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54 former BCHL players included on NHL training camp rosters


A total of 54 players who skated in the BC Hockey League are featured on NHL training camp rosters, which have been unveiled gradually by the league’s 31 teams over the first handful of days of 2021.

All 31 teams have now opened training camp for a shortened season due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The New York Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks were the last two teams to announce their training camp rosters, doing so on Monday.

The BCHL compiled its own list of alumni featured on NHL training camp rosters but didn’t include players who were affiliates in the league and as such, the number is six less than posted here.

The Detroit Red Wings lead the way with six players who have BCHL experience in camp. The Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, and Nashville Predators each feature three players who skated in the BCHL.

Boasting 14 former players on the list of training camp attendees, the Penticton Vees lead all BCHL clubs. Salmon Arm, West Kelowna, and Coquitlam/Burnaby are next with six each. Merritt has five former players while Surrey and Victoria each have four.

The Trail Smoke Eaters and Nanaimo Clippers each have three former players attending NHL camps while Chilliwack, Langley, and Prince George feature two each.

Cowichan Valley, Powell River, Quesnel, and Vernon have one former player among all attendees.

Former BCHL players attending NHL training camps:

Most recent BCHL club listed last.

Anaheim Ducks (3)
Derek Grant (Langley Chiefs)
Josh Manson (Salmon Arm Silverbacks)
Danton Heinen (Merritt Centennials/Surrey Eagles)

Arizona Coyotes (1)
Dryden Hunt (Trail Smoke Eaters)

Buffalo Sabres (2)
Matt Irwin (Nanaimo Clippers)
Steven Fogarty (Penticton Vees)

Calgary Flames (2)
Milan Lucic (Coquitlam Express)
Colton Poolman (Penticton Vees)

Carolina Hurricanes (2)
Jason Cotton (West Kelowna Warriors)
Sheldon Rempal (Nanaimo Clippers)

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Chicago Blackhawks (1)
Duncan Keith (Penticton Panthers)

Colorado Avalanche (3)
Hunter Miska (Penticton Vees)
Tyson Jost (Penticton Vees)
Devon Toews (Surrey Eagles)

Columbus Blue Jackets (3)
Zac Dalpe (Penticton Vees)
Brad Thiessen (Penticton Vees/Prince George Spruce Kings/Merritt Centennials)
Riley Nash (Salmon Arm Silverbacks)

Dallas Stars (1)
Jamie Benn (Victoria Grizzlies)

Detroit Red Wings (6)
Dennis Cholowski (Chilliwack Chiefs)
Michael Rasmussen (Penticton Vees)
Troy Stecher (Penticton Vees)
Taro Hirose (Salmon Arm Silverbacks)
Danny DeKeyser (Trail Smoke Eaters)
Kevin Boyle (West Kelowna Warriors)

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Edmonton Oilers (3)
Kyle Turris (Burnaby Express)
Jujhar Khaira (Prince George Spruce Kings)
Tyson Barrie (Victoria Grizzlies)

Florida Panthers (1)
Chase Priskie (Salmon Arm Silverbacks)

Minnesota Wild (3)
Brad Hunt (Burnaby Express)
Brandon Duhaime (Merritt Centennials)
Andrew Hammond (West Kelowna Warriors/Surrey Eagles/Vernon Vipers)

Montreal Canadiens (2)
Carey Price (Quesnel Millionaires)
Jake Lucchini (Trail Smoke Eaters)

Nashville Predators (3)
Dante Fabbro (Langley Rivermen/Penticton Vees)
Ryan Johansen (Penticton Vees)
Colton Sissons (West Kelowna Warriors)

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New Jersey Devils (2)
Ben Street (Salmon Arm Silverbacks)
Travis Zajac (Salmon Arm Silverbacks)

New York Islanders (2)
Andrew Ladd (Coquitlam Express)
Mathew Barzal (Coquitlam Express)

Ottawa Senators (1)
Mike Reilly (Penticton Vees)

Pittsburgh Penguins (1)
Brandon Tanev (Surrey Eagles)

St. Louis Blues (2)
Curtis McKenzie (Penticton Vees)
Tyler Bozak (Victoria Grizzlies)

Tampa Bay Lightning (2)
Gage Goncalves (Chilliwack Chiefs)
Jack Finley (Penticton Vees/West Kelowna Warriors)

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Toronto Maple Leafs (1)
Alexander Kerfoot (Coquitlam Express)

Vancouver Canucks (2)
Josh Teves (Merritt Centennials)
Jordie Benn (Victoria Grizzlies)

Washington Capitals (2)
Daniel Carr (Powell River Kings)
Justin Schultz (West Kelowna Warriors)

Winnipeg Jets (2)
Laurent Brossoit (Cowichan Valley Capitals)
Cole Kehler (Merritt Centennials)