BCHL Bulletin: Fechko signs in the AJHL, May waived by the WHL’s Giants, and more!

Fechko joins Spruce Grove of the AJHL

2003-born forward Trey Fechko, who was traded from the Trail Smoke Eaters to the Wenatchee Wild last month, has signed with the Spruce Grove Saints of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.

Fechko, a native of Raritan, New Jersey, was a rookie with the Smoke Eaters in 2022-23, posting nine goals and 23 points in 25 games. He is committed to Arizona State University starting in September 2024.

When the Wild’s BCHL franchise went dormant after the Western Hockey League’s Winnipeg ICE relocated to Wenatchee, Fechko was eligible to sign with any BCHL team. However, since the BCHL isn’t a member of Hockey Canada anymore, he was also a free agent for all junior A teams in Canada.

May waived in the WHL by the Vancouver Giants

The Vancouver Giants announced on Friday that 2003-born forward Sammy May (two goals, nine assists in 22 games with Langley in 2021-22) cleared WHL waivers and is eligible to sign with any other Major Junior team.

The product of Richmond, B.C. put up a goal and nine points in 63 games for the Giants this past season. After starting 2021-22 with the Rivermen, he wrapped up the season with three goals and nine points in 22 games with Drayton Valley of the AJHL.

Buono moves from Eppan to Pergine

22-year-old forward Christian Buono (38 goals, 64 assists in 148 games with Coquitlam, Powell River, Merritt, and Prince George from 2016-21) has signed with Pergine of the Italian Hockey League, the second tier of Italian professional hockey.

Buono, who is from Burnaby, B.C., earned nine goals and 36 points in 26 games as an alternate captain with Eppan/Appiano in 2022-23. He added two goals and nine points in nine playoff games. Pergine is a municipality of 21,000 in the northern Italian region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Sudtirol.

Brosseau inks an extension with Kunlun

28-year-old forward Devin Brosseau (58 goals, 96 assists in 144 games with Nanaimo from 2013-16) has signed a one-year extension with the Kunlun Red Star of the Kontinental Hockey League. Kunlun is based out of Beijing, China.

The St. Lambert, Que. native had 14 goals and 19 points in 60 games with the Red Star in 2022-23, his first season in the KHL after a pair of seasons with Bakersfield of the American Hockey League.