With the remainder of the BCHL season canceled in the second round of the playoffs due to COVID-19, the BCHLNetwork All 20-year-old teams were born. Now, after the response that the article got, I have decided to take a deep dive into each age group, and up next is the 2000 birth year. Similar to the all 20-year-old teams, I’ll take a look at each division and come up with the inaugural BCHLNetwork all 19-year-old teams.
Goalie – Mathieu Caron (Chilliwack Chiefs)
Caron once again had a very consistent season with the Chiefs. In fact, in all three seasons in Chilliwack he had 18 wins. His record this season was 18-13-5-0 in 42 games, including three shutouts, finishing with a 2.62 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. The Abbotsford, BC product also had a strong first round in the playoffs this year. In a seven game series loss to the Eagles, he had three wins and posted a 2.69 GAA and a .915 SV%. Caron is expected to head to Brown University in the fall.
Defenseman – Drew Cooper (Coquitlam Express)
This past season, Cooper had a breakout year with the Express, putting up ten goals and 25 assists in 58 games. He then followed that up with an assist in four playoff games. His play was a significant improvement from his first season in Coquitlam when he put up five goals and ten assists in 46 games. The native of Ann Arbor, Michigan is expected to be back in the Express line up in the fall and then off to Ferris State University in 2021-22.
Defenseman – Steven Bellini (Coquitlam Express)
Bellini led the back end of the Express in scoring this season with eight goals and 30 assists in 46 games. Before joining the Express he played two seasons in the NOJHL for the Soo Thunderbirds where he scored ten goals and added 65 helpers in 107 games. In a sweep over the Rivermen in the playoffs this season, Bellini added a goal and three assists. The product of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario will join Minnesota State University this upcoming season.
Forward – Brendan Budy (Langley Rivermen)
Budy’s return to Langley was a huge boost for the team. He previously spent two seasons with the Rivermen, one as team captain before heading to the University of Denver in 2018-19. However, after playing six games with Denver, he left and joined the Tri-City Storm of the USHL putting up a point per game in 31 games. This season with the Rivermen, Budy scored 19 goals and added 30 assists in 50 games. He also added a goal and an assist in four playoff games. He was selected to play for Canada West in the World Junior A Challange where he scored a goal and added an assist in four games. The local Langley, BC product will head to the University of North Dakota in the fall.
Forward – Hudson Schandor (Surrey Eagles)
Schandor played a big part in the Eagles success this season. He finished second in team scoring with 35 goals and 36 assists in 56 games and a was on fire during the playoffs, picking up four goals and five assists in the seven game series against the Chilliwack Chiefs. Prior to playing in Surrey, Schandor played two seasons for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks scoring 25 goals and chipping in with 28 assists in 91 games. Schandor, who is from North Vancouver, is heading to the University of Connecticut in the fall.
Forward – Cristophe Tellier (Surrey Eagles)
Saying that Tellier had a huge season with the Eagles is an understatement. He finished the year second in the league scoring race with 28 goals and 43 assists in 58 games. The previous season he played for the Wenatchee Wild and he put up ten goals and 20 assists in 53 games. During the playoffs this season he added five helpers in six games. The Sherbrooke, Quebec native will head to Quinnipiac University this upcoming season.
Goalie – Jordan Naylor (Nanaimo Clippers)
Naylor made a huge statement with his play on the ice this past season. He finished with a record of 30-9-2-0, an incredible six shutouts, a 2.02 GAA and a .935 SV%. Naylor shut the door in the playoffs as well, in four games he picked up four wins, held a 2.25 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. The Aldergrove, BC native was also nominated as a finalist for the BCHL’s top goaltender award. The expectation is that he will be back between the pipes for the Clippers this upcoming season.
Defenseman – Tim Gould (Alberni Valley Bulldogs)
Gould was the top-scoring defenseman on the Bulldogs this season with seven goals and 17 assists in 58 games, also adding a single assist in four playoff games. Before coming to the BCHL, he played two seasons in the SJHL for the Notre Dame Hounds, where he scored 19 goals and had 41 helpers in 105 games. The native of Moncton, New Brunswick is headed to the University of Maine in the fall.
Defenseman – Robby Drazner (Nanaimo Clippers)
Drazner finished up his best offensive season with the Clippers scoring five goals and adding 29 assists in 58 games. It was an improvement from his rookie season where he hit the scoresheet with four goals and had 16 helpers in 57 games. He is expected to return to the Clippers next season and then the product of Buffalo Grove, Illinois will be heading to Miami University for the 2021-22 season.
Forward – Ethan Scardina (Nanaimo Clippers)
Scardina finished the season in second place on the Clippers in points with 22 goals and 25 assists in 50 games, also notching three goals and four assists in three playoff games. He had quite the BCHL career, starting with a single game with the Vernon Vipers, then in 2017-18, he played 48 games with the Cowichan Valley Capitals and picked up 26 points. Scardina was then traded to Nanaimo in 2018-19 where he added 56 points in 54 games this past season as team captain. The White Rock, BC native is headed to Bowling Green State University in the fall.
Forward – Henri Schreifels (Victoria Grizzlies)
Schreifels ended this past season second on the Grizzlies with 24 goals and 21 assists in 56 games. The Agoura Hills, California native came to the BCHL in 2018-19, starting with the Penticton Vees where he played three games, he then joined the Alberni Valley Bulldogs for three games before finding his home in Victoria where he scored six goals and picked up nine helpers in 38 games. Schreifels also picked up a goal and an assist in four playoff games this season and will be heading to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall.
Forward – Josh Kagan (Nanaimo Clippers)
Kagan came to the BCHL after playing a season in the MJHL for the Winkler Flyers. Last season he played on three different BCHL teams. He started with the Cowichan Valley Capitals, was then traded to the Merrit Centennials at the end of September, only to be traded back to the Island, this time to the Nanaimo Clippers in December. In 53 games, he scored 25 goals and added 17 assists. Kagan is expected to return to the Clippers next season.
Goalie – Yaniv Perets (Penticton Vees)
Perets was a wall between the pipes for the Vees this season. He finished with a record of 25-8-1-0 in 37 games, earned five shutouts, a 2.19 GAA and a .918 SV%. His hot play continued into the playoffs with him seeing action in five games, getting four wins and posting a 1.96 GAA and a .921 SV%. The Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec product is committed to Quinnipiac University for the 2021-22 season.
Defenseman – Conner Hutchison (Penticton Vees)
Hutchison had a breakout season this year with the Vees, scoring six goals and adding 36 assists in 58 games. He also scored once in the postseason and added five assists in five games. This past season represented a huge offensive increase from his previous season where he suited up in 22 games with the Vees, scoring twice and adding eight assists. The product of Hicksville, New York heads to the University of Vermont to start his college career in the fall.
Defenseman – Drew Bavaro (Wenatchee Wild)
Bavaro came into Wenatchee and led the charge from the back end right away. He was the Wild’s top-scoring defenseman with nine goals and 25 assists in 51 games. In five playoff games against the Vernon Vipers, Bavaro was able to pick up a single assist. The Sarasota, Florida native is currently committed to Bentley University for this upcoming season.
Forward – Owen Ozar (Trail Smoke Eaters)
Ozar had his coming out party this season for the Smoke Eaters, scoring 26 goals and picking up 40 assists in 54 games, plus he added two goals and two assists in four playoff games. It was a big improvement from his rookie season in Trail where he scored 14 goals and 12 assists in 42 games. Back in April, the Smokies announced that Ozar will serve as team captain in the upcoming season before he heads to the University of Denver for the 2021-22 season.
Forward – Lukas Sillinger (Penticton Vees)
Sillinger just finished up his third season with the Vees, where he scored 22 goals and added 37 assists in 56 games. He was on pace to have a big postseason as he scored a goal and added five helpers in a five game series win over the West Kelowna Warriors. His previous two seasons in Penticton saw him light the lamp 21 times and add 24 assists in 90 games. Sillinger, who is from Regina, Saskatchewan is off to Bemidji State University in the fall.
Forward – Philippe Lapointe (Trail Smoke Eaters)
Lapointe had a huge season with the Smoke Eaters. Although it was hampered with injuries, he was still able to put up 20 goals and 33 assists in only 36 games. The Smoke Eaters captain also added three goals and two assists in four playoff games. Prior to joining Trail, Lapointe split two seasons in the USHL with the Lincoln Stars and the Central Illinois Flying Aces, where he had 65 points in 119 games. The pride of Hinsdale, Illinois will attend the University of Michigan in September.