BCHL Bulletin: Spruce Kings bring in Schneider from the USHL, Cornell commit Devlin heads to West Kelowna, and more!

Schneider leaves Waterloo to join the Spruce Kings

2002-born forward Jake Schneider has signed with the Prince George Spruce Kings for the 2022-23 season. He spent 2021-22 with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the US Hockey League.

Schneider, a Colgate University commit from Plymouth, MN, posted six goals and 13 points in 41 games as a rookie with the Black Hawks this past season.

Devlin joins West Kelowna for 2022-23

Memphis, TN product Luke Devlin is off to the West Kelowna Warriors after signing with the Interior Conference club for 2022-23. In the BCHL, he joins his older brother Ian, who is a defender for the Coquitlam Express.

The 2004-born forward spent most of this past season with St. Andrew’s College of the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association, putting up 19 goals and 47 points in 44 games.

Devlin, who’s committed to Cornell University, also had one assist in six games with Des Moines of the US Hockey League and was scoreless in two games each with the USNTDP Juniors and U.S. National U17 Team respectively.

Vipers add Compton to their blueline

After playing two games as an affiliate in 2021-22, the Vernon Vipers have signed 2005-born defender Dylan Compton for the 2022-23 season.

Compton hails from Victoria, BC, and is committed to Northeastern University for September 2023. He had seven goals and 46 points in 36 games with Shawnigan Lake School U18 Prep in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League this past season.

Denver commit Varkonyi signs with Salmon Arm

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks announced on Tuesday the commitment of 2006-born forward Reid Varkonyi of Sherwood Park, AB for 2022-23.

Earlier this spring, Varkonyi made a verbal commitment to play NCAA hockey at the University of Denver. He posted 23 goals and 56 points in 34 games with the CSSHL’s Northern Alberta Xtreme U18 Prep.

He also got into two games with Sherwood Park of the Alberta Junior Hockey League as an affiliate player but didn’t register any points.

Bulldogs graduating forward Van Unen will play at Lakehead University

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Josh Van Unen has committed to Lakehead University to continue his career playing U SPORTS hockey in Thunder Bay, ON.

Van Unen, a 21-year-old from Kamloops, BC, put up 18 goals and 45 points in 50 games with the Bulldogs this past season. He added two goals and two assists in 10 playoff games.

Over the course of his three-year BCHL career, Van Unen tallied 24 goals and 83 points in 112 games split between the Merritt Centennials and Alberni Valley.

Bulldogs assistant Rabbit jumps to the WHL

Alberni Valley Bulldogs assistant coach Wacey Rabbit has left the team to sign with the Western Hockey League’s Saskatoon Blades in the same role.

The 35-year-old from Lethbridge, AB made his coaching debut in Alberni Valley this past season, helping lead the Bulldogs to a first-place finish in the Coastal Conference.

Clippers sale approved by the BCHL’s Board of Governors

The BC Hockey League’s Board of Governors has approved the sale of the Nanaimo Clippers from Wes Mussio to Brad Kwong and Northern Lights Hockey Canada.

Kwong heads up the group which owns the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL and is the former chairman of the USHL’s Board of Governors.

Mussio owned the Clippers since November 2017 and saw the club make the playoffs in each season, including a run to the Fred Page Cup final this past season.

Pavlisin transfers from Wisconsin-Superior to UNLV

Goaltender Landon Pavlisin (9-13-0, 3.71 goals-against average, .894 save percentage in 24 games with Nanaimo in 2018-19) has transferred from the University of Wisconsin-Superior to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas for this fall.

The 22-year-old native of Orange, CA was 3-1-1 with a 3.05 goals-against average, and a .900 save percentage in eight games with UW-Superior in 2021-22. UNLV plays in the American Collegiate Hockey Association while Wisconsin-Superior is an NCAA Division III school.

Buono cut loose by Neuilly-sur-Marne

Defender Carmine Buono (12 goals, 59 assists in 121 games with Powell River from 2014-18) won’t be back with Neuilly-sur-Marne of FFHG, Division 1, which is the second tier of hockey in France.

The 25-year-old from Burnaby, BC had three goals and 19 points in 26 games with Neuilly-sue-Marne in 2021-22, his first professional season. He added an assist in four FFHG, Division 1 playoff games.

Cressey takes his game from Pennsylvania to Germany

Forward Jackson Cressey (54 goals, 70 assists in 170 games with Coquitlam from 2012-16) has signed with EHC Freiburg of DEL2 for the 2022-23 season.

The 26-year-old from West Vancouver, BC had 12 goals and 26 points in 60 games with the ECHL’s Reading Royals this past season. Cressey also chipped in with three assists in the ECHL playoffs.

Barriga turns pro with the Dundee Stars

Left wing Elijiah Barriga (45 goals, 52 assists in 115 games with Salmon Arm from 2015-17) has signed a one-year deal for next year with the Dundee Stars of the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League.

Barriga is a 26-year-old rookie from West Covina, CA, who finished his college career with American International College. During his four seasons with AIC, Barriga scored 29 goals and added 33 assists in 58 games.

Ripplinger inks an extension with the Guildford Flames

Regina, SK product Turner Ripplinger (three goals, six assists in 45 games with Penticton from 2016-17) will be back with the Elite Ice Hockey League’s Guildford Flames in 2022-23.

He signed an extension with the Flames after putting up two goals and nine points in a dozen games last season. Ripplinger signed with Guildford in March after his season ended at the University of Regina.

Donaghy named full-time assistant with the Spokane Chiefs

33-year-old Dustin Donaghy (four goals, one assist in 53 games with Penticton from 2006-07) has signed on for a fourth season behind the bench as an assistant coach for the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs.

The Cranbrook, BC product started his coaching career as an assistant with the Nanaimo Clippers in 2016. He spent two years with Nanaimo before joining Spokane as a part-time assistant coach in 2019-20. Donaghy was elevated to a full-time assistant for the Chiefs this past February.