BCHL Bulletin: Cents pick up forward Lowe, Bucks send Kindrachuk to Okotoks, and more!

Cents acquire veteran forward Lowe

The Merritt Centennials have signed 2002-born forward Christian Lowe, who played with the Trail Smoke Eaters during the 2021-22 season.

Lowe, a product of Port Moody, BC, finished with two goals and five points in 35 games with the Smokies. He also had a goal and two assists in 14 games with Cranbrook during the 2020-21 pod season in Penticton.

Bucks move Kindrachuk to Okotoks

The Cranbrook Bucks have traded 2002-born forward Zeth Kindrachuk to the Okotoks Oilers of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

The native of Calgary, AB spent the last two seasons with the Bucks, tallying five goals and 16 points in 50 BC Hockey League games. He added three points in five games during this year’s playoffs.

Smokies trade Moger to Prince George

The Prince George Spruce Kings have acquired 2002-born defender Cameron Moger from the Trail Smoke Eaters. Moger’s junior A rights are the future considerations to complete the trade on Oct. 1 which saw 2001-born forward Corey Cunningham go from the Spruce Kings to the Smokies.

Moger, from Vernon, BC, is committed to Michigan Tech University for next September. He had five goals and 17 points in 46 games for Trail this past season after posting a goal in five games during the 2020-21 pod season.

Barton leaves Trail to go to school

2003-born Trail Smoke Eaters defender Joel Barton won’t return to the West Kootenay city in 2022-23 to play in the BCHL.

The Kelowna, BC product will instead move to London, ON to attend the University of Western Ontario with a design on studying medical sciences.

Barton finished the 2021-22 season with three goals and seven points in 38 games with the Smoke Eaters as a rookie.

Lemay gets a bona fide formality with Washington

The Washington Capitals announced on Thursday that they have extended a bona fide contract offer to 19-year-old defender Joaquim Lemay (10 assists in 15 games with Salmon Arm in 2020-21), who they selected in the fourth round of last year’s NHL Draft.

It’s something the Caps had to do to carry Lemay’s rights for another year, keeping him on their reserve list. It doesn’t mean he’s signed an NHL contract with Washington yet.

Lemay, who’s from St-Pierre-les-Becquets, QC, heads to the University of Nebraska-Omaha this fall. He posted nine goals and 46 points in 58 games with Lincoln of the US Hockey League this past season.

Gerrie takes his game to Dundee

Forward Chris Gerrie (16 goals, 26 assists in 56 games with Penticton in 2015-16) has signed with the Dundee Stars of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom.

The 26-year-old from Edmonton, AB appeared in 54 games with the EIHL’s Guildford Flames this past season, notching 13 goals and 34 points. It was his first season playing overseas after one season in the ECHL.

Colley signs with Corvaire for 2022-23

24-year-old forward Parker Colley (32 goals, 57 assists in 171 games with Prince George and Nanaimo from 2015-18) has turned pro and signed a contract with Dunkerque of FFHG, Division 1 in France.

The product of Pitt Meadows, BC wrapped up a four-year NCAA Division III career at Marian University earlier this spring. He finished with 26 goals and 79 points in 97 games with Marian.