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WHL – Kelowna Rockets Clinch Playoff Spot

  March 7, 2020 The Kelowna Rockets are the 15th Western Hockey League team to secure a spot in the 2020 WHL Playoffs following a 6-0 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds Friday night at Prospera Place. With the victory, the Rockets improved to 28-27-3-3 on the season through 61 games, giving them 62 points. The Read More »

BCHL – Playoff Update – Round 1 complete

    March 7, 2020 Surrey Eagles downed Chilliwack Chiefs, in games 6 and 7, after being shut out 3-0 in game 5 on Thursday to advance through to the second round of the playoffs – the last team to get through The Eagles will now play the Coquitlam Express, who swept Langley – one of four Read More »

BCHL – Express sweep Rivermen

      March 5, 2020 Coquitlam Express – 5 Langley Rivermen – 4 Massimo Rizzo scored twice and Will Margel chipped in with three assists as the Coquitlam Express outlasted the Langley Rivermen 5-4 Wednesday night to complete their first-round series sweep and advance to Round 2 of the BCHL Playoffs. Coquitlam’s Connor Gregga Read More »

BCHLers at top of NCAA National Award Winners

March 6, 2020 Another week, another award for Victoria Grizzlies alum Alex Newhook, but this time on a national scale. Plus, Alberni Valley Bulldogs grad Keaton Mastrodonato gets his name on a pair of conference awards and two other BC natives are recognized for the second time this year.   National Player of the Month/Rookie Read More »

BCHL – Vees take out WK in 5 with OT winner

  March 4, 2020     Penticton Vees – 5 West Kelowna Warriors – 4 (OT) The Penticton Vees are moving on to the second round thanks to late-game heroics from Carson Kosobud and Jackson Niedermayer as they beat the West Kelowna Warriors 5-4 in overtime to take the series in five games. West Kelowna Read More »

BCHL – Cowichan Valley eliminate Powell River in 5

  March 6, 2020 Cowichan Valley Capitals – 2 Powell River Kings – 1 (OT) Matthew Crasa’s fourth of the playoffs tied the game in the final minute and Luc Wilson’s power-play goal in overtime clinched the series as the Cowichan Valley Capitals beat the Powell River Kings 2-1 to win their opening-round series in Read More »

BCHL – Clippers take Bulldogs in 4 Straight

March 5, 2020 Nanaimo Clippers – 2 Alberni Valley Bulldogs – 1 Jordan Naylor made 34 saves, Ethan Scardina had a goal and an assist and Tim Washe’s second of the postseason stood up as the series-winning goal as the Nanaimo Clippers came back to beat the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 2-1 in Game 4 to Read More »

BCHL – Playoff Game Recaps

    March 1, 2020 Cowichan up 2-0 Cowichan Valley Capitals – 7 Powell River Kings – 6 (OT) Primo Self had a hat trick and Brady Lynn registered a two-point night, including the game-winning goal with just over six to play in the first overtime period as the Cowichan Valley Capitals outlasted the Powell Read More »

U-Sask Huskies down UBC T-birds, but big prize still out there

    March 1, 2020 “It was pretty surreal how crazy the fans were tonight to give us energy and push us through today.” by Darren Zary, Saskatoon StarPhoenix They put up a sign at Merlis Belsher Place saying “Sold Out.” The banner, a few hours later, would declare its hockey residents “Canada West men’s Read More »

Giants Wrap Up Weekend With a 4-1 Loss to the Victoria Royals

The Vancouver Giants (32-22-3-2) earned four of six possible points this weekend against Victoria. Sunday afternoon the Victoria Royals (31-23-5-2) earned a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Giants in the third game of a three-in-three weekend. Brandon Cutler led the Royals with a goal and two assists while goaltender Adam Evanoff stopped 33 of Vancouver’s Read More »

Scottie Upshall hangs ’em up

  February 24, 2020 By Robert Murray Scottie Upshall has announced his retirement from professional hockey. The Fort McMurray, Alberta product most recently appeared in the National Hockey League for the St. Louis Blues. This season, Upshall had taken his talents to Europe, playing in Switzerland’s National League with HC Ambri-Piotta. After playing for his hometown Read More »

BCHL – Playoff Matchups Set, Final Scoring stats

  February 24, 2020 The BCHL regular season wrapped up over the weekend, and the matchups are all set for the 2019-20 Shaw BCHL Playoffs. The first round will consist of eight best-of-seven series in the Interior, Island and Mainland Divisions. Teams have the option to choose a 2-2-1-1-1 format or a 2-3-2 based on Read More »

WHL – Giants win streak ends at 11

  February 24, 2020 For the first time in a span of 12 games, the Vancouver Giants lost a hockey game. Saturday night in front of nearly 8000-strong in Everett, WA the Giants (30-21-3-2) dropped a 2-1 decision to the Everett Silvertips (39-12-3-1). Gage Concalves’ power play goal late in the third period broke up Read More »

WHL – Giants win streak now at 10

  February 17, 2020 With three wins over the holiday weekend, the Vancouver Giants have extended their winning streak to 10, and are now just one point back of second place Victoria Royals in the BC Division. Their most recent win was 3-2 Monday afternoon decision in a testy rematch at home vs the Seattle Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

2012 Penticton Vees to BC Hockey Hall of Fame

    January 28, 2020 The BC Hockey Hall of Fame announced Monday that the 2012 Penticton Vees will be part of the 2020 Hall of Fame class to be inducted on July 24 at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The 2012 Vees had a historic season that year, posting a 54-4-2 record during their 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 »

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 »

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 »