BCHL Bulletin: Butikis joins the Capitals crease, Symons heads to Oswego State, and more!

Caps add Butikis to their crease

The Cowichan Valley Capitals have added 2005-born goaltender Cody Butikis for the 2023-24 B.C. Hockey League season. Butikis, who hails from Sewell, New Jersey, went 25-12-1 with a 2.61 goals-against average, and a .919 save percentage in 40 games at Mount St. Charles Academy this past season.

He also had three shutouts in seven games for Mount St. Charles in the NorthEast Pack Hockey League. Butikis also posted a 1.57 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in NEPACK U18 play.

Symons secures his future at Oswego State

Powell River Kings forward Cam Symons has committed to Oswego State University to play NCAA Division III hockey this September. The school is located in Oswego, New York, 64 kilometres northwest of Syracuse.

Symons, from Kingsville, Ont., finished with 16 goals and 42 points in 54 games with the Kings this past season, his final one in junior hockey. The 2002-born right winger added three assists in five playoff games.

BCHL names final three stars of the week for the season

The BCHL has named 2004-born Penticton forward Aydar Suniev as the first star of the week. Suniev, who’s committed to the University of Massachusetts for this September, had five points in two games last week, including two goals and three assists. The 2023 NHL Draft prospect ended the BCHL playoffs with 23 points in 15 games.

2003-born Vees forward Josh Nadeau was named the second star of the week after potting three goals in a pair of games last week. The University of Maine commit had a pair of goals in game three of the Fred Page Cup final series and added another in the game four, series-clinching victory.

Penticton netminder Luca Di Pasquo earned third-star honours after going 2-0 with a .931 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against average in both games last week. The 2003-born Michigan State-committed goalie wrapped the playoffs with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage to go along with a 16-0-1 record and one shutout in the post-season.

Nonis joins Calgary Flames front office

Veteran National Hockey League executive Dave Nonis (21 goals, 58 assists in 66 games with Burnaby from 1982-84) was announced as Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations and Assistant General Manager of the Calgary Flames on Tuesday.

Nonis, who hails from Burnaby, B.C., last worked in the NHL in 2021-22, when he was an Assistant General Manager for the Anaheim Ducks. He has 24 years of experience in NHL front offices with Vancouver, Toronto, and Anaheim.

Vincent inks an AHL deal

Forward Anthony Vincent (12 goals, 25 assists in 79 games with Chilliwack from 2016-18) has signed an American Hockey League contract with the San Jose Barracuda for the 2023-24 season.

The 25-year-old from Wilton, Connecticut notched a pair of assists in 14 games with the Barracuda in 2022-23 after signing an amateur tryout in March. Vincent played his final NCAA season at Long Island University and posted 17 goals and 37 points in 36 games.

Bailey joins Ingolstadt for 2023-24

Forward Casey Bailey (41 goals, 41 assists in 111 games with Alberni Valley from 2009-11) has signed with the ERC Ingolstadt of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for 2023-24.

The 31-year-old from Anchorage, Alaska, had 55 goals and 124 points in 140 games with the DEL’s Iserlohn Roosters over the last three seasons. Bailey served as an alternate captain for the Roosters this past season.

Maier takes his game to Germany next season

Forwards Cole Maier (25 goals, 29 assists in 58 games with Nanaimo in 2014-15) has signed a contract for the 2023-24 season with the Nürnberg Ice Tigers of the DEL.

Maier, a 27-year-old from Pequannock, New Jersey, spent the last four seasons with Manitoba of the American Hockey League after turning pro with the Moose in the spring of 2019. He compiled 48 goals and 94 points in 213 career games in Manitoba.

Three former BCHLers claim national junior A gold

The Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League claimed the Centennial Cup as national junior A champions on Sunday with a 4-0 win over Battlefords of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. It is Brooks’ third straight national crown.

The Bandits roster features three former BCHL players in defenders Aaron Brown (three goals, nine assists in 32 games with Cowichan Valley in 2022-23) and Weston Turner (two assists in nine games with Wenatchee in 2021-22) as well as forward Davide Patella (18 goals, 19 assists in 81 games with Merritt from 2021-23).

Williams wins NAHL championship with Oklahoma

Forward Brendan Williams (four assists in 16 games with Coquitlam in 2021-22) and the Oklahoma Warriors clinched the Robertson Cup as North American Hockey League champions on Tuesday. The Warriors claimed the title with a 4-3 win over the Austin Bruins in the championship game.

Williams, who’s from San Juan Capistrano, California, was named Robertson Cup Most Valuable Player and nabbed a spot on the All-Tournament Team. The 2002-born forward was fourth in NAHL playoff scoring with eight goals and 12 points in nine games.