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BCHL weekend recap

  September 17, 2017 Here are summaries of BCHL game action over the weekend, along with league standings (scroll to end) to date. Most teams have played three or four games so far, though defending champion Penticton Vees have only played two. Powell River, Vernon and Prince George have opened the early divisional leads.   Read More »

Penguins sign Jordy Bellerive

  September 16, 2017 Jordy Bellerive has put the disappointment of the 2017 NHL Draft behind him in a big way. After going unselected at the NHL’s annual restocking, the Lethbridge Hurricanes energizer joined Pittsburgh Penguins training camp on an invite, where he put his best forward en route to earning a three-year, entry-level contract Read More »

WHL Roundup – preseason wrapping up

  by Robert Murray Everett Silvertips (5) at Seattle Thunderbirds (1) Everett (5-2-0-0) // Seattle (1-6-0-0) Five different skaters scored for the Everett Silvertips Saturday against the Seattle Thunderbirds, but it was Jake Christiansen’s short-handed goal that stood up as the game-winner. The Tips scored five straight goals with Reece Harsch’s late third period goal for the Read More »

Rockets ready for season opener

  September 15, 2017 by Kevin Bain One week from today the Kelowna Rockets will open the regular season against the Kamloops Blazers here at Prospera Place. With game one fast approaching, Assistant Coach Kris Mallette says right now is about teaching systems. “The time right now is used to work on new systems we’re trying Read More »

NV’s Mack Gray notches first in AJHL opener

September 16, 2017 It was an ideal start to the 2017-18 AJHL season for the Lloydminster Bobcats Friday night at the Centennial Civic Centre. Opening their season at home against the Bonnyville Pontiacs, the Bobcats doubled-up their Viterra North Division rival 4-2. “I thought the guys played really well,” said Bobcats Assistant Coach Taylor Holt. Read More »

WHL Pre-season Friday night recap

September 15, 2017   The second last day of the Western Hockey League’s pre-season schedule saw five games take place across the league Friday night. Here are the recaps: Kamloops Blazers (5) at Prince George Cougars (3) Kamloops (2-2-0-1) // Prince George (3-3-0-0) It’s not about how you start, but how you finish, a statement that rang Read More »

WHL pre-season underway

  September 9, 2017 By Robert Murray A nine-game schedule Friday in Western Hockey League pre-season action brought teams a day closer to the regular season while the battle for roster spots and starting jobs continued across the league.   Portland Winterhawks (8) at Kootenay ICE (3) Portland (3-2-0-0) // Kootenay (0-2-0-0) The Winterhawks’ offence Read More »

BCHL season opens

  September 9, 2017 The BCHL got underway last night – here are the recaps from Day 1.   Surrey 5-4 OT vs Langley Despite falling behind 3-0 early in the second period, the Surrey Eagles rallied and wound up getting the OT winner from newly acquired Ryan Brushett in a 5-4 home win over Read More »

Reichel hattie opens Rebel pre-season

September 2, 2007 by Greg Meachem Rebels 5 Hitmen 3 Playing his first official game as a Red Deer Rebel, Kristian Reichel couldn’t have hoped for a more successful debut. The 19-year-old Czech Republic native scored just 19 seconds into Friday’s WHL preseason tournament contest at the Centrium, then added two more goals to lead Read More »

Cougars open with a pre-season win

  September 2, 2017 Vladislav Mikhalchuk scored twice and Kody McDonald scored late, as the Prince George Cougars topped the Edmonton Oil Kings 3-2 in WHL pre-season action at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta. GAME STATS McDonald snapped a 2-2 tie in the third, as he tracked a bouncing puck to the net, Read More »

Giants down to 35 into pre-season game

      September 1, 2017   The Giants have pared main camp prospects to 35 in preparation for pre-season. Remaining players include: Goaltenders (5): Trent Miner (01) Todd Scott (00) Jacob Wassermann (00) David Tendeck (99) Ryan Kubic (98)   Defencemen (10): Tanner Brown (02) Bowen Byram (01) Kaleb Bulych (00) Alex Kannok-Leipert (00) Read More »

T-birds sign Byrks, Schwebius, McNelly and Huo

  KENT, August 30, 2017 — Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell has announced the signing of four players to WHL Standard Player Agreements. Centers Graeme Bryks, goalie Cole Schwebius, defenseman Cade McNelly and center Samuel Huo. All four players are eligible to play in the T-Birds first preseason game on Friday against the Vancouver Read More »

Giants down T-birds in pre-season opener

  September 1, 2017 The Vancouver Giants defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-1 Friday morning in the first game for both teams at the Delta Hotels Preseason Classic at Xfinity Arena in Everett. Play will continue Saturday when the T-Birds face the Everett Silvertips Saturday, September 2 at 7:00 pm. The Classic ends for the T-Birds Read More »

Rockets pare to 33 in advance of pre-season game

  September 1, 2017 Main Camp Roster Update The Kelowna Rockets wrapped up their main camp Thursday in preparation of their first preseason match up vs the Victoria Royals at home Saturday. The Rockets reassigned James Bohn, Cole Brooks, Jared Bucci, Caden Creasy, Cole De Koninck, Dylan Esau, Jordan Frey, Brett Fudger, Brandon MacKenzie-Kochen, Carter Read More »

PG Cougars camp wrap – Black now 5-0

    August 29, 2017 The Prince George Cougars main camp wrapped up Monday night with the traditional Black vs White game. And again, for the fifth year in a row, Black prevailed, capitalizing on a late penalty to claim the Rob Charney Cup. On their third power-play of the game, Team Black’s O’Rourke busted Read More »

Returning Royals ready for action

August 28, 2017 by Cleve Dheenshaw, Times Colonist With the Victoria Royals having no first-round Western Hockey League bantam draft picks in 2016 or 2017, there is little buzz surrounding this weekend’s Royals rookie camp, although this is a team known for drafting well in the mid and late rounds. Make no mistake, the veteran-laden Read More »

Kelowna Rockets camp – Day 2 recap

August 28, 2017   The Kelowna Rockets main camp continued on Sunday morning with day two. “Camp’s going really good! I’ve played two scrimmages and practiced once so far. I was a little tired from the five K run and all the testing but other than that it’s good so far,” Rockets forward Tomas Soustal Read More »

PG Cougars camp – Day 2 recap

August 26, 2017  After fitness testing, orientation and a Young Guns Game, Saturday was highlighted by five scrimmages at Prince George Cougars Training Camp inside the CN Centre. It was the first real opportunity for the roughly 100 players in attendance to make an impression on the Cougars’ brass. The veterans did what many expected Read More »

PG Spruce Kings camp wraps Sunday a.m.

    August 25, 2017 by Ted Clarke, Prince George Citizen Adam Maglio’s initiation as a B.C. Hockey League head coach is about to begin. The 31-year-old native of Nelson has had four months to get used to the fact he will be calling the shots behind the Prince George Spruce Kings bench since Chad Read More »

PG Cougars camp underway

  August 25, 2017 The Prince George Cougars launched their 2017 training camp today, with registration, the annual Rookie game, and goalie sessions kicking off day one. Five teams hit the ice Sunday in a series of of games that wrap up Monday with a Black and White Intersquad game. Friday, August 25 4:00 PM Read More »

Rockets wrap rookie camp

  August 25, 2017   by Kevin Bain Friday morning marked the end of the Kelowna Rockets rookie camp, and the start of main camp. Since Tuesday morning six teams of rookies have been battling out two games a day with the final game for each team going this morning. Kelowna’s 6th round selection in the Read More »

BCHL College Commitments

    August 24, 2017 Here’s the list of 147 BCHL players from the 2016-2017 season who have NCAA commitments for the coming season and next. Penticton leads the pack with 19 commitments, followed by Wenatachee – 15, Langley and Chilliwack – 13, and Victoria and Vernon – 11. In the next group, Alberni, Coquitlam, Read More »

Cents down Silverbacks in first ex game

  August 24, 2017 Merritt Centennials down the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 7-4 last night, in their first exhibition game of season 45 at home. The Cents played a lineup of consisting of all prospects with the exception of veteran Zach Court. Head coach and GM Joe Martin says 8 players were released before the game, Read More »

College free agent Kerfoot signs with Colorado Avalanche

    August 23, 2017 Nathan Caddell, Georgia Straight College free agents often have to base their decision on where they might be able to get playing time, as they typically become available on August 15, after most teams have made their player personnel decisions. Teams of course will do their best to encourage players Read More »

Newton heading to U Alaska

    August 21, 2017 It’s never too late to get some good news. While the new season is already getting close, Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Max Newton recently got confirmation he’s going off to NCAA Div. I hockey at the University of Alaska. The native of Vancouver notched career highs with 25 goals and Read More »

BCHL main camps getting underway

  August 21, 2017 Main training camps for all 17 BCHL clubs opened today, with exhibition games starting Wednesday. Returning players and hopefuls have reported to their respective communities and will begin competition for the last few spots available on the rosters. All on-ice training camp activities are open to the public and fans are Read More »

Dan O’Connor named Vancouver Giants Play by Play Broadcaster

August 14, 2017 The Vancouver Giants announced on Monday that Brendan Batchelor has accepted a new career opportunity and will be moving on from the team while Dan O’Connor has been named the new Director of Media Relations and Play-by-Play Broadcaster for the club. Batchelor is moving to Sportsnet 560 to call the Vancouver Canucks, alongside ex-Canuck Read More »

Kaedan Korczack – Rockets Prospect

  August 8, 2017 By Zach Cromier, WHL Network The Kelowna Rockets have a long history of developing top-tier defensemen in the WHL.  From NHL All-Star and two-time Olympic champion Shea Weber to 2017 first-round NHL Draft pick Cal Foote, the Rockets organization has developed some of the best defensemen the league has to offer.  And with his 16-year-old season Read More »

Foote to Compete in Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup

  August 1, 2017 by Kevin Bain Kelowna Rockets forward Nolan Foote was among 22 players named by Hockey Canada as they wrapped up their five-day National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp. Those named will represent the nation at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup Aug. 7-12 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia. Foote competed for Canada once Read More »