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WHL – BC #1 Blazers win Wild One 7-6 OT

  February 17, 2020 Kamloops Blazer’s Logan Stankoven had two goals and two assists and Kyrell Sopotyk had three goals in a 7-6 overtime win at home Monday afternoon, over the Victoria Royals. Orrin Centazzo scored the overtime winner as the Blazers improved to 35-16-3-1 on the season and lead the B.C. Division by 10 Read More »

PJHL – North Van Wolf Pack set regular season record, 40-3-1

February 17, 2020 The first round of the Pacific Junior Hockey League playoffs are now underway. The Tom Shaw Conference quarter-finals are being played between #1 North Van and #4 White Rock, and #2 Richmond Sockeyes and #3 Grandview Steelers. In the Harold Brittain Conference, it’s #1 Langley Trappers vs #4 Mission Outlaws, and #2 Read More »

BCHL – Kent Johnson hits 100 point mark in WK

  February 17, 2020 by Wayne Moore, Castanet Kent Johnson and his Trail Smoke Eaters teammates were just too much for the West Kelowna Warriors Monday afternoon. A consensus first round pick in the 2021 NHL draft, Johnson, a Port Moody native, had three assists while linemate Owen Ozar scored twice as the Smokies up-ended Read More »

BCHL – Express down Smokies 5-2 in Trail

  February 16, 2020 by Eddie Gregory Massimo Rizzo scored twice and added an assist as the Coquitlam Express picked up their 45th win of the season with a 5-2 road win Saturday vs the Trail Smoke Eaters. The team had clinched first place the night before with a 5-3 win in Penticton. https://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/9643 The Read More »

BCHL – Coquitlam Express clinch #1 Seed

  February 16, 2020 by Eddie Gregory For the first time in franchise history, the Coquitlam Express will finish with the top record in the BCHL, after posting a 3-2 road win over the Penticton Vees at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, on Friday night. https://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/9633 The Express secured the record, while Penticton Read More »

BCHL – Express stymied by NCAA school admission rules

    February 17, 2020 The Coquitlam Express have announced that their leading goal-tender, Clay Stevenson, played his final junior hockey game Friday night in Penticton. The team also made a statement to clarify the situation regarding his NCAA commitment and eligibility to play junior hockey after his 21st birthday. “Clay’s performance this season helped Read More »

WHL – Giants win 7th straight

  February 14, 2020 With another strong performance last weekend, followed up by a win Wednesday, the Vancouver Giants stretched their BC Division lead to six points over the top Western Conference Wildcard Kelowna Rockets, who have been rattled with a series of injuries to key players. On Saturday, the Giants defeated the struggling Prince Read More »

Canucks Babych and Lumme to Kitimat for BCHL Road Show

  February 10, 2020 The BCHL and LNG Canada have teamed up with the Vancouver Canucks Alumni for a Road Show event in Kitimat, this coming weekend. The Road Show will feature the defending Fred Page Cup Champion Prince George Spruce Kings and their Mainland Division rivals the Langley Rivermen playing a pair of games Read More »

Coquitlam’s Rizzo looking forward to next steps

  February 3, 2020 Coquitlam Express forward Massimo Rizzo is coming off the most frustrating year of his young career. Last year, 2018-19, was his draft year, but he spent the majority of it rehabbing major injuries. “Everybody wants to get drafted and play in the NHL,” said Rizzo. “It was pretty frustrating, having to Read More »

BCHL – New team, two conferences for 2020-21

  February 3, 2020 The BCHL will be changing shape next season, after the BCHL Board of Governors approved a new configuration at its semi-annual meeting on January 23. Realignment With the expansion Cranbrook Bucks beginning their inaugural campaign next year, the Board voted in favour of changing to a two-conference system with nine teams Read More »

BCHL – update – Coquitlam, Penticton, Nanaimo still leading

      January 28, 2020 The BCHL is nearing the end of the 58 game regular season – a couple of teams have already completed 50 games. Here’s a quick overview of current standings, scoring leaders and top goalies.   The Coquitlam Express, continue to lead the league, but now by a much thinner margin Read More »

Rockets win 3 of possible 6 pts on weekend

      January 28, 2020 By Travis Lowe, Global News The Kelowna Rockets managed to squeak out a 3-2 overtime victory against the Seattle Thunderbirds at Prospera Place on Friday night. Former T-Birds captain and now-Rocket Matthew Wedman provided the overtime heroics, scoring the winning goal. On Saturday night, the team headed down to Read More »

BC Hockey Hall of Fame announces 2020 Inductees

  January 28, 2020 The BC Hockey Hall of Fame have announced this year’s group of inductees. The awards will be presented Friday, July 24th at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, BC.   Eric Brewer (Player Category)   Eric Brewer, who played his minor hockey in Ashcroft and Kamloops is one of four Read More »

BCHL – 18 alumni nominated for Hobey Baker

        January 22, 2020 The first batch of nominees for the NCAA’s Hobey Baker Award have been announced and there are 18 BCHL alums up for the honour. The award is based on the following criteria: Strength of character, on and off the ice Contribution to the integrity of the team and Read More »

