BCHL Bulletin: Bucks, Eagles, Vees, and Express sign new recruits, MacGillivray leaves Cowichan Valley, and more!

Bucks bring in Yakesh for 2023-24

The Cranbrook Bucks have brought in 2003-born defender Brady Yakesh for the upcoming B.C. Hockey League season. Yakesh, who hails from Delano, Minnesota, is committed to the University of Minnesota to start his NCAA career in September 2024.

Yakesh spent the 2022-23 season in the United States Hockey League split between the Madison Capitols and Sioux Falls Stampede. In 57 USHL games, he tallied two goals and 15 points.

Comishock agrees to join Surrey this season

2004-born forward Ryan Comishock has committed to joining the Surrey Eagles for his first season in the BCHL. The product of Enosburg Falls, Vermont spent last season in the North American Hockey League.

Comishock earned 16 goals and 33 points in 57 games with the Lone Star Brahmas as a rookie player. He also chipped in two assists in five NAHL playoff games.

Vees add McIsaac for 2023-24

2004-born defender Nate McIsaac of Kelowna, B.C. has signed with the Penticton Vees for the 2023-24 season.

McIsaac played 44 games with the Summerland Steam of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League in 2022-23, earning four goals and five assists. He also played four KIJHL playoff games but didn’t register any points.

Express nab Morrell from the USHL

2003-born forward Logan Morrell has signed with the Coquitlam Express for the 2023-24 season. Morrell has committed to NCAA Division I Michigan Tech University for the 2024-25 season. The school is located in Houghton, Michigan.

Morrell, who is from Mesa, Arizona, split the 2022-23 season between the USHL’s Omaha Lancers and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. With Omaha, he scored one goal and one assist in six games. With Cedar Rapids, he had four goals and one assist in 24 games.

MacGillivray signs with AJHL Lloydminster

Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Dalton MacGillivray has signed with the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for the 2023-24 season. MacGillivray was acquired by the Capitals from Chilliwack for future considerations on June 21.

MacGillivray, a 2004-born native of Surrey, B.C., tallied eight goals and 15 points in 44 games with the Chiefs. He also notched four goals and one assist in 14 games for Chilliwack in the BCHL Fred Page Cup playoffs.

BCHL unveils Interior Conference Kyle Turris Community Award winners

The BCHL announced the nine winners of the Kyle Turris Community Award from the Interior Conference for the 2022-23 season on Thursday. Each team in the conference submitted its winner for the award.

The recipients from the Interior Conference for this season are:

Cents bring in Campbell as B.C. scout

The Merritt Centennials announced on Wednesday the addition of Brian Campbell (three goals, four assists in six games with Richmond in 1982-83) as British Columbia regional scout.

Campbell was previously a scout for the Langley Rivermen. He is the owner and director of Two Way Hockey, which is a hockey school in Burnaby, B.C.

Eminger is added to Merritt’s scouting staff

Merritt also announced on Thursday that 42-year-old John Eminger has joined the Centennials as the Toronto regional scout.

Eminger, who hails from Vaughan, Ont., will serve as an assistant coach for the Toronto Titans U18 AAA team in the Greater Toronto Hockey League U18 division for the seventh season in 2023-24.

Russell re-ups with the Icemen

27-year-old defender Connor Russell (13 goals, 48 assists in 157 games with Penticton, Cowichan Valley, and Prince George from 2014-17) has agreed to a contract extension with the Jacksonville Icemen of the ECHL for the 2023-24 season.

Russell, from Guelph, Ont., had one assist in 29 games split between the Icemen, South Carolina Stingrays, and Iowa Heartlanders in 2022-23. He also got into 14 games with Huntsville of the Southern Professional Hockey League and notched one assist.

Newell goes from Sweden to Orlando

Forward Patrick Newell (16 goals, 31 assists in 56 games with Penticton in 2014-15) signed a deal for 2023-24 with Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL.

The 27-year-old from Thousand Oaks, California had three goals and 15 points in 30 games with SödertĂ€lje SK of Sweden’s HockeyAllsvenskan this past season. Newell started the year with four goals and nine points in 17 games for Hungary’s FehĂ©rvĂĄr AV19 in the ICE Hockey League.

Winslow turns pro with the Wheeling Nailers

20-year-old Avery Winslow (two goals, four assists in 35 games with Wenatchee in 2018-19) inked his first pro contract with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers on Thursday.

The St. Pete Beach, Florida native was an alternate captain for North Bay of the Ontario Hockey League over the last two seasons. He totaled five goals and 29 points in 107 OHL games over that stretch and added three goals and 11 points in 32 playoff games.

Yakubowski commits to Minot State University

2002-born defender Matthew Yakubowski (two assists in 22 games with Powell River in 2021-22) has committed to Minot State University of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. MSU is located in Minot, North Dakota.

Yakubowski, who is from Winnipeg, played 53 games with the Central Canada Hockey League’s Kemptville 73’s in 2022-23, scoring eight goals and 47 points.

Sarauer jumps to Wenatchee of the WHL as an assistant coach

38-year-old Andrew Sarauer (54 goals, 49 assists in 114 games with Victoria and Langley from 2002-04) post-playing career has started as an assistant coach with the Western Hockey League’s Wenatchee Wild.

Sarauer retired from Fehérvår AV19 of the ICE Hockey League on Tuesday. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan product played with Fehérvår AV19 for nine of the past 10 seasons and posted eight goals and 18 points in 48 games with the club in 2023-24.