BCHL Bulletin: Chiefs, Bucks, and Vees add to their rosters, Dyck transfers to Wisconsin, and more!

Rolston signed by Chiefs

2005-born forward Stone Rolston has signed with the Chilliwack Chiefs for the upcoming season.

Rolston, who hails from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, played in 61 games with Little Caesars U18 AAA during the 2022-23 season. He scored 25 times and added 30 assists.

Little Caesars is a famed hockey club in Detroit, Michigan. Rolston also played three games with the USNTDP Junior program in the United States Hockey League, earning an assist. With the U.S. National U18 Team, he also had one assist in three games.

Bucks earn a commitment from Hynes

2006-born forward Sammy Hynes has committed to the Cranbrook Bucks for the 2023-24 BCHL season.

Hynes, who is from Calgary, Alta., played 31 regular season games with Southern Alberta Hockey Academy U18 Prep of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, scoring five goals and 23 points. He also had two points in three CSSHL playoff contests.

Hynes joined the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Spruce Grove Saints for one game as well.

Vees add two more commits

Another busy day for the Penticton Vees saw the commitments of 2004-born forward Austin Cameron and 2005-born forward Carson Lesiuk.

Cameron, who hails from Kelowna, B.C., played 34 regular season games with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Summerland Steam, scoring eight goals and 23 points. He had three assists in four playoff games. Cameron was also a member of the Vees for four games as an affiliate player in 2022-23, where he scored one goal.

Lesiuk, who is from Duncan, B.C., spent his entire 2022-23 season with Pacific Coast Academy U18 Prep of the CSSHL U18 league. He scored 18 goals and 25 assists in 32 regular season games and added two points in three playoff contests.

Dyck transfers to the University of Wisconsin

2004-born forward Tyson Dyck (37 goals, 43 assists in 60 games with Cranbrook from 2020-22) has transferred from the University of Massachusetts to the University of Wisconsin. His new school is located in Madison, Wisconsin.

Dyck, who is from Abbotsford, B.C., played 28 games at UMass in 2022-23, earning five goals and four assists. He was the first ever NHL draft pick in a Bucks uniform, selected in the seventh round of the 2022 draft by the Ottawa Senators.

Rivermen sale approved by BCHL board of governors

The Langley Rivermen are officially the property of local businesspeople Dana Matheson and Jamie Schreder.

Matheson and Schreder’s purchase of the team was approved unanimously by the BCHL’s board of governors. The two take over from John Henderson, who has owned the Rivermen since 2011-12, and begin operation of the club immediately.

Halloran returns to Finland’s Liiga

26-year-old forward Nick Halloran (21 goals, 23 assists in 53 games with Trail in 2015-16) has returned to Liiga, this time with Tappara, after one and a half seasons in Sweden. Tappara is located in Tampere in the southern Finnish region of Pirkanmaa.

Halloran, who is from Draper, Utah, played 27 regular season games with Timra IK of the Swedish Hockey League in 2022-23. The SHL is the top league in Sweden. He earned seven goals and 15 points.

He then joined Modo Hockey of HockeyAllsvenskan, the second tier of pro hockey in Sweden. Over 16 regular season games, he scored three times and added seven assists. Modo played 17 qualification games and Halloran added six goals and 13 points.

Zech heads to Slovakia’s Extraliga

24-year-old defender Cooper Zech (11 goals, 58 assists in 58 games with Wenatchee in 2017-18) has signed with HC Kosice of the Extraliga in Slovakia. Kosice is located in the southeastern area of Slovakia.

Zech, who is from South Lyon, Michigan, played 13 games with the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs in 2022-23, scoring one goal and two points. He also played nine games for the ECHL’s Indy Fuel and Jacksonville Icemen, earning five goals and five assists.

Young takes his game to France

24-year-old defender Michael Young (18 goals, 36 assists in 116 games with Vernon from 2017-19) has completed post-secondary school and has chosen to join Anglet of Ligue Magnus, France’s top tier of professional hockey.

Young, who hails from Medford, Massachusetts, finished his final year of NCAA Division I hockey with Yale University in 2022-23. He was named team captain and played 29 games, earning five assists. Yale is located in New Haven, Connecticut.

Another alumnus heads to France

24-year-old defender Bradley Stonnell (One game with Surrey in 2015-16) has joined French Ice Hockey Federation Division 1’s Les Corsaires de Dunkerque. The team is located in the very northern tip of France, across the English Channel from England.

Stonnell, who hails from Surrey, B.C., split the 2022-23 season between NCAA Division III’s University of Wisconsin-Superior and the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Evansville Thunderbolts. In 26 games at Wisconsin-Superior, Stonnell scored a goal and eight points. With the Thunderbolts, he had two assists.