PJHL Update – Wolf Pack juggernaut

    January 22, 2020 This year it’s all North Vancouver Wolf Pack – who have been dominating the Pacific Junior Hockey League since the start of the season. The Pack are now a full 20 points up on #2 Richmond Sockeyes, and are posting a remarkable +146 goal differential after 37 games. That’s 86 Read More »

33 CSSHL players selected in NHL Central Scouting midterms

      January 14, 2020 A total of 33 former Canadian Sport School Hockey League student athletes have landed on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm ranking of the top players eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft. Twenty-eight CSSHL alums are listed on the North American Skaters list, including seventh-ranked Kaiden Guhle, while four former CSSHL Read More »

Musa leading BCHL Energy Player of the Game ranks

    January 13, 2020 It’s a tight race at the top of the BCHL’s FortisBC Energy Player of the Game rankings. Forward Joseph Musa of the Langley Rivermen, a native of Orange Park, Florida, with 7 notches, is one game up on three others – Brandan Dent (F, Nanaimo Clippers, Prince George), Logan Terness Read More »

BCHL grads in NCAA Spotlight this week

  January 8, 2020 NCAA conferences handed out weekly and monthly awards this week and the BCHL was well-represented as 10 former players from the league were honoured. ECAC Rookie of the Week Ethan Leyh – Freshman – Quinnipiac University (Langley Rivermen) Leyh played a key role for the Bobcats this weekend, as they extend Read More »

Top 200 NA skaters – NHL Central Scouting midterms

    January 13, 2020 NHL Central Scouting today released its midterm 2020 NHL Draft rankings. Here’s the Top 200 North American skaters listed. R Skater Ht Wt Pos Current Team League 1 LAFRENIERE, ALEXIS 6′ 1″ 196 LW RIMOUSKI QMJHL 2 BYFIELD, QUINTON 6′ 4″ 215 C SUDBURY OHL 3 DRYSDALE, JAMIE 5′ 11″ Read More »

51 WHL players crack NHL Central Scouting midterms

  January 13, 2020 NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft includes 51 WHL players. Nine WHL skaters cracked the top 30 North Americans. Four WHL goalies were listed in the top 10 North American goaltenders. The top ranked WHL skater, at #7 is defenceman Kaiden Guhle (Prince Albert Raiders / Sherwood Read More »

Top 200 NA skaters – by league and country

    January 13, 2020 NHL Central Scouting today released its midterm 2020 NHL Draft rankings. Here’s an overview of the Top 200 North American skaters (no goalies), by country/league. In summary, players toiling in Canadian leagues (which includes some US and European players), make up almost two thirds of the total (64.5%) – 129 Read More »

BCHL – update – Coquitlam, Penticton, Nanaimo leading

      January 5, 2020 The BCHL is now about three quarters through the 58 game regular season. Here’s a quick overview of current standings, scoring leaders and top goalies.   League Standings   Mainland The Coquitlam Express, continue to lead the league by a good margin. They’re now 36W-5L in 41 games, with an Read More »

Jayden Lee named ECAC Rookie of the Week

  January 5, 2020 ECAC Rookie of the Week Jayden Lee – Freshman – Quinnipiac University (Powell River Kings) Lee scored his first-career goal on Saturday night, helping Quinnipiac earn a 3-1 win over Princeton in the front end of a home-and-home series. He also anchored an impressive defensive performance on Sunday while recording a Read More »

Naylor named BCHL Player of the Month

  January 5, 2020 Nanaimo Clippers goaltender Jordan Naylor has been named the FortisBC Player of the Month for the month of December. Naylor led the BCHL with a .940 save percentage in the month and was also tops in goals-against average with a mark of 1.83. His two shutouts were also the most in Read More »

Thrilling WJC Gold Medal for Canada vs Russia

  January 5, 2020 by Andrew Podnieks, IIHF Akil Thomas chased down a loose puck, just reaching it the top of the crease, then cut hard to the left and managed to slide a backhand into the net as he fell, breaking a 3-3 tie at 16:02 of the third and giving Canada a dramatic Read More »

WJC – Finns eliminate USA in QF

  January 2, 2020 by Lucas Aykroyd, IIHF The defending champs are still rolling. Joonas Oden scored in the third period to give Finland a 1-0 win over the U.S. and a berth in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship semi-finals. On the power play, Kristian Tanus, Finland’s leading scorer (2+6=8), looked off the U.S. Read More »

Buono named BCHL Player of the Week

  December 23, 2019 Merritt Centennials forward Christian Buono has been named the Subway BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 22. The 19-year-old from Burnaby, B.C. tallied five goals and one assist over the Cents’ four games last week. After being held off the scoresheet in Wednesday’s loss to the Powell Read More »

BCHL – update – Express, Vees, Caps lead

    December 15, 2019 The BCHL is now about 65% through their 58 game regular season. Here’s a quick look at the key stats. Standings Mainland Leading the league overall are the Coquitlam Express, with 30 wins and just five losses in 35 games, for 60 points. The Express now lead second place Chilliwack Read More »