BCHL Bulletin: Vees forward Moravec is off to Minnesota State, Express alum Lucic wins world championship gold, and more!

Vees forward Moravec commits to Minnesota State

Penticton Vees forward Brett Moravec has committed to Minnesota State University for this coming September. The school’s campus is located in Mankato, Minnesota.

Moravec, who hails from Airdrie, Alta., was previously committed to the University of Wisconsin, but shifted gears to Minnesota. The 2003-born forward had 29 goals and 57 points in 54 games with the Vees this past season.

He added 10 goals and 17 points in 17 Fred Page Cup playoff games as Penticton clinched its second straight BCHL crown.

Oakley takes his game to York University

Langley Rivermen forward Keaton Oakley is off to York University to play USPORTS hockey this fall. The product of Surrey, B.C. posted 13 goals and 35 points to finish third in scoring on the Rivermen in 2022-23. Oakley added a goal and an assist in six playoff games.

The 2002-born forward finishes his B.C. Hockey League career with 31 goals and 84 points in 131 games split between Langley and the Coquitlam Express.

Surrey adds Mahesh as an assistant coach

The Surrey Eagles announced the hiring of Harry Mahesh as an assistant coach on Saturday. The 35-year-old from Vanderhoof, B.C. spent the 2022-23 season as an assistant coach for the Powell River Kings.

Mahesh started 2021-22 as general manager and head coach of the Winnipeg Freeze in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League before the two parties mutually parted ways on Nov. 23, 2021, after putting up a 3-15-2 record. He was also an assistant coach with the MJHL’s Winkler Flyers in 2020-21.

Lahey secures his future at Clarkson University

2006-born Nanaimo Clippers defender Matthew Lahey has committed to Clarkson University to play NCAA Division I hockey at the Potsdam, New York campus in September 2024.

The Victoria product had a single assist in 34 games for the Clippers this past season. He also added two assists in 11 playoff games. Lahey was selected by the Prince George Cougars in the third round, 63rd overall, in the Western Hockey League’s 2021 Prospects Draft.

Lucic and Canada strike gold at the World Hockey Championship

Forward Milan Lucic (nine goals, 14 assists in 50 games with Coquitlam in 2004-05) and Canada won gold at the IIHF World Hockey Championship on Sunday with a 5-2 victory over Germany. For the 34-year-old Vancouver product, it’s the first time he’s claimed gold while representing Canada.

Lucic finished the tournament with two goals and four points in 10 games as an alternate captain for the Canadian squad. His appearance came after a National Hockey League season where he put up seven goals and 19 points in 77 games with the Calgary Flames.

He is eligible to become an NHL unrestricted free agent at the end of June after finishing up a seven-year, $42-million contract he signed with the Edmonton Oilers back in 2016.