BCHL Today: Commissioner Chris Hebb says 2020-21 could be lost and teams could fold, Smokies lose Tambellini to NHL job, Express hire Cioffi as head coach, and more

BCHL commissioner says teams could fold if there’s no 2020-21 season

In a story on Vancouver radio station NEWS 1130‘s website, BCHL commissioner Chris Hebb says there is a chance the 2020-21 season will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He adds that if the season doesn’t go ahead, teams have the option to take a hiatus.

In the same breath, Hebb predicts some of the franchises to go on hiatus won’t be able to recover and will fold. “In some cases, I think some teams could in danger of folding altogether, we haven’t had any indication of that yet, but it would not be out of the realm of possibility.”

Smokies lose GM and head coach Tambellini to NHL scouting job

The Trail Smoke Eaters are looking for a new GM and head coach following the resignation of Jeff Tambellini. The 36-year-old has joined the Tampa Bay Lightning as college and pro scout.

He had a 70-46-15-1 record in the last two seasons with the Smoke Eaters. Tambellini will help with the search for a new GM and head coach and also serve as a special advisor for the Smokies in 2020-21.

Tambellini is also a former BCHL player, putting up 67 goals and 101 assists in 88 games for the Chilliwack Chiefs from 2000-02.

Express hire Cioffi as head coach

The Coquitlam Express named its new head coach on Wednesday, with Dan Cioffi taking over from the departed Jason Fortier.

Cioffi spent the 2019-20 season as the head coach of the Valley West Giants of the BC Major Midget League. He’s had previous coaching and management stops in the BCHL in Trail, Langley, Salmon Arm, and Burnaby.

In the news release announcing Cioffi’s hiring, the Express referred to Dave McLellan as the team’s general manager. McLellan is listed on Coquitlam’s website as president of the club, but today’s announcement indicates he has taken on the GM role as well.

Bucks team up with Cranbrook Minor Hockey

The Cranbrook Bucks have struck a deal with the Cranbrook Minor Hockey Association that includes branding and resources. Cranbrook Minor Hockey’s new logo incorporates the Bucks logo and all minor hockey teams in Cranbrook are rebranded as the Cranbrook Minor Hockey Bucks.

Three Stars of the Night ⏪ April 16, 2018

First Star: Wenatchee captain AJ Vanderbeck had a goal and two assists as the Wild won game three of the Fred Page Cup final 4-3 in double overtime.

Second Star: Spruce Kings forward Blake Hayward had two goals in the loss.

Third Star: Wild forward Zak Galambos scored the winning goal 12:16 into the second overtime period.

Honourable Mentions: Wenatchee goaltender Austin Park made 38 saves in just over 92 minutes of game action. Wild defenceman Jacob Modry notched the tying goal 9:05 into the third period.