BCHL Bulletin: Cristall to sit for three games, Sjoberg joins the Bulldogs for 2022-23, and more!

Cristall suspended three games by BCHL DOPS

The BC Hockey League Department of Player Safety has suspended West Kelowna Warriors forward Tyler Cristall for three games. The hammer comes down after a minor penalty and 10-minute misconduct for a blow to the head was elevated to a major penalty and game misconduct.

The infraction occurred with 5:27 left in the second period of Saturday’s 6-0 loss to Penticton in game two of the Interior Conference final series. Cristall, a 2002-born product of Vancouver, BC, sat out Monday’s game three of the series, in which the Warriors fell 5-2.

He is slated to miss Wednesday’s game four and, if necessary, Friday’s game five against Penticton. Cristall has six goals and 15 points in a dozen playoff games this season for West Kelowna, which trails the series against the Vees 3-0.

Bulldogs bring in Sjoberg for 2022-23

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have recruited 2004-born Kerry Park Islanders forward Mateo Sjoberg for the 2022-23 BCHL season.

Sjoberg, who hails from Surrey, BC, had 11 goals and 33 points in 48 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League games for the Islanders in 2021-22. He also played one game with Alberni Valley as an affiliate player.

Black, Nieuwendyk, and Wilson named BCHL three stars of the week

The BCHL unveiled its three stars of the week on Monday, with Nanaimo Clippers goaltender Cooper Black, and Penticton Vees forwards Jackson Nieuwendyk and Luc Wilson taking the honours.

Black, a 20-year-old from Alpena, MI, recorded back-to-back shutouts last week to lead the Clippers to a 2-0 lead in the Coastal Conference final against Langley. The Dartmouth College commit finished the week with 62 saves and has won 10 straight games to open the 2022 BCHL playoffs.

Nieuwendyk, a 2002-born product of Dallas, TX, scored three goals and added one assist for four points in two contests last week. He recorded three goals on Friday, and then an assist on Saturday as the Vees opened a 2-0 lead over West Kelowna in the Interior Conference final.

Wilson, a 2001-born Duncan, BC native, led the league in points last week with five in two games played. He scored in an 8-1 drubbing of the Warriors on Friday and then notched two goals and two assists to seal a 6-0 win over West Kelowna on Saturday.

Parkhouse commits to Simon Fraser University

2001-born Powell River Kings forward Caleb Parkhouse has committed to Simon Fraser University to play in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League this fall.

The hometown Powell River, BC product tallied 11 goals and 21 points in 43 games with the Kings this past season. He also chipped in eight points in 19 games with Powell River during the 2021 pod season.

Popoff signs with EHF Passau Black Hawks

Forward Carter Popoff (one assist in six games with Penticton and Surrey in 2011-12) has signed with EHF Passau Black Hawks of Germany’s Oberliga for the 2022-23 season. Oberliga is the third tier of German professional hockey.

The 26-year-old from Richmond, BC spent the 2021-22 season with Neuilly-sur-Marne of the French Ice Hockey Federation Division 1 and posted 11 goals and 34 points in 26 games.