BCHL Bulletin: Hockey world mourns Dhaliwal’s passing, Kawaguchi aims for another year with the Stars, and more!

Warriors mourn the passing of Dhaliwal

According to numerous online media reports, former West Kelowna Warriors forward Parmjot Dhaliwal died in a hotel in New York City on the weekend. Condolences came in from around the hockey world once news of Dhaliwal’s passing became known.

Dhaliwal, who was 23, played four seasons for the Warriors from 2016-20 and put up 38 goals and 120 points in 148 games. He missed the entire 2019-20 season with concussion symptoms.

The entire team at BCHLNetwork joins the hockey community in mourning the loss of Dhaliwal.

Kawaguchi returns to the Texas Stars

Forward Jordan Kawaguchi (120 goals, 122 assists in 213 games for Chilliwack from 2013-17) has signed a one-year American Hockey League contract with the Texas Stars.

Kawaguchi, an Abbotsford, BC product, posted six goals and 23 points in 49 games last season as a rookie for the Stars. The 25-year-old also appeared in two playoff games for the Stars but didn’t register any points.

Johnson will play for Canada at World Juniors

One BCHL alumnus has been named to the Canadian men’s hockey team that is heading to Edmonton for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.

19-year-old forward Kent Johnson (61 goals, 86 assists in 111 games with Trail from 2017-20) is a rostered player for Team Canada. Johnson finished the 2021-22 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets and notched three assists in nine games.

He also put up eight goals and 37 points in 32 NCAA games as a sophomore at the University of Michigan before signing with the Blue Jackets.

Manz transfers to play for the Yellow Jackets

22-year-old center Dustin Manz (48 goals, 65 assists in 116 games with Prince George from 2017-19) has transferred from Lake Superior State University to American International College for the upcoming NCAA season.

Manz, who’s from Vanderbilt, MI, put up 11 goals and 30 points in 103 games for the Lakers over the last three seasons. He was an alternate captain at LSSU in 2021-22.

Donohue signs a contract in Finland for 2022-23

North Oaks, MN product Seamus Donohue (one goal, 12 assists in 40 games with Penticton in 2015-16) will play overseas for the first time in his career after signing with SaiPa in Finland’s Liiga.

The 26-year-old defender had five points in seven ECHL games with South Carolina to round out 2021-22 after signing in March. Before turning pro, he spent the season at St. Cloud State, posting 16 points in 35 games.