BCHL Bulletin: Spruce Kings add two new recruits, Smith commits to Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and more!

Murphy signs with the Spruce Kings

The Prince George Spruce Kings have signed 2003-born forward Dom Murphy of Worcester, MA for the 2022-23 season. The right winger posted 13 goals and 53 points in 28 games this past season at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA.

He added four goals and five points in five games with the Boston Jr. Bruins of the National Collegiate Development Conference. Murphy is committed to playing NCAA hockey at College of the Holy Cross in September 2023.

Smith takes his game to NCAA Division III hockey

2001-born Powell River Kings netminder Matthias Smith has committed to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for this September.

Smith, who hails from Courtenay, BC, was 2-10-3 with a 4.26 goals-against average, and an .889 save percentage in 18 games with the Kings since signing with them last November.

Chiefs add McNicholas to their crease

The Chilliwack Chiefs have brought in 2004-born goaltender Austin McNicholas as a new recruit for the 2022-23 BC Hockey League season.

McNicholas is a native of Clarence Center, NY, who posted a 1.78 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in 17 games with Salisbury School in 2021-22. He also played with the Buffalo Regals 18U AAA squad.

He appeared in one game for Team USA at the 2021 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and made 18 saves in a 10-0 shutout win over Germany.

Edwards jumps from the Capitals to the Giants

2005-born Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Matthew Edwards signed a Western Hockey League standard player contract with the Vancouver Giants on Tuesday.

Edwards, a product of Saskatoon, SK, had three goals and six points in 43 games with the Capitals this past season. He didn’t register any points in Cowichan Valley’s first-round playoff loss to Alberni Valley.

The right winger made his WHL debut in the Giants’ 6-2 game three playoff loss to Everett on Wednesday, finishing minus-2 with five penalty minutes. He was Vancouver’s fourth-round selection, 76th overall, in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.

PG bolters its crease with Winn

The Prince George Spruce Kings have recruited Westford, MA native Colin Winn for the 2022-23 season.

The 2004-born goaltender spent 2021-22 with the NCDC’s Boston Jr. Bruins, where he put up a 25-12-5 record, a 2.58 goals-against average, a .919 save percentage, and four shutouts.

He also played one game with the US National U18 Team in the US National Development Program this past season.

Allepot and Chudley commit to U SPORTS schools

Chilliwack Chiefs defender Anthony Allepot has committed to playing U SPORTS hockey at the University of Western Ontario this fall.

The 2001-born blueliner from Trois-Rivières, QC had two assists in 20 games with the Chiefs after being acquired from Penticton in early January.

He also chipped in with a goal and 11 points in 27 games with the Vees before the trade. Allepot is also a veteran of 198 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games with Val-d’Or.

Meanwhile, Chiefs defender Jordan Chudley is off to the University of Windsor to play U SPORTS hockey in September as well.

Chudley, a 2001-born native of Souris, MB, notched a goal and six points in 34 games with Chilliwack after signing in late October.

He also played three games this past season with WHL’s Tri-City Americans. Chudley played 94 WHL games with the Ams, Spokane, and Kootenay during his four-year junior career.

Turnbull and Hammond share BCHL broadcaster award

Vernon Vipers play-by-play broadcaster Graham Turnbull and Alberni Valley Bulldogs play-by-play voice Evan Hammond are the co-winners of the 2021-22 BCHL Broadcaster of the Year award.

The winners were selected by a vote of all 18 of the league’s broadcasters and Turnbull and Hammond each received the same number of votes.

Turnbull, who’s an alumnus of the BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment Program, also won the award in 2018. This past season was his 10th behind the mic in the BCHL.

Hammond is now a three-time winner of the award. He first started calling Bulldogs games on the radio in Port Alberni back in 2003.