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BCHL: At the turn, it’s Chiefs, Grizzlies, Vees

  January 13, 2019 Since our last league overview a week before Christmas, two of the three league divisions have new leaders.   Island Division Victoria Grizzlies are the the only team to have maintained their #1 status at the top of the Island division, since our last overview on December 17. They are 5-2-0-0 Read More »

Byram’s 5 point night sets Giants franchise record

January 13, 2019 Bowen Byram’s draft status continues soar after his record breaking night on Saturday at the Langley Events Centre. The 17-year-old set a new single-game Vancouver Giants record for defencemen with two goals and three assists in a 7-4 win over the Kamloops Blazers in front of 4,200 fans. Vancouver Giants (25-12-2-0) kicked Read More »

WHL – Seth Bafaro headed back to BC

  January 8, 2019 by Robert Murray Defenceman Seth Bafaro is back in his home province following a trade last Wednesday between the Saskatoon Blades and the Vancouver Giants. In return, the Blades have received a fifth-round selection in the 2021 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft. The 5-foot-11, 186-pound defenceman from Kamloops, B.C. was originally selected Read More »

WHL – Tyson Feist headed to Regina

  January 8, 2019 by Robert Murray Defenceman Tyson Feist is headed north of the border following a deal last Thursday between the Spokane Chiefs and Regina Pats. “Tyson has waived his no trade clause as he is looking for more ice time,” said Chiefs general manager Scott Carter. “We wish him the best in Read More »

WHL – high scoring Hannoun moves to PA for stretch run

  January 8, 2019 If it wasn’t clear before, it is now; the Prince Albert Raiders are going for it. A six-piece trade between the Raiders and Victoria Royals has sent overage forward Dante Hannoun to northern Saskatchewan last Thursday. Also headed to the Royals in the deal are fourth and eighth round selections in Read More »

WHL Trade – Rybinski to join Seattle Thunderbirds

  January 8, 2019 by Robert Murray The Medicine Hat Tigers and Seattle Thunderbirds came together on a trade Friday, sending 17-year-old forward Henrik Rybinski to the U.S. Division. In return the Tigers acquired 15-year-old defensive prospect Aidan Brook, a second-round selection in the 2019 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft and a third-round selection in the Read More »

Ian Mitchell – Logan Hunter

January 4, 2018 by Jason La Rose, Hockey Canada 12.31.18 Ian Mitchell lost his best friend in the Humboldt tragedy; now the “kid from Calahoo” is playing for more than just a gold medal in Vancouver Logan Hunter always told Ian Mitchell that when Mitchell inevitably made Canada’s National Junior Team, he’d travel wherever he Read More »

WJC – Canada out, as Finns tie late and win in OT

    Canada goalie Michael DiPietro, front, kneels on the ice after Finland eliminated Canada with an overtime win in their world junior hockey championship quarter-final in Vancouver on Wednesday. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)     Just 47 seconds from going to semifinals, host team going home after quarter-final loss Gemma Karstens-Smith · The Canadian Press Read More »

WJC – Captain Comtois’ UFC inspired pump-up is a big hit

          December 31, 2018 Frank Seravalli, TSN Senior Hockey Reporter VANCOUVER — When Maxime Comtois first began shouting his Bruce Buffer-inspired, UFC-style pregame pump up in the tunnel, the rest of Team Canada didn’t know exactly how to react. “I didn’t know what was going on,” forward Shane Bowers said. “I Read More »

World Juniors New Year’s Eve – Canada – Russia lineups

  December 31, 2018 by Justin Blades How to watch Puck drop: 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST In Canada: TSN1, TSN4 (English,) RDS2 (French) In the United States: NHL Network Live stream: TSN Direct, RDS Direct New Year’s Eve games are an annual tradition at the World Junior Hockey Championship, and Canada usually Read More »

Rockets finish 2018 at .500

  Marissa Baecker photo December 30, 2018 The Kelowna Rockets split their back to back home and home series vs the Kamloops Blazers with a 2-1 victory at Prospera Place Saturday night. Luke Zazula (3) got the Blazers on the board first when he squeaked the puck between Rockets starter, Roman Basran’s pad and the post Read More »

Canada up 2-0 in WJC so far, next up Czechs

  December 28,  2018 Vancouver, British Columbia After an almost embarrassing 14-0 blowout of Denmark in their World Junior Championship opener on Boxing Day, Canada faced a much tougher adversary in Switzerland last night, coming away with a 3-2 decision, after a late goal from the Swiss made things interesting. Canada will play two more games Read More »

Canada downs Slovaks 6-1 in final WJC prelim

  December 22, 2018 Jason La Rose VICTORIA, B.C. – Cody Glass (Winnipeg, Man./Portland, WHL) had a goal and two assists for the second game in a row, and Canada’s National Junior Team rode a big first period to a 6-1 win over Slovakia on Friday night ahead of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. Read More »

2019 World Juniors – Team reviews

  Jack Hughes, Canadian fan, Filip Zadina   December 21, 2018 by Steve Kournianos, The Sporting News The IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship, known colloquially as the World Juniors, is hockey’s premier annual prospect event that gives us the feel of playoff intensity smack in the middle of the NHL season. For many, it’s the Read More »

CJHL announces Prospects Game Rosters – 11 BCHL invites

Prospects Game goes Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Okotoks, Alta. CALGARY- The Canadian Junior Hockey League, in partnership with the National Hockey League and Hockey Canada, as well as in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting, announced Tuesday the playing rosters for the upcoming CJHL Prospects Game, which will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7:30 Read More »

Hockey Canada unveils WJC Poster

    by Jason La Rose The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship host committee has launched the look that will splashed across Vancouver and Victoria during the holiday tournament. The ‘Canadiana’ branding ties into the #REPRESENT theme that has been front and centre since tickets were launched for the World Juniors just over a year Read More »

Giants Wrap 2018 With a Thrilling 2-1 Win Over PG

  December 17, 2018 The Vancouver Giants are heading into their holiday break on a winning note. Sunday night in Langley in front of 3500-plus at the LEC the Vancouver Giants (22-8-2-0) earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Prince George Cougars (11-19-1-2). Brayden Watts notched both goals for the Giants, the latter of which Read More »

Goaltender Mike DiPietro gets second chance at world juniors dream

December 15, 2018 Courtesy SportsNet.ca VANCOUVER — A stark message sporadically popped up on Mike DiPietro’s phone over the past year. “Got cut from world juniors,” it read. After missing out on wearing the Maple Leaf in last year’s IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, the up-and-coming goalie set the alert to act as motivation, pushing Read More »

World Juniors: 6 more released – 11 out now

  December 15, 2018 COLWOOD, B.C. — Six players were released Friday from Canada’s world junior hockey team roster and one veteran forward was ruled out of the upcoming championship tournament due to injury. Eleven players have left the team in the past two days, with four cuts Thursday, six more Friday and the announcement Read More »

World Juniors: USports win final WJC tune-up 5-1

    CANADA DOWNED BY U SPORTS IN SELECTION CAMP FINALE by Jessica Gowans VICTORIA, B.C. – Owen Tippett (Peterborough, Ont./Mississauga, OHL) scored, but Canada’s junior hopefuls dropped a 5-1 decision to the U SPORTS all-stars Friday afternoon in the finale at Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp. Despite the final score, Michael Read More »

World Juniors: Canada opens WJC vs Denmark Boxing Day

  CANADA-RUSSIA RIVALRY TO HEADLINE NEW YEAR’S EVE MATCH-UPS AT 2019 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP     VANCOUVER & VICTORIA, B.C. – Canada will face Denmark to open the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship when the red-and-white hits the ice at home in search of a second-consecutive gold medal this December. Here’s the full tournament Read More »

USA downs Russia 2-0 for World Junior A Gold

    December 17, 2018 by Justin La Rose BONNYVILLE– Isaiah Saville turned aside all 25 shots he faced, Bobby Brink and Trevor Janicke provided the offence and the United States claimed gold at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge with a 2-0 win over Russia on Sunday. It’s the eighth gold medal at the tournament Read More »

Canada West wins Bronze vs Czech

  December 17, 2018   BONNYVILLE– Team Canada West capped off its 2018 World Junior A Challenge with a bronze medal, defeating the Czech Republic 3-1 at the R.J. Lalonde Arena in Bonnyville on Sunday. After suffering a 3-2 overtime loss to the United States in the semifinals, Team Canada West rebounded in the bronze Read More »

Johnson commits to Wolverines

    December 17, 2018 Sixteen year old Trail Smoke Eaters rookie forward Kent Johnson will be following in his head coach’s footsteps when he makes the jump to the collegiate level in 2020-21, as he has committed to play for the University of Michigan Wolverines. After getting in a pair of games last season Read More »

PJHL: Wolf Pack lead by 9, Pilots by 3

    December 17, 2018 PJHL Update Tom Shaw Conference Wolf Pack still way in front, but suffer first shutout defeat There was no change in the standings of the Tom Shaw Conference this week, however, top dogs North Vancouver Wolf Pack were handed a rare defeat, at the hands of the Grandview Steelers, 4-0 Read More »

Canada West drops games to Russia and Czech

  December 13, 2018 GAME 4, 5-4 SO CZECH REPUBLIC Canada West now 2-2-0 at World Junior A Challenge by Justin Rose After being blanked by the Russians 3-0 on Wednesday, Canada West fell 5-4 in a shootout to the Czech Republic Thursday night at the RJ Lalonde Arena, in Bonnyville, Alberta. The loss was Read More »

40 selected for CHL Top Prospects Game, 3 BC born

  December 13, 2018 The Canadian Hockey League in association with National Hockey League Central Scouting have announced the 40 players who will compete in the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. The 24th annual showcase features the top CHL prospects eligible for this year’s NHL Draft, Wednesday January 23, 2019, at the ENMAX Centrium, home Read More »