BCHL Bulletin: Bucks, Clippers, and Silverbacks add recruits, Lewis becomes boss in Wellington, and more!

Bucks bring in Redlick for 2023-24

The Cranbrook Bucks announced the signing of 2005-born forward Tyden Redlick for the 2023-24 B.C. Hockey League season on Friday.

Redlick, who is from St. Albert, Alta., played 37 games for his hometown Raiders U18 AAA team in the Alberta Elite Hockey League this past season. He posted four goals and 29 points in the regular season before adding four goals and 11 points in 10 AEHL playoff games.

He also played two games with Whitecourt of the Alberta Junior Hockey League as an affiliate player, registering four penalty minutes.

Clippers sign AJHL veteran Alvarez

On Friday, the Nanaimo Clippers added 106 games of junior hockey experience to their roster, signing 2003-born forward Noah Alvarez from the AJHL’s Camrose Kodiaks.

The native of Los Angeles, California put up 14 goals and 38 points in 60 games for the Kodiaks during the 2022-23 season, his second in the AJHL. He also added two goals and two assists in four playoff games.

Alvarez was selected by the Vancouver Giants in the 10th round of the 2018 Western Hockey League Prospects Draft.

Kobelka joins the Silverbacks blueline

University of Alaska-Fairbanks commit Chris Kobelka will join the Salmon Arm Silverbacks for the upcoming BCHL season. The 2003-born defender from Calgary spent the last season and a half with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the AJHL.

He finished the 2022-23 season with 10 goals and 42 points in 57 games for Fort Mac and then added two assists in four playoff games. Kobelka has some BCHL experience, playing 20 games in Trail during the 2021-22 season before being traded to the Oil Barons.

Kobelka posted a goal and three assists with the Smoke Eaters that season.

IceRays grab Bourgault from Salmon Arm

2003-born Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Mathieu Bourgault will play in the North American Hockey League in 2023-24 after signing a tender, which is a contract that gives a team his exclusive rights, with the Corpus Christi IceRays.

Bourgault, who hails from St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Que., wrapped up the 2022-23 season with one assist in 13 games with the Silverbacks due to injury. The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute commit notched two goals and five points in 14 playoff games as Salmon Arm made it to the Interior Conference final.

Vees hire Armstrong as athletic trainer and equipment manager

The Penticton Vees announced the hiring of Josh Armstrong as the team’s new head athletic trainer and equipment manager. According to a Vees’ news release, Armstrong holds an Athletic Therapy Degree from Mount Royal University and is certified in functional rehabilitation, athletic therapy, massage therapy, and myofascial release.

The Saint John, N.B. product spent the last six seasons as the trainer for the AJHL’s Sherwood Park Crusaders. Prior to joining them, he was the trainer for the Peninsula Panthers of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.

Lewis jumps back into junior hockey with Wellington

56-year-old Kent Lewis (48 goals, 64 assists in 99 games with Esquimalt and Nanaimo from 1982-86) has been hired by the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League as head coach and director of hockey operations.

Lewis, who hails from Powell River, B.C., is a three-time BCHL coach of the year with his hometown Kings and spent a total of 16 seasons as their head coach between 1990 and 2018. He was also the Nanaimo Clippers head coach and general manager for two seasons from 1998-2000.

Morley departs from Frisk Asker

After two seasons with Frisk Asker of Norway’s Fjordkraft-ligaen, forward David Morley (25 goals, 51 assists in 52 games with Victoria in 2010-11) won’t return to the club in 2023-24.

The 32-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont. put up 14 goals and 50 points in 37 games with Frisk Asker during the 2022-23 season, his seventh in the Norwegian league.