BCHL Bulletin: Bucks make a big deal with Langley, Wyszomirski back in the Circle City, and more!

Bucks send Gelbard to Langley

The Cranbrook Bucks traded 2005-born forward Walker Gelbard to the Langley Rivermen in exchange for future considerations, the team announced on Thursday afternoon.

Gelbard, who’s from North Vancouver, BC, had a goal and four points in 22 games with the Bucks this season. He had a stellar season for Cranbrook as a 15-year-old affiliate player in 2020-21, putting up two goals and nine points in 12 games.

Kehler traded in the ECHL from Cincinnati to Utah

Goaltender Cole Kehler (18-24-0, 3.84 goals-against average, .898 save percentage in 43 games with Merritt in 2015-16) was traded in the ECHL on Thursday from the Cincinnati Cyclones to the Utah Grizzlies for future considerations.

The 24-year-old from Altona, MB has split this season between the Cyclones and Rapid City Rush, posting a 3-1-1 record, a 3.83 goals-against average, and an .857 save percentage.

Christensen brought up from Worcester to Springfield

Forward Blake Christensen (16 goals, 20 assists in 52 games with Wenatchee in 2015-16) was called up by the American Hockey League’s Springfield Thunderbirds from the Worcester Railers of the ECHL on Thursday.

Christensen, a 26-year-old from Coral Springs, FL, has four goals and nine points in 13 games with the Railers so far this season. He is also scoreless in seven games with the Thunderbirds in 2021-22.

Wyszomirski inks a deal with Indy of the ECHL

Defenseman Craig Wyszomirski (eight goals, 28 assists in 54 games with Surrey in 2012-13) has signed a contract for the remainder of 2021-22 with the Indy Fuel of the ECHL.

The 29-year-old product of Mahwah, NJ didn’t play during the 2020-21 season but was the captain of the Fuel in 2019-20 when he posted four goals and 10 points in 43 games.

Foley sent down to Wheeling of the ECHL by the Baby Pens

Defenseman¬†Matt Foley¬†(one goal, eight assists in 38 games with Merritt in 2014-15) has been released from his professional tryout with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League and will return to the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers.

Foley, a 26-year-old from Longmeadow, MA, has a goal and three assists in 17 games with the Nailers as a sophomore this season.

Robson called up from ECHL Cincinnati to Rochester of the AHL

Goaltender¬†Mat Robson¬†(35-13-0, 1.94 goals-against average, .930 save percentage, and six shutouts in 49 games with Penticton in 2016-17) was recalled by the Rochester Americans of the AHL from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL on Wednesday. He’s currently in the AHL’s COVID-19 protocols.

The 25-year-old Mississauga, ON native is 10-6-1 with a 2.51 goals-against average, a .902 save percentage, and one shutout in 17 games with the Cyclones thus far this season. He also played three games with Rochester, going 2-1-0 with a 5.87 goals-against average and an .826 save percentage.

Hutchison reassigned from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to Wheeling

Hicksville, NY product Nick Hutchison (23 goals, 29 assists in 63 games with Salmon Arm from 2014-16) was sent down by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL on Thursday.

In 18 games with the Nailers this season, Hutchison, 26, has nine goals and 25 points. He’s also gone pointless in four games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2021-22.

Three Stars of the Night ‚≠ź‚≠ź‚≠ź

First Star: Wenatchee goaltender Tyler Shea stopped 22 shots through regulation and overtime plus all four in the shootout as the Wild edged Prince George 2-1.

Second Star: Wild forward Cade Stibbe buried the victory-clinching goal as Wenatchee’s fourth shooter in the shootout.

Third Star: Spruce Kings netminder Jordan Fairlie kicked out 38 Wenatchee shots, including 22 in the second period.

Honourable Mentions: Wild forward Hunter Hastings and Prince George forward Ty Gagno provided the scoring in regulation, with each tallying a goal for their respective teams.