BCHL seeks financial assistance from BC government
BCHL seeks financial support from provincial government during COVID-19 crisis.
— BC Hockey League (@GoBCHL) April 22, 2020
The BC Hockey League put out a news release on Wednesday regarding its desire to seek financial support from the government of BC due to losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
BCHLNetwork co-founder and managing editor Brian Wiebe spoke with BCHL commissioner Chris Hebb after the announcement was released.
Grizzlies forward Westhaver named BCHL Community Hero Award winner
— BC Hockey League (@GoBCHL) April 21, 2020
Victoria Grizzlies forward Marty Westhaver is the final recipient of the BCHL Community Hero Award for the 2019-20 season. During his four seasons in Victoria, the 21-year-old volunteered to coach minor hockey, visited schools, and helped raise money for cancer research.
Vipers forward Sleeth commits to SUNY-Oswego
COMMITMENT ALERT – Sleeth Commits to Oswego State
— VernonVipers (@VernonVipers) April 22, 2020
Vernon Vipers forward Connor Sleeth has committed to attend NCAA Div. III SUNY-Oswego this September. Sleeth, 21, had six goals and 19 assists in 57 games with the Vipers in 2019-20.
Smokies star Johnson is a finalist for CJHL MVP
#cjhlhockey names Arjun Atwal, @SPcrusaders (@theAJHL); Kent Johnson, @BCHLSmokeEaters (@GoBCHL); Devon Levi, @CPCANADIANS (@TheCCHL); Brodie MacArthur, @SsideCapitals (@THEMHL) & Caleb Serre, @BeaversNOJHL (@NOJHL) finalists for MVP in 2019-20. Details: https://t.co/R6rhqJ9Oa4 pic.twitter.com/kdlWJORti0
— CJHL (@cjhlhockey) April 22, 2020
Trail Smoke Eaters forward Kent Johnson is one of five finalists for CJHL Most Valuable Player for the 2019-20 season. Johnson was BCHL MVP, leading scorer and Most Sportsmanlike Player this past season after putting up 41 goals and 60 assists in 52 games.
Cents defenceman Clark traded in the WHL
— The WHL (@TheWHL) April 22, 2020
Merritt Centennials defenceman Braydon Clark had his Western Hockey League rights traded from Prince Albert to Spokane on Wednesday for a 2022 sixth-round bantam draft pick.
Clark had one goal and two assists in 16 games with Merritt in 2019-20. The 18-year-old signed with the Cents on Nov. 20 after being released from Prince Albert’s active roster.
Spruce Kings hire Walkey as new trainer
NEWS | The Spruce Kings are thrilled to announce PG product Joel Walkey as the new Trainer!
Welcome home, Joel!
— Prince George Spruce Kings (@SpruceKings) April 22, 2020
The Prince George Spruce Kings have hired Joel Walkey as trainer for the 2020-21 season. Walkey was trainer for the Saanich Braves of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League for the past three seasons.
Incoming Chiefs defenceman O’Connor wins scholarship
Kennedy O’Connor is our 2019-20 Joe Birarelli Scholarship Fund award winner. He also took home our first Cultural Hero and Legacy Award @Chiefs_Hockey @UMassHockey @JoesOnARoll @TBirell @Waterstlobster pic.twitter.com/Gz0NmtZLe4
— Loomis Boys Hockey (@LCBoysHockey) April 22, 2020
Defenceman Kennedy O’Connor, who is committed to play for the Chilliwack Chiefs, earned the Joe Biraelli Scholarship Fund award from The Loomis Chaffee School. O’Connor also won the team’s first Cultural Hero and Legacy Award.
O’Connor, 18, is committed to the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) to start in September 2021. He had three goals and 14 assists in 32 games as captain for Loomis.
Brubacher signs AHL contract with New York Islanders
Excited to sign my first AHL professional contract with the New York Islanders organization. Can’t thank my family, teammates, coaches, and @RITMHKY enough for helping make this opportunity possible, and my last 4 years at school unforgettable.🔵🟠 pic.twitter.com/rVHQK8Li2z
— Adam Brubacher (@AdamBrubacher) April 23, 2020
Defenceman Adam Brubacher (18 goals, 31 assists in 58 games with Prince George and Powell River) has signed an AHL contract with the New York Islanders, whose minor league affiliate is the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Brubacher wrapped up a four year NCAA career at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he put up 26 goals and 80 assists in 148 games.
Three Stars of the Night ⏪ April 23, 2016
First Star: West Kelowna defenceman Rylan Yaremko had three assists as the Warriors doubled Chilliwack 4-2 in game six to win the 2016 Fred Page Cup championship series.
Second Star: Warriors forward Bryan Basilico had a pair of assists in the win.
Third Star: Chilliwack forward Vimal Sukumaran posted a goal and an assist in the loss.
Honourable Mentions: Chiefs goaltender Aidan Pelino made 33 saves. West Kelowna goaltender Keelan Williams stopped 36 shots. Warriors forward Kylar Hope scored the game-winner at 6:54 of the third period.