The NHL playoffs are now underway and of the 16 clubs taking part, all but one have at least one BCHL alumnus on their roster or hockey staff.
Altogether, there are 14 former BCHLers skating in this year’s postseason and 11 alums among the coaching fraternity and respective hockey operations groups.
There are 14 different BCHL franchises, past and present, with alums in the NHL playoffs. The Penticton franchise is represented by five past members while the Nanaimo Clippers and Coquitlam Express have four.
By first-round playoff series matchup, the complete list of former BCHL players now playing, coaching or in the front office of NHL playoff teams is as follows:
Winnipeg Jets vs. Anaheim Ducks:
Jets captain Andrew Ladd (Coquitlam Express) and goalie coach Wade Flaherty (Nanaimo Clippers)
Ducks defenceman Clayton Stoner (Powell River Kings)
Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues:
Wild director of player development Brad Bombardir is a former Powell River Kings defenceman
Blues assistant coach Ray Bennett is the father of Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Kale Bennett.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators:
Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith (Penticton Panthers)
Predators forward Mike Santorelli (Langley Hornets/Vernon Vipers)
Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks:
Flames forward David Jones (Coquitlam Express), general manager Brad Treliving (Penticton Knights) and assistant general manager Brad Pascall (Richmond Sockeyes/Langley Eagles)
Canucks Assistant coach Doug Lidster (Kamloops Chiefs/Rockets) and director of player development Stan Smyl (Bellingham Blazers)
Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens:
Senators forwards Kyle Turris (Coquitlam Express) and Colin Greening (Nanaimo Clippers), goalie Andrew Hammond (Surrey Eagles/Vernon Vipers), defenceman Patrick Wiercioch (Coquitlam Express)
Canadiens goalie Carey Price (Quesnel Millionaires)
Detroit Red Wings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning:
Red Wings defenceman Dan DeKeyser (Trail Smoke Eaters), general manager Ken Holland (Vernon Vikings) and assistant coach Jim Hiller (Alberni Valley Bulldogs)
Lightning defenceman Jason Garrison (Nanaimo Clippers)
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers:
Penguins forward Beau Bennett (Penticton Vees) and player development coach Mark Recchi (Langley Eagles)
Rangers forward Tanner Glass (Penticton Panthers/Nanaimo Clippers) and director of pro scouting Kevin Maxwell (Penticton Vees)
New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals:
No Islanders players or staff
Capitals professional development coach Olaf Kolzig (Abbotsford Falcons)