BCHL Bulletin: Grizzlies add King to their den, Johnson and Canada open WJC with a win, and more!

Grizzlies add King to their roster

The Victoria Grizzlies have signed 2004-born defenseman Nathan King and added him to their active roster. The Victoria, BC product has played four games with the Grizz this season as an affiliate player.

He spent most of the 2021-22 season to this point with the South Island Royals U18 AAA of the BC Elite U18 Hockey League, where he posted three goals and 18 points in 19 games. King also appeared in one game as an affiliate player with the Victoria Cougars of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and scored a goal.

Canada opens World Juniors with a win over Czechia

Forward Kent Johnson (61 goals and 86 assists in 112 games with Trail from 2018-20) didn’t find the scoresheet but he and Canada skated away with a 6-3 victory over Czechia on day one of the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton, AB.

The 19-year-old University of Michigan sophomore has four goals and 23 points in 17 games with the Wolverines this season.

Shinkaruk rejoins the ECHL’s Heartlanders

30-year-old forward Carter Shinkaruk (25 goals, 35 assists in 173 games with Langley, Powell River, and Merritt from 2009-12) has signed an ECHL contract with the Iowa Heartlanders of the ECHL and played for them as a defenseman on Boxing Day.

The Langley, BC product has three goals and 15 points in 20 games with the Quad City Storm of the Southern Professional Hockey League this season. He was signed with the Heartlanders earlier this month and played a game for Iowa on Dec. 11 against Toledo.