BCHL Bulletin: BCHL announces Fred Page Cup series schedule, O’Brien commits to Williams College, and more!

BCHL unveils Fred Page Cup final schedule

The BC Hockey League announced the schedule on Friday for the Fred Page Cup final series between the Penticton Vees and Nanaimo Clippers.

The series opens on Friday, May 13 with the Vees at home to the Clippers. Penticton hosts game two on Saturday, May 14 before the series heads to Nanaimo for games three and four on May 17 and 18.

It’s the seventh time the two franchises will meet for the BCHL championship, with Penticton and Nanaimo winning three titles each against the other since 1976.

O’Brien commits to NCAA Division III Williams College

Coquitlam Express forward Trevor O’Brien has committed to playing NCAA Division III hockey at Williams College this September.

The 2002-born product of Highham, MA had two goals and 12 points in 46 games split between the Express and the Penticton Vees this past season, his first in the BCHL.

Bucks recruit Henry for 2022-23 season

Skaneateles, NY native Jack Henry has committed to the Cranbrook Bucks for the 2022-23 BCHL season.

The 2004-born defender is committed to Yale University for September 2023. He had 18 goals and 85 points in 86 games with Bishop Kearney Selects 18U AAA this past season.

Smoke Eaters bring in Makway for next season

2004-born forward Judah Makway is the newest commitment to the Trail Smoke Eaters for the 2022-23 BCHL season.

Makway, who is from Trail, BC, played a pair of games with the Smoke Eaters as an affiliate this past season. With Beaver Valley of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, he notched 13 goals and 33 points in 33 games.

Clippers add Murtagh for 2022-23 season

The Nanaimo Clippers have brought 2004-born University of Connecticut commit Michael Murtagh aboard for next season.

The forward from East Greenbush, NY put up 23 goals and 58 points in 60 games split between the Buffalo Regals 18U AAA and The Frederick Gunn School in 2021-22.

Murtagh was selected by the Sioux City Musketeers in the sixth round, 89th overall in this past week’s USHL Entry Draft.

Cents sign Smith for next season

The Merritt Centennials have recruited 2004-born forward Jacob Smith from the KIJHL’s Revelstoke Grizzlies for next season.

Smith, a native of Trail, BC, notched 13 goals and 22 points in 35 games for the Grizzlies in 2021-22. He also got into one game with the Smoke Eaters as an affiliate player.

He played five games with Cranbrook during the 2020-21 BCHL pod season but didn’t register any points.

Garteig returns to ERC Ingolstadt

Goaltender Michael Garteig (92-23-3 with a 2.07 goals-against average, .921 save percentage, 13 shutouts in 120 games with Penticton, Powell River, and Quesnel from 2009-12) signed with ERC Ingolstadt of Deutsche Eishockey Liga for the 2022-23 season.

The 30-year-old from Prince George had a 10-15-9 record with a 2.17 goals-against average, a .904 save percentage, and one shutout in 36 games with HIFK of Finland’s Liiga this past season. He previously played for Ingolstadt during the 2020-21 season.

Edwards won’t return to Kölner Haie

35-year-old defender Maury Edwards (24 goals, 58 assists in 110 games with Alberni Valley from 2005-07) won’t return to Kölner Haie of the DEL in 2022-23 after the club exercised the option of terminating his contract.

The product of Rocky Rapids, AB spent the last two seasons with Kölner Haie, tallying eight goals and 40 points in 73 games. All told, Edwards has spent the last seven seasons playing in the DEL.

Ginn hangs up the pads and joins Manchester as head coach

Goaltender Matt Ginn (29-21-0, 2.82 goals-against average, .916 save percentage, two shutouts in 51 games with Victoria in 2010-11) has retired as a player and joined the Manchester Storm of the Elite Ice Hockey League as its head coach. He was a player-assistant coach for the Storm this past season.

The 31-year-old from Lindsay, ON posted a 4-7-0 record along with a 3.89 goals-against average, an .885 save percentage, and three shutouts in 13 games with Manchester in 2021-22. Ginn ended up with a seven-year pro career, spent mostly in the ECHL and EIHL.