BCHL Bulletin: Powell River adds Jetté, Spruce Kings ink Hesselgrave and McNeil, and more!

Kings bring in Jetté for 2023-24

The Powell River Kings have signed 2006-born forward Théodore Jetté out of the Saint-Eustache Vikings program in the Ligue de développement du hockey M18 AAA du Québec.

Jetté, who’s from Blainville, Que., put up a dozen goals and 28 points in 42 games with the Vikings in 2022-23. He also added five goals and seven points in seven QM18AAA playoff games.

Spruce Kings sign Hesselgrave and McNeil

The Prince George Spruce Kings “Next Generation” feature was posted on the BCHL website on Thursday and in it were the details around the addition of 2005-born forward Carter Hesselgrave and 2006-born forward Brogan McNeil.

Hesselgrave, a Quesnel, B.C. product, spent 2022-23 with the Cariboo Cougars in the Under-18 AAA division of the British Columbia Elite Hockey League and had five goals and 11 points in 32 games. He also played nine games with the Spruce Kings as an affiliate player during the regular season and a pair of Fred Page Cup playoff games.

McNeil is from Delta, B.C., and was with the Delta Hockey Academy in the Under-18 Prep division of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League in 2022-23. In 32 games at DHA, he posted 17 goals and 27 points. McNeil notched a goal and five assists in four CSSHL U18 Prep playoff games.

Grizzlies to retire Newhook’s number 18

The Victoria Grizzlies announced on Thursday that they plan to retire No. 18 in honour of forward Alex Newhook (60 goals, 108 assists in 98 games with Victoria from 2017-19) on Oct. 6 prior to a game at The Q Centre against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

Newhook, a 22-year-old from St. John’s, Nfld., had 27 goals and 66 points in 159 games for Colorado over the last three seasons. The Avalanche made Newhook the 16th overall selection in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft.

He was traded from Colorado to Montreal on June 27 and signed a four-year contract with the Canadiens worth $11.6 million on July 11.

Warriors hire Findlay as athletic therapist

The West Kelowna Warriors unveiled 27-year-old Cassidy Findlay as their athletic therapist for the 2023-24 season on Thursday. Findlay is from Kelowna, B.C. and recently graduated from Mount Royal University in Calgary with a Post Bachelor’s Certificate in Athletic Therapy.

Findlay replaces Mike Bois, who spent the last dozen years as West Kelowna’s athletic therapist.

Anderson takes his game to Kindersley

2004-born forward Zakery Anderson of the Victoria Grizzlies is off to the Kindersley Klippers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for the 2023-24 season.

Anderson, a Kamloops, B.C. product, had a goal and three assists in 34 games as a rookie for the Grizzlies during the 2022-23 B.C. Hockey League season.

Montgomery-Parsons signs in Wellington, Ont.

2022-23 Alberni Valley Bulldogs affiliate player Austin Montgomery-Parsons has signed with the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for the 2023-24 season. Montgomery-Parsons is a 2004-born forward from Comox Valley, B.C.

He spent last season with his hometown Glacier Kings in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and tallied 23 goals and 56 points in 39 games. He got into two BCHL games with Alberni Valley as an AP.

Jandric inks an extension with Springfield of the AHL

The American Hockey League’s Springfield Thunderbirds have signed forward Steven Jandric (35 goals, 39 assists in 121 games with Salmon Arm and Vernon) to a contract extension for the 2023-24 season.

Jandric is a 26-year-old native of Prince George, B.C. who split the 2022-23 season between the Thunderbirds and the Worcester Railers of the ECHL. He had two goals and eight points in 31 games at the American League level and eight goals and 19 points in 20 ECHL games.

Allan moves in the ECHL from Indiana to Florida

After putting up three goals and eight points in 45 games with the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets, defender Scott Allan (seven goals, 25 assists in 98 games with West Kelowna from 2015-17) has inked a deal with the Florida Everblades in the same league.

The 27-year-old from Thornton, Colorado played five seasons at Concordia University of Edmonton in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference, compiling six goals and 33 points in 89 games.