BCHL Bulletin: Wood and Nadeau invited to Canada’s summer U18 selection camp, Hiebert signs in the ECHL, and more!

Wood and Nadeau get invites from Hockey Canada

Hockey Canada unveiled the invitees to its national men’s summer under-18 selection camp on Thursday and two BCHL players are among those listed.

2005-born Victoria Grizzlies forward Matthew Wood and 2005-born Penticton Vees forward Bradly Nadeau will both participate in the camp, which runs July 20 – 23 in Calgary, AB.

From Lethbridge, AB, Wood led the BCHL with 45 goals and 85 points in 2021-22. He was named rookie of the year, a first team all-star, and to the all-rookie team.

Nadeau was a pivotal contributor to the Vees this past season, tallying 20 goals and 46 points in 49 games. The St-François-de-Madawaska, NB native added 24 points in 17 games during Penticton’s championship run.

Hiebert goes pro with Fort Wayne

With 2001-born Victoria Grizzlies defender Clark Hiebert having aged out of junior hockey, the Oakville, ON product has signed with the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL for the 2022-23 season.

Hiebert led all BCHL blueliners with 48 assists and 56 points in 48 games 2021-22 and was named a first team all-star. He attended prospects camp with the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves last fall.

Denis returns to the Walleye for 2022-23

30-year-old defender Simon Denis (nine goals, 33 assists in 111 games with Burnaby from 2008-10) has signed with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye for the upcoming season.

The Burnaby, BC product played only four games of note this past season, posting two assists with Japan at Division 1 – Group B World Hockey Championship. Denis previously played with the Walleye from 2016-18 before spending a pair of seasons in the Asia League.

Esposito and Kaldis re-up with Bakersfield

The Bakersfield Condors signed defender Yanni Kaldis (18 goals, 92 assists in 112 games with Nanaimo from 2014-16) and forward Luke Esposito (17 goals, 54 assists in 55 games with Chilliwack in 2012-13) to one-year AHL contracts for the 2022-23 season on Thursday.

Kaldis, a 26-year-old from St-Laurent, QC, led all Condors blueliners in scoring this past season, putting up seven goals and 31 points in 53 games.

Esposito, who hails from Greenwich, CT, notched eight goals and 25 points in 63 games with Bakersfield in 2021-22. It was the 28-year-old’s fourth season with the Condors.

Howarth inks an extension with Rockford

Forward Kale Howarth (66 goals, 80 assists in 148 games with Trail from 2015-18) has signed an extension for 2022-23 with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.

Howarth, a 25-year-old from Red Deer, AB, posted two goals and one assist in a dozen games with the IceHogs last season. He also added four points in five games with the ECHL’s Indy Fuel.

Masson won’t return to Neuilly sue Marne

Neuilly-sur-Marne of French Ice Hockey Federation Division 1 announced on Thursday that forward Zac Masson (33 goals, 60 assists in 173 games with Langley from 2014-17) won’t return to the team in 2022-23.

The 26-year-old product of Newmarket, ON had eight goals and 15 points in 26 games with the Bisons in 2021-22, his first season of pro hockey after four years at the University of Alaska-Anchorage.