BCHL Today: Bulldogs and Chiefs add recruits, seven score first BCHL goals, and more


Bulldogs bring in Buttazzoni for next season

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have recruited 2004-born forward Mirko Buttazzoni for the 2021-22 season.

Buttazzoni had three goals and four points in four games with Burnaby Winter Club Prep of the Canadian Sport School Hockey League U18 this season.

The Langley native also had nine goals and 25 points in 33 games with West Van Academy Elite 15s in CSSHL U16 during the 2019-20 season.

Cowichan Valley vs. Victoria first career BCHL goals

2003-born Victoria Grizzlies defenseman Tanner Attew scored his first BC Hockey League goal at 7:54 of the second period in a 10-0 shellacking of the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

The Surrey product had three goals and four points in eight games with the junior B Knights last season. He added four goals and 25 points in 36 games at West Van Academy Prep in 2019-20 as well.

2002-born Grizzlies forward Matteo Turrin notched his first BCHL goal to make the score 5-0 for Victoria at the 14:34 mark of the second period. The milestone came in his fourth career BCHL game.

The native of Montreal played US high school prep hockey last season, scoring four goals and 16 points in 28 games with Holderness School in New Hampshire.

The game was out of reach, but the goal didn’t mean any less for 2003-born Victoria defenseman Tyler Waram as he found the back of the net for the first time in the BCHL.

Waram, who’s from Edmonds, Washington, scored to make the game 9-0 for the Grizzlies in his fifth BCHL game. He is riding a three-game point streak with a goal and three points over that stretch.

Grizzlies left winger Luc Pelletier posted his first BCHL goal as Victoria’s 10th in the big win over Cowichan Valley on Friday. It came with 20 seconds left in the game.

The 2003-born forward from Courtenay, BC scored in his fifth BCHL game. He now has a goal and three points as a rookie this season.

Cranbrook vs. Trail first career BCHL goals

Despite being the second-youngest player in the league this season, 2005-born Cranbrook Bucks forward Walker Gelbard has seven points in his first eight BCHL games, including his first goal Friday against Trail.

The native of North Vancouver, BC tallied the Bucks’ second goal of the game at 2:18 to bring Cranbrook to within one en route to a 4-3 loss to the Smoke Eaters.

Chiefs add Messineo for 2021-22 season

According to the BCHL website, the Chilliwack Chiefs have brought in 2002-born defenseman Thomas Messineo as a new recruit for the 2021-22 season.

Messineo didn’t get into any games of record this season after playing 28 with St. Sebastian’s School in 2019-20. The Westwood, Massachusetts finished with two goals and 13 points.

Vernon vs. West Kelowna first career BCHL goals

2003-born West Kelowna forward Damon Jugnauth scored his first BCHL goal 39 seconds into the first period in a 3-2 win for the Warriors over the Vernon Vipers.

Jugnauth, who hails from Calgary, was playing in his eighth BCHL game. He had 11 goals and 38 points in 35 games with Edge School of the CSSHL U18 in 2019-20.

Powell River vs. Surrey first career BCHL goals

2002-born Powell River forward Dawson Milliken scored his first BCHL goal in the Kings’ 9-3 loss to the Surrey Eagles. Milliken’s goal came at 1:49 of the second period.

It was Milliken’s ninth career BCHL game after the Kings recruited the product of Canmore, Alberta last October. He had 26 points in 32 games with Okanagan Hockey Academy Red U18 Prep in 2019-20.

BCHL and Canucks Alumni announce scholarship winners

The BCHL and Canucks Alumni announced 10 new scholarship recipients for the 2020-21 season. Each former BCHL player receives a $2,500 scholarship to a Canadian post-secondary school.

The recipients for this season are:

The recipients of the scholarships were determined by a selection committee from the BCHL and based on the individual’s academics, hockey, and community service.

Bottini suspended three games for a blow to the head

Penticton Vees forward Stefano Bottini has been suspended three games after a major penalty and game misconduct he received for charging during Thursday’s win over Cranbrook was changed to a blow to the head penalty.

The 2002-born forward will miss the Vees game on Saturday against Trail, and Sunday and Wednesday against Cranbrook. He is eligible to return in next Friday’s game versus the Smoke Eaters.

Devils send Street from their taxi squad to the minors

Forward Ben Street (42 goals, 60 assists in 110 games with Salmon Arm from 2003-05) has been assigned by the New Jersey Devils to the Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League from their taxi squad.

Street, 34, has five goals and nine assists in 14 games with Binghamton this season. The Coquitlamite is wearing the captain’s “C” for the baby Devils for the second straight season.

Three Stars of the Night ⭐⭐⭐

First Star: Victoria captain Brady MacDonald notched four assists in the Grizzlies 10-0 thumping of Cowichan Valley.

Second Star: Warriors goaltender Johnny Derrick stopped 42 shots in a 3-2 win against Vernon.

Third Star: Spruce Kings forward Christian Buono had a goal and two assists in a 5-0 shutout of Merritt.

Honourable Mentions: Prince George goaltender Kobe Grant and Victoria netminder Carter Woodside each stopped 19 shots for their first career shutouts. Grizzlies forward Andrew Amousse and Bucks forward Walker Gelbard each posted a goal and two assists. Smoke Eaters forward Noah Wakeford and West Kelowna forward Porter Dawson each posted two assists.