BCHL Bulletin: Express and Kings make trades, Spruce Kings forward joins Janesville of the NAHL, and more!

Express bring in O’Brien from Penticton

Coquitlam and Penticton connected on a trade to open the new year that sees 2002-born forward Trevor O’Brien join the Express while the Vees get future considerations. O’Brien, who hails from Hingham, MA, had two goals and six points in 18 games as a rookie with the Vees this season.

Chiefs move Bourdon on to Powell River

The Chilliwack Chiefs traded 2003-born defenseman Lucas Bourdon to the Powell River Kings in exchange for future considerations, the team announced on Friday afternoon.

Bourdon, who’s from Vancouver, BC, didn’t have any points in five games with the Chiefs this season. He had a solid season for Chilliwack as a 17-year-old in 2020-21, putting up a goal and two assists in 18 games.

Doyle leaves Prince George for Janesville of the NAHL

The Prince George Spruce Kings have released 2002-born forward Jimmy Doyle to the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League. PG gets a player development fee in return.

The Plainfield, IL native put up three goals and an assist in 17 games with the Spruce Kings this season. He is committed to St. Lawrence University for this September.

Alberni Valley vs. Cowichan Valley first career BCHL goals

Alberni Valley defenseman Kai Greaves scored his first career BC Hockey League goal as the Bulldogs defeated the Cowichan Valley Capitals 2-0 on Saturday.

Greaves’ goal came at 6:45 of the second period and stood up as the game-winner. The milestone marker came in the Cambridge, ON product’s 23rd career BCHL game.

Weatherby called up by the San Jose Sharks

Forward Jasper Weatherby (49 goals, 57 assists in 104 games with Wenatchee from 2016-18) was recalled by the NHL’s San Jose Sharks from the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

The 23-year-old from Portland, OR has two goals and six points as a rookie with the Sharks this season. He also has one assist in two games with the Barracuda.

Blase signed by Ontario of the AHL as an EBUG

Goalie Billy Blase (18-10-0, 3.52 goals-against average, .893 save percentage in 29 games with Salmon Arm in 2005-06) signed as an emergency backup with the Ontario Reign of the AHL for its game on New Year’s Eve.

The 34-year-old hasn’t played a full season since 2013-14 when he got into 11 games with Français Volants Paris of FFHG, Division 2, which is the third tier of pro hockey in France.

Carr signs an extension with Lugano

Forward Daniel Carr (10 goals, 17 assists in 22 games with Powell River in 2009-10) signed a three-year extension with HC Lugano in Switzerland’s National League through the 2024-25 season on Saturday.

The 30-year-old from Sherwood Park, AB had seven goals and 13 points in 12 games with Lugano this season before a concussion sidelined him indefinitely.

Three Stars of the Night ⭐⭐⭐

First Star: Salmon Arm forward Daniel Panetta scored all three of the Silverbacks’ goals in a 3-0 win over Vernon.

Second Star: Victoria forward Ellis Rickwood notched a goal and three assists in the Grizzlies’ 4-1 thumping of Powell River.

Third Star: Grizzlies forward Connor Eddy finished the night with two goals and an assist.

Honourable Mentions: Silverbacks goaltender Owen Say stopped 26 shots for the shutout. Bulldogs netminder Hayden Dunford kicked out 19 shots in a shutout. Cranbrook forward Noah Quinn, Langley forward Andrej Kovacevic, and Chilliwack forward Mateo Mrsic each scored a pair of goals. Capitals netminder McCoy Bidewell made 38 saves.