Brian Wiebe – Co-founder and Managing Editor, @Brian_Wiebe
Brian’s been involved in the BCHL in a variety of capacities for 17 years. From 2002 to 2012, he served in several roles around the Merritt Centennials organization, including as team president, board member, beat writer, colour commentator, webmaster, media and communications coordinator, and marketing assistant.
He’s been writing about the BCHL since 2008 and served as colour commentator on the TSN 1040 broadcasts in 2012-13. BCHLNetwork is one of Brian’s many passion projects that he balances around his full-time job as an instructor in the Radio Arts & Entertainment Program at BCIT in Burnaby.
Eric Clarke – Chilliwack Chiefs beat, @Eric_mascot93
Eric has been a hockey fan for his entire life, following it from junior B to the NHL to former Chilliwack Chiefs players in Europe and coaching. He’s watched the Chiefs for 22 years. Before he came on board with the BCHLNetwork, he was the Chiefs’ mascot for two seasons, the first as Chief Wannawin and the second as the very first Belle. He was part of the team that won the 2018 national championship. In his spare time, Eric draws and plays darts.
Kyle Rutherford – Coquitlam Express beat, @KRutherforddj
Kyle has been involved with the Coquitlam Express for 15 years in the role of DJ and Music Coordinator. His music resume features the Vancouver Giants, Abbotsford Heat, Simon Fraser University men’s hockey, North Vancouver Wolf Pack, and many others. He is a huge Calgary Flames fan and avid sports fan in general. Kyle spends the off-season providing music for Lacrosse games in the Western Lacrosse Association.
Chris Keck – Cranbrook Bucks beat, @CK885
Chris has been involved in the game of hockey his entire life, from playing, to coaching, to officiating junior hockey. He is now taking a step back and expressing my passion for the game through sports writing, where he looks forward to doing great things with the BCHLNetwork team!
Jason Jhutti – Penticton Vees beat, @JasonJhutti
A life long hockey fan and after the realization he wasn’t that great, Jason decided the next best thing is to write about hockey. He is currently studying at BCIT in the Broadcast and Online Journalism program and covering the Penticton Vees.
Brendan Pawliw – Prince George Spruce Kings beat
Brendan lives in Prince George and currently works for Country 97FM, 94.3 The Goat, and MyPGNow.com and has done so since 2015. He also had the chance of calling the two best seasons in Prince George Spruce Kings’ history where they won the Fred Page and Doyle Cup. He also attended the 2019 National Junior A Championship where the Spruce Kings made the final. In addition, he has done play-by-play the last six years for the UNBC Timberwolves soccer and basketball programs.
Riley Fonger – Salmon Arm Silverbacks beat, @RileyFonger
Hockey has been part of Riley’s life ever since he can remember strapping on the pads. Starting out as goaltender with hopes to play in the BCHL, Riley found himself end his career with Fernie in the KIJHL. Now Riley has decided to pursue a path in writing at the University of Victoria but has no ambition to leave the game. Riley now hopes to combine his knowledge of junior hockey and writing skills to bring a dynamic perspective to BCHLNetwork.
Brieann Knorr – Vernon Vipers beat, @ItsBrieann
Brieann has a passion for hockey and sports media. She lives in Vernon and has been a supporter of the Vipers for her entire life. In 2014 she obtained a diploma in broadcasting from Mount Royal University in Calgary. Brieann is looking forward to using her skills to cover the Vipers and junior hockey.
Clifford Hofferd – Victoria Grizzlies beat, @CHofferd
Clifford went to school in the Victoria area but currently lives in Prince George and is an avid fan of hockey at all levels. His alma mater is UNBC, having graduated in 2015. He follows the Spruce Kings, the Western Hockey League’s Prince George Cougars, and the Vancouver Canucks.
Paul Figler – Co-founder and CEO, @Paul_Figler
Paul has been involved with hockey since he could put skates on his feet. The Western Hockey League became a passion for him when he moved to Red Deer in 2012. DUBNetwork is one of many passion projects Paul has, he’s currently working on his degree in Business Management.