given night. They have had some impressive wins this season, such as ending the Penticton Vees 23 game winning streak, but other games (like last week), have not gone according to plan. “We have beaten real good teams like the Vees and Silverbacks who are at the top of the standings, but then on some nights, we don’t show up like on Sunday in Victoria. It can be a bit frustrating, however, it’s important we all remain positive and stay on the same page because we know who we really are. One bad weekend will not define us,” said second year forward Justin Szeto. For most players in the CJHL, the January 10 trade deadline is always in the back of their minds. No one wants to see a good friend/teammate get traded, but at the same time, it is important to stay focused on the task at hand. “I think some guys were thinking about it, but we cant’t control that kind of thing or use it as an excuse as to how we have been playing. With that said, the deadline has come and gone and it was nice to see we didn’t move anybody. This is the team we will have going forward and I think it goes to show the confidence the coaches have in us the rest of the way,” continued Trenciansky. What the Rivermen have now has been a group that Coach Henderson, Astle, and Fyffe have had a lot of faith in. After making various moves in the first three months of the season, the team has not made a transaction since trading Austin Cho to the OJHL on November 20. “We have a tight knit group in the dressing room and we believe in each other. I didn’t feel any changes were necessary and the coaches must of felt the same way. This is just a bump in the road and is better to get it out of the way now instead of playoff time,” finished Szeto. The Rivermen have two games this weekend. They will be in Coquitlam on Friday, January 15 at 7:00pm and the following night, welcome the Nanaimo Clippers to the LEC  for the first and only time this season at 6:00pm.

Nanaimo-Merritt Trade:

The league’s highest-scoring team added another high scorer at the trade deadline. The Nanaimo Clippers made one move Sunday, acquiring forward Gavin Gould from the Merritt Centennials in exchange for forward Zach Court and future considerations. Mike Vandekamp, Clippers general manager, said his team approached the deadline with certain needs in mind. “One of them was to try to add some more scoring to our forward group,” he said. “Obviously we’ve been sort of top-heavy with our scoring. “There was some other things that we were looking at and looking for, as well, but it was one of those years where there wasn’t, as you could see, a lot of movement.” Gould sits 10th in the B.C. Hockey League in scoring with 22 goals and 29 assists. The 19-year-old is 5-foot-8, 160 pounds and hails from North Vancouver. “He was the best-scoring forward available in our league with regards to a trade…” Vandekamp said. “He’s proven he can score; he’s also a feisty player. He’s not the biggest guy, but he plays hard.” Court had eight goals and eight assists with the Clippers. “It was not easy to part with him,” Vandekamp said. “He certainly did not do anything wrong to put himself in this position at all. He’s been a great teammate, worked hard every day.”

Victoria-OCN Trade:

The Victoria Grizzlies have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Braeden Cross(96)(F) from the OCN Blizzard of the MJHL in exchange for future considerations.

Chiefs Sign Bechtel:

The Chilliwack Chiefs sign 20 year old free agent defenseman Rylan Bechtel. Bechtel, a native of Chilliwack, spent three full seasons with the Cowichan Valley Capitals before beginning this season with the Prince George Spruce Kings. In 56 games with the Capitals last season he scored five goals and added 37 assists. Twenty three of those points, including two goals and 21 assists were scored on the power play. Bechtel made his debut with the Chiefs Sunday night vs Prince George.

Vees Stand Pat At BCHL Trade Deadline:

The Penticton Vees didn’t make any deals at the Junior-A hockey roster deadline Sunday but expect to improve from within over the coming weeks. The Vees did keep injured defenceman Gabe Bast on their final 22-man carded roster, but Vees GM/head coach Fred Harbinson said he wasn’t sure if the 19-year-old standout from Red Deer, Alta. would return at all this season. “Gabe likely won’t be able to play for another month, and possibly not at all,” said Harbinson. Bast has been limited to just six games in his second season with a nagging lower-body injury, collecting a goal and three points after racking up nine goals and 40 points in 2014-15. Counting Bast, the Vees have seven defencemen, along with 13 forwards and two goalies on the roster. The Vees also transferred rookie forward Desi Burgart to an affiliate card and he will be eligible to return to the Vees this week after playing the mandatory five games for the Okanagan Hockey Academy midget prep team. Harbinson said the Vees will be bolstered by the return of veteran forwards Mitch Brooks and Demico Hannoun from upper-body injuries. Brooks, who just turned 21, could be back by this weekend, while five-year BCHL’er Hannoun is about two weeks away. “It will give us four lines we can play against anyone,” said Harbinson. “We like what we have going forward.” The coach was philosophical after a 4-2 home-ice defeat to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Saturday, noting the Vees had gone 24 games dating back to Feb. 11 of last season since their last loss at the SOEC. “It was tough goal to give up to lose the game but we had a pretty good unbeaten run,” said Harbinson. The Vees still have a 17-point lead on second-place Salmon Arm as they bid for a league-record fifth straight division pennant.

Eagles Sign Mostat:

The Surrey Eagles have signed F Logan Mostat (97) who was playing with the KIJHL Chase Heat. The Salmon Arm product has 22-14-36 in 36 games this season with the Heat.

Salmon Arm-Coquitlam Trade:

The Coquitlam Express added to their forward depth at the trade deadline Sunday. They acquired Mitch Newsome (97) from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in exchange for future considerations.  The Surrey native has split this season with the Silverbacks and the Langley Rivermen. He has 3 goals and 8 assists in 34 games this season. He played his first full season in the BCHL last year with the Penticton Vees. In 85 career BCHL games Newsome has 10 goals and 25 assists for 35 points. He also added 1 goal and 1 assist last year as the Vees won Fred Page Cup. At the Western Canada Cup in Fort McMurray he chipped in with a goal. Newsome comes to the Express with a commitment to Michigan Tech for the fall of 2016. Welcome to the Express Mitch.

Spruce Kings Sign Raposo:

The Prince George Spruce Kings have signed "AP" forward  Dante Raposo from the KIJHL Kamloops Storm. Raposo has been an affiliated player with the Spruce Kings most of the season.

Alberni Valley-Steinbach Trade:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announce the acquisition of Michael Winnitoy from the Steinbach Pistons of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for Future Considerations. Winnitoy will bring much needed experience to the defense group. This season the 6-foot-3 defenseman has spent time with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and the Grande Prairie Storm prior to being acquired by the Pistons. Winnitoy is a product of the Calgary Royals Minor Hockey Association.

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