When the BCHL announced it had to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 season due to COVID-19, I decided to create the BCHLNetwork All 20-year-old teams to pay respect to the players who had their season come to an end. Yes, they were already in the second round of the playoffs, but try telling that to a player who has sacrificed so much to have their season end without a shot at a National Junior A Championship.
After posting the All 20-year-old team’s article and seeing the response it received I decided to do this for all age groups. It started with the 20-year-olds that were aging out, then I did the 19-year old teams. Now, here is the inaugural BCHLNetwork All 18-year-old teams.
Goalie – Joe Howe (Coquitlam Express)
Howe came over to Coquitlam midseason after being traded from the Grizzlies. He finished the year with 10 wins and 16 losses in 31 games, posted 3.72 goals-against-average, and earned a .896 save percentage. The Barrie, Ontario product will likely be back in Coquitlam this season and then is off to Cornell University for the 2021-22 season.
Defenseman – Cooper Moore (Chilliwack Chiefs)
Moore had a great rookie season with the Chiefs leading the backend in scoring with 12 goals and adding 21 assists in 55 games. The native of Cos Cob, Connecticut even chipped in during the postseason with a goal and two assists in six games against the Surrey Eagles. The 2019 fifth-round pick of the Detroit Red Wings will be heading to the University of North Dakota in the fall.
Defenseman – Nick Bochen (Prince George Spruce Kings)
Bochen had a dominant season patrolling the blueline for the Spruce Kings scoring six goals and adding 27 assists in 44 games. The product of Vancouver also notched a single goal and an assist in a four-game playoff series against the Trail Smoke Eaters. As of right now, it looks like he will be heading to Quinnipiac University in the fall.
Forward – Greg Lapointe (Coquitlam Express)
Lapointe played a huge part in the incredible season the Express had as he led the team with 29 goals and 31 assists in 56 games as a rookie. His success carried over into the offseason where he added a goal and two assists in a four-game sweep over the Rivermen. The product of Granby, Quebec heads to St. Lawrence University this upcoming season.
Forward – Nikita Nesterenko (Chilliwack Chiefs)
Nesterenko came into Chilliwack as a rookie and asserted his dominance right away. He finished the season with a point per game, scoring 20 goals and 36 assists in 56 games. A product of Brooklyn, New York, Nesterenko also added two assists in a seven-game playoff loss to the Eagles. The 2019 sixth-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild is committed to Boston College for next season.
Forward – Nicholas Poisson (Prince George Spruce Kings)
Poisson had his coming out party this season with the Spruce Kings. He scored 21 goals and added 36 assists in 49 games, which was an improvement over the previous season where he had 30 points in 58 games. The Vancouver product wore a letter this season as an assistant captain and he is off to Providence College in the fall.
Goalie – Jackson Glassford (Alberni Valley Bulldogs)
Glassford had a strong rookie season with the Bulldogs finishing with 12 wins and seven losses in 21 games. The native of Qualicum Beach, BC posted a 3.25 goals-against-average and .915 save percentage throughout the regular season. As it stands right now, all signs point to Glassford returning to the Bulldogs next season.
Defenseman – Davis Pennington (Powell River Kings)
Defenseman – Ben Wozney (Powell River Kings)
Wozney had a huge improvement this season compared to his rookie year. He finished with four goals and 22 assists in 58 games and in his first season with the Kings he only had seven assists in 27 games. The product of Richmond, BC is committed to Bowling Green State University for the 2020-21 season.
Forward – Matthew Crasa (Cowichan Valley Capitals)
Crasa had a standout rookie season with the Capitals scoring 25 goals and picking up 19 helpers in 51 games. His consistent play carried over to the playoffs as he was able to earn a point per game in a series against the Kings, scoring four times and adding a single assist in five games. The New York native is eligible to return to the Caps this fall.
Forward – Luc Wilson (Cowichan Valley Capitals)
Wilson finished his second season with the Capitals leading the team in scoring with 19 goals and 34 assists in 55 games. His dominant play carried over to the playoffs where he scored a goal and added six assists in five games. Wilson was recently traded to the Penticton Vees ending his two seasons with his hometown team. The product of Duncan, BC is committed to Minnesota State University for the 2021-22 season.
Forward – Cody Monds (Victoria Grizzlies)
Monds had a dominating rookie season with the Grizzlies leading the team with 22 goals and 37 assists in 57 games, he also added two assists in four playoff games. The Brockville, Ontario native is headed to Providence College in the fall and there is a chance he hears his name called at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft as he is ranked 214th by Mckeen’s Hockey.
Goalie – Johnny Derrick (West Kelowna Warriors)
Derrick came into his rookie season with the Warriors and earned a record of 10 wins with 17 losses in 38 games, he also earned a win in five playoff games against the Vees. He finished the season with a 3.30 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage. The product of Victoria, BC will most likely be back between the pipes for West Kelowna when the season starts up.
Defenseman – Trevor Griebel (Wenatchee Wild)
Griebel was able to come into Wenatchee this season as a leader and triple his offensive output from his rookie season. His first year with the Wild saw him put up two goals and five assists in 54 games, well this season saw him add five goals and 16 assists in only 41 games. As of right now, Griebel is expected to return to Wenatchee next season.
Defenseman – Nicholas Kent (Vernon Vipers)
Kent found his way back to the BCHL after playing in 24 games with the Wild during the 2017-18 season. This year, he found a home with the Vipers where he scored a single goal and added 13 assists in 41 games. Before joining Vernon, Kent found himself splitting the 2018-19 season between the Ontario Junior Hockey League and the US Hockey League. All signs point to Kent returning back to Vernon for this upcoming season.
Forward – Danny Weight (Penticton Vees)
Weight had a great rookie season with the Vees, scoring 25 times and chipping in with 35 assists in 58 games. He continued to score in the playoffs with four goals and four assists in a five-game series against the Warriors. The product of Lattingtown, New York is ranked 142nd by NHL Central Scouting for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and heads to Boston College this upcoming season.
Forward – Jackson Niedermayer (Penticton Vees)
Niedermayer had a huge offensive improvement this season with the Vees compared to his rookie season. He scored 23 goals and 22 assists in 52 games while in his rookie season he only had six points in 36 games. His hot play continued in the playoffs as he was able to add two goals and four assists in five games. The Newport Beach, California native is heading to Arizona State University in September 2021.
Forward – Nick Cafarelli (Wenatchee Wild)
Cafarelli is another rookie that led his team in points this season finishing with 17 goals and 23 assists in only 42 games, he also added two goals in five playoff games against the Vipers. The product of Middleton, Massachusetts is committed to the University of New Hampshire for this upcoming season